It is often useful to get a sense of the shifting reception of a literary work from its initial reviews through the centuries. Resources, such as the Gale Literary Criticism Series exist to help you do this.
|Gale Literary Criticism Series|
Provides immediate critical essays on a wide range of authors, usually giving a general overview of a writer's work or themes.
Choose the appropriate set depending on the year of the author's death. Each volume contains cumulative author, nationality and title indexes at the back, referring to the specific volume number and set in which to find the entry.
If author's death date is:
You should turn to:
|After Dec.31 1959
(or author is still living)
|Contemporary Literary Criticism
|1900 - 1959||Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
|1800-1899||Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
|1400-1799||Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800
PN86.L53 1984 SL Compact (not Shakespeare)
|Antiquity-1399||Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
This detailed online series provides comprehensive coverage of critical interpretations of the plays and poems of William Shakespeare.
To find the online volumes, search the title, Shakespearean criticism, in Omni.
Also consider checking the following sections on the subject guide, English Language and Literature.
♦ Literary Theory and Criticism
♦ History of Criticism
♦ Literary Histories