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Gale's Literary Criticism and Biography Databases

Gale reference series have migrated to the Web. The two products below are extremely useful for literary studies.

  • Literature Resource Center
    Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. The Literature Resource Center covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.
  • Literary Criticism and Biography
    Literary Criticism and Biography Databases is a portal. There is a drop-down bar that allows you to select which of the following databases you wish to search (you can also search all). The database includes:
    •Contemporary Literary Criticism
    •Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
    •Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
    •Shakespearean Criticism
    •Literature Criticism from 1400-1800
    •Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism

Class Assignment

For this assignment, you've been asked to compare a work from ancient Greek tragedy or a Shakespearean tragedy with a "modern" revisionary text. These primary texts are Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Antigone; Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The revisionary texts are  Ruth Eisenburg’s Jocasta ; Wole Soyinka’s Hamlet; and Jean Anouilh’s Antigone.

A good way to begin this asssignment is to take a look at literacy criticism to see what has been written about the primary plays as well as background and context of the Greek theater as well as Elizabethan and Shakespearean theater. This guide serves as a jumping off point to some of the resources the Library has to offer.

Online Databases and E-Journals

Walsh Library subscribes to literary databases that will be useful for your research. Almost all of them provide access to full-text journals such as Modern Language Journal, Shakespeare Quarterly, and the Theatre Review. To find out which full-text journals are available see our E-Journals List. Or you may want to search our databases directly. Suggested databases are:

  • Jstor: the Scholarly Journal Archive
    JSTOR includes over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and are ongoing.
  • MLA International Biography
    Literature, language, linguistics, folklore. Provides over one million citations for items from journals and series published worldwide. Indexes books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Dates covered: 1963 to present.
  • Project Muse
    Provides access to the full text of over 100 scholarly journals in the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, and many others. Coverage for selected Project MUSE titles begins with volumes as early as 1993.

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