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English 4913/5403-Victorian Culture: Criticism & Interpretation

JVL Books: Reference Collection


Searching History & Criticism

Below are examples of search terms, using the "Subject" search option:

  • English Drama 19th century
  • English Poetry 19th century History and Criticism
  • English Literature 19th century History and Criticism
  • English Poetry Explication
  • Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron. 1809-1892 Criticism and Interpretation
  • Modernism (Literature) Great Britain
  • Rossetti, Christina Georgina 1830-1894 Criticism and Interpretation
  • Short Stories English History and Criticism
  • Short Stories English
  • English fiction women authors history and criticism
  • English fiction women authors

To search for criticism about playwrights, poets, or authors, use the "Keyword" search option and combine terms. 
Example search:

  • Kipling and Gunga

OR, search by the playwright's name and criticism 

Example search:

  • Oscar Wilde and criticism

Collections of Works

Collections of plays, poems, or short stories can be located using the Library Discovery system. Below are some example titles.
The following titles are located at the John Vaughan Library. Some are in the Reference Collection, and others are in the Main Collection.


  • Modern English Drama: Dryden, Sheridan, Goldsmith, Shelley, Browning, Byron (AC1 .A4 vol. 18)
  • English Plays of the Nineteenth Century, 5 volumes (PR1271 .B58)
  • The Best One-Act Plays (PN6111.B47) 
  • The Play Index (Ref. PN2000.P53) an index to plays in anthologies
  • Restoration Plays (PR1266.R47)


  • The Cambridge Companion to Wordsworth (PR5888 .C27 2003)
  • Blake's Poetry and Designs: Authoritative Texts, Illuminations in Color and Monochrome, Related Prose, Criticism (PR4141.5 J64 1979 - Broken Arrow campus library)
  • The Complete Poetical Works of William Wordsworth (PR5850 .F04)
  • The Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer through Frost (PR1175 .B4566 2004)
  • Robert Browning's Poetry: Authoritative Texts, Criticism (PR4202 .L59 1979)
  • The Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy (PR4741 .G5 1982)

Short Stories:

  • The Oxford Book of Short Stories (PR1309 .S5 O9 1981)
  • Just so Stories by Rudyard Kipling (F K628ju 19882)
  • Oscar Wilde by Jarlath Killeen (PR5824 .O824 2011) - collection of original articles on Oscar Wilde and his work.

JVL Books: Criticism & Interpretation