Literature Criticism Online


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Gale takes literature, history and culture to the next level with its most extensive curated compilation of literary commentary available: Literature Criticism Online. The  individual, award-winning Gale series that comprise Literature Criticism Online represent a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres. Imagine centuries of analysis — the scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals — delivered in an easy format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals. Gale literary references reach back 20 to 30 years and taken together as print, they could easily fill 230 feet of shelf space! Now, hundreds of volumes are digitized and ready to read 24/7 online. The net result is tens of thousands of hard-to-find essays at your fingertips. It’s all designed to raise the level of research while providing around-the-clock remote access that today’s researchers demand. With its complete and cross-referenced essay content, researchers will need to look no further. Only Literature Criticism Online brings together the most acclaimed literary series from Gale:

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism®
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism®
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism®
  • Literature Criticism from 1400–1800
  • Poetry Criticism
  • Short Story Criticism

More than 200,000 reprinted essays provide both critical perspectives and in-depth contextual information needed to understand the social, political and historical implications
of a work.  This ever-growing collection is where researchers can:

  • Compare 18th- and 20th-century perspectives on anti-Semitism in “The Merchant of Venice”
  • Explore how the theme of fate in “The Aeneid” has been interpreted through the centuries
  • Read Kurt Vonnegut’s assessment of Herman Hesse’s “Steppenwolf”
  • Examine the influence of Disney films on children’s literature

New features include cross searching with Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online and Something About the Author Online.

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