Find scholarly and popular articles about general literature topics or individual authors and works. In advanced search, you can change the Document Type to what you need, including Literary Criticism, Book Review, Poetry Review, and more.
Stream educational films about American literature, British and Irish Literature, world literature, and more. Click "Humanities and Social Sciences" then scroll to see the English and Language Arts categories.
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Explore Literature topics using the books below. Doing a close reading and analysis? The first four books can be especially helpful.
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Need to know what a word meant when the author used it in the 1600s? Use the OED to find the origin of words with examples throughout history, obscure meanings, derivatives, and obsolete uses.
In these two series, find detailed biographical information, lists of works, and citations for further readings about modern authors, including those active prior to 1960. Ask a librarian how to use the index.
Look here for overviews of literature and writers throughout antiquity, including prose, poetry, drama, speeches, and more.
v. 1: Ancient Egypt, p. 111
v. 2: Ancient Greece and Rome, p. 117
v. 3: Medieval Europe, p. 143
v. 4: Renaissance Europe, p. 117
v. 5: Age of the Baroque and Enlightenment, p. 149
Find in-depth essays about recurring horror figures and themes (vampires, zombies, haunted houses, etc.) in fiction and film, with discussions of their origins and lasting influence in popular culture.
Find quick overviews of literary theories (formalism, structuralism, etc.), including notable theorists, further readings, and questions to ask when critiquing a work. Though not a scholarly source (i.e., you shouldn't cite it), it is great for background information.
Find poet biographies and selected poems. Use the poetry tool to search by first line, category, the poet's location, and more. The glossary is also great for poetry terms, including forms, types, rhythm and meter, schools, periods, techniques, theory, and criticism.