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English Women's Literature - 4543: Criticism & Interpretation

JVL Books: Reference Collection

Searching History & Criticism

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

American  Drama
American Drama History and Criticism
American Poetry 20th Century History and Criticism
English Poetry Explication
Short Stories American History and Criticism
Short Stories American
Short Stories English
American fiction women authors history and criticism
American fiction women authors
Women and Literature

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

Chopin and criticism

OR, search by the playwright's name and criticism 

Example search:

Glaspell and criticism

Collections of Works

Collections of plays, poems, or short stories can be located using the Library Discovery system (see the link below).

Below are some example titles.located at the John Vaughan Library. Some are in the Reference Collection, and others are in the Main Collection.


The Best One-Act Plays (PN6111.B47)
Female Playwrights of the Restoration: Five Comedies(PR1266.F39)
Ottemiller's Index to Plays in Collections: An Author and Title Index to Plays Appearing in Collections Published Since 1900 (Ref. PN1655.O8)
The Play Index (Ref. PN2000.P53) an index to plays in anthologies
Restoration Plays (PR1266.R47)


The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (PS3551 .N464 A17 1994)
Emily Dickinson's Poems: As She Preserved Them (PS1541 .Z5 M483 2016)
A History of Twentieth-Century British Women's Poetry (PR605 .W6 D68 2005)
The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century British and Irish Women's Poetry (PR605 .W6 C36 2011)

Short Stories:

The Best American Short Stories of the Century (PS648 .S5 B4 1999)
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter (PS3531 .O752 A6 1979)
Complete Novels and Stories (PS1294 .C63 A15 2002) by Kate Chopin
Stories, Essays & Memoir (PS3545 .E6 A6 1998) by Eudora Welty

JVL Books: Criticism & Interpretation