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English - Literary Criticism in Heroic Figures: Resources

This guide will help students find literary criticisms for the Heroic Figures course

What is Literary Criticism?

From the Oxford English Dictionary

literary criticism n. the art or practice of judging and commenting on the qualities and character of a literary work; consideration or analysis of a text in relation to language, structure, biography, history, etc., or (in later use, freq. with modifying word) by a particular philosophical, political, or linguistic method; (also) an instance of this, esp. in a written form; a school or method of criticizing literature.

Databases

  1. Go to JSTOR and click on the Advanced Search link
  2. Scroll down and check the Language and Literature box
  3. Scroll to the top and select Article as the Item Type and English as the Language
  4. Enter the title of the work in the first search box and the author in the second
  5. Based on the search results, modify your search using some or all of the following options:
    1. To the right of the first search box, select Item Title from the drop-down menu - this will tell the database to look for criticisms with the name of the work in the title of the article
    2. Add a third search box for further customization. Search term options include character names and literary terms or techniques, such as: Achilles, archetype, hero, anti-hero, ghost, dagger.

  1. Go to Project Muse and click on the Advanced Search link
  2. Enter the title of the work in the first search box and the author in the second
  3. On the left-hand side go the Research Area box and select Literature. Then, go to the Content Type box and select Article
  4. Based on the search results, modify your search using some or all of the following options:
    1. Select Title from the drop-down menu to the far left of the first search box - this will tell the database to look for criticisms with the name of the work in the title of the article.
    2. Add a third search box for further customization. Search term options include character names and literary terms or techniques, such as: Achilles, archetype, hero, anti-hero, ghost, dagger.

Library Catalog

  1. Go to the Calarco Library Catalog and select Advanced Search.
  2. Enter criticism in the first search box and select Any Field from the drop-down menu to the left.
  3. Enter the author in the second search box and select Subject from the drop-down menu to the left.
  4. Modify the search by adding a third search field with the title of the work. Change the adjacent drop-down menu to Any Field.
  5. E-Books will be included in the search results. To view e-books separately, select the e-book filter on the left-hand side of the screen.
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