American Literature & Criticism

Background Information

More books about American authors and literature can be found on the fourth floor, in section PS.

American Ethnic Writers REF PS 153. M 56 A 414 2009
American Writers REF PS 129. A 55
Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature REF PN 41. B 4
Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature Online only
Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature REF PS 21. H 32 1986
Contemporary Authors Online only
Contemporary Literary Criticism Online only
Dictionaries of Literary Biography Online only
Glossary of Literary Terms REF PN 41. A 184
Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism Online only
Oxford Companion to American Literature REF PS 21. H 3 1995
Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature REF PS 21. E 537 2004
Oxford English Dictionary REF PE 1625. O 87 1998

Journal Articles

Literature Resource Center
This resource contains a wealth of information about American authors and literature, and can be used to find biographies, plot summaries, and literary criticism.
JSTOR is a journal archive and contains thousands of articles on literature and literary criticism.
Project Muse
Project Muse is a great place to search for literary criticism and humanities research.
MLA International Bibliography
The MLA International Bibliography is the premier source for articles on literature, authors, plays, and literary criticism.
New York Review of Books
This magazine contains intelligent, in-depth reviews of current fiction and non-fiction.

Web Resources

Literary Resources on the Net
This set of pages is a collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature, excluding most single electronic texts, and is limited to collections of information useful to academics.
PAL: Perspectives in American Literature
First published as a book, this ongoing project is now available only online. This online book is organized in chapters and appendices. The ten chapters represent the major literary and historical perspectives, cycles, or movements in American literature.
Visual Thesaurus
The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that show meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. The Library does not subscribe to this Thesaurus, so you will be limited to using only the free services it offers.
Voice of the Shuttle: American Literature
Created by faculty at the University of California at Santa Barbara, this site contains links to sites for dozens of American writers from Colonial times to the present.