A guide to general and critical resources in theatre and film.

Scholarly Criticism

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For sustained and deeper literary criticism, find relevant scholarly articles and scholarly books) in library databases. Remember.

  • Limit your search to scholarly (peer-reviewed) journal articles. (In JSTOR limit to Articles.)
  • To find relevant and useful articles, you will need to consider many more. Try different keywords, subject terms, and databases.
  • Synthesize ideas. In other words, you may not find many scholarly articles on your specific text. Criticism on that author's other works, on the author, or on works by other authors addressing similar themes may be relevant to your discussion.

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Different kinds of Scholarly Criticism

Scholarly Criticism differs in focus and breadth. Compare the following two articles. 

"Popular" vs Scholarly Articles

Compare the two following articles on the play Angels in America.

Popular Scholarly

Literary Criticism Journal: The Explicator

Excerpt from "The Taming of Romeo in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet": 

Throughout the balcony scene, Juliet endeavors to train and discipline Romeo and turn him into a “manned” falcon the way Petruchio, the falconer in The Taming of the Shrew, trains and disciplines Katherine, his figurative bird. As the relationship between the falcon and her trainer is based on the domination and the subjugation of the falcon’s powers to the trainer’s will, Juliet shows strong tendency for power as she continually speaks of herself as a “falconer” and of Romeo as her “bird”:

JULIET. [to Romeo after midnight] . . . I would have thee gone, And yet no farther than a wanton’s bird, That lets it hop a little from her hand, Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves, And with a silk thread plucks it back again, So loving jealous of his liberty. (2.2.176–81)

from: Wisam Mansour. "The Taming of Romeo in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.", The Explicator, 2008, 66:4, 206-208.

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