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English Language and Literature

Finding Books in the Library

Try a keyword search using terms such as "queer theory" or "new historicism" and then try to locate the appropriate subject headings to find a precise list of books.  For example:

Marxist Criticism



Books will give a broad overview of the theory, journal articles will typically apply a theoretical approach to a specific work or author. Start by gaining a better understanding of the theory before searching for articles.

The Cambridge Companions to Literature series has a number of excellent titles exploring various theories.


Theory Applied...

Are you interested in finding literary criticism that applies a particular literary theory to an author or work?  Use the MLA Bibliography and use the subject headings options:

Year's Work...

The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory is a companion volume to The Year’s Work in English Studies. It provides a narrative bibliography of published work, recording significant debates and issues of interest across a broad range of research in the humanities and social sciences.

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism