Want to know what book reviewers say?
Looking for interviews and discussions of current fiction?
Look for news, reviews, interviews and conversations on literature!
Deepen your understanding with criticism written for a student audience or the general public.
Topic & Work Overviews: Look especially for Topic Overviews from the series Poetry/Drama/Short Stories (etc.) for Students. Lengthy articles provide an overview of key themes and stylistic elements, as well as an overview of critical approaches to a text.
Reviews & News: Avoid reviews that are brief and focus primarily on saying whether a book is good or not. Other reviews may be substantive and discuss ideas in some depth. Note: You will also find reviews in ProQuest, Academic Search Complete, and JSTOR, as well as in multimedia sources.
Interviews: Hear the author discuss their own work and ideas.
Author Biographies: Critical biographies do more than state dates. They explain an author's significance and help you draw connections to the historical, political, and cultural contexts in which they wrote.
See the images and text below on how to find topic and work overviews in Gale Literature.
Sample Search: This search is for ideas on The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Step 1: Type in title at Name of Work and search.
Step 2: Choose Topic and Work Overviews to get started.
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Use the Gale Literary Criticism books listed below and Gale Literature Literary Criticism online to get an overview of criticism on a text or author.
The series features excerpts of key criticism, author interviews, and more.