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English: Literature, Rhetoric, and Composition: Articles

Scholarly or Not?

You will need to be able to draw a distinction between literary analysis in the popular press ( New York Times) and literary analysis in academic journals (Victorian Studies).

Our online chart Types of Periodicals describes the differences between popular, trade, and scholarly publications.

Print Criticism: Chelsea House


These collections compile criticism about a particular author, and can save you time by gathering much of the major criticism about an author all in one place.

Within each set below, search by time period, or use the index in the final volume to find specific authors. Once you locate the entry on your author, you'll find a collection of criticism about that author, and bibliography for further reading.

Online Criticism: Article Databases

Please note: this is only a selective list; for a complete list of Snell Library resources see our primary sources or A-Z Database page.

You may find additional resources in the Communication and Rhetoric, History, and Cinema subject guides.

Print Criticism: Gale Collections


We have extensive print collections of criticism, covering items published from classical times through the mid-20th century:

  • Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
  • Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
  • Short Story Criticism
  • Shakespearean Criticism
  • Poetry Criticism
  • Drama Criticism
  • Black Literature Criticism

Some articles in these volumes might only be excerpts, meaning that you'd need to track down the longer work from which they were taken. However, this collection can be invaluable in finding leads on what, say, William Blake's contemporaries thought of his work, as opposed to what we think today of his work.

To use these print collections:

  1. Look up your author or title in the Gale Literary Index (for example, here's William Blake)
  2. Note the volume and title of the criticism series with the article you need (in our example, scroll down and note the multiple citations to Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism)
  3. Look that volume up in the catalog (following our example, here's Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism); you might have to request some items from storage by filling out a form at the Circulation Desk in the library.

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