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ENGL 340: Romantic Literature

History of Literary Criticism

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
REF PN771.C59
1900 - 1959 Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
REF PN771.G27
1800-1899 Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
REF PN761.N5
1400-1799 Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800
PN86.L53 1984 SL Compact (not Shakespeare)
Antiquity-1399 Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
REF PN861.5.C57


Also consider checking the following sections on the subject guide, English Language and Literature.

♦ Literary Theory and Criticism
♦ History of Criticism
♦ Literary Histories