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Literature in English

Tips for Finding Literary Criticism

In the catalog, try a subject heading search for "author's name and criticism" without the quotes.  (See for example Subject Heading morrison criticism.)  Books written on specific works will have their own subheading (Subject Heading Faulkner, William, 1897-1962. Light in August.). 

You might also check to see if a bibliography has been published on the author you're researching.  To find these, try "author's name and bibliography" as a keyword search (james joyce bibliography).

The MLA Bibliography and ABELL also include listings for book-length critical works. Use the get it @ duke button to search our catalog for these titles.

Find Books, Films, & More: Duke Catalog, SearchTRLN and Worldcat

The library catalog (click on Books & Media tab)is the Libraries' inventory of what we own or have access to at Duke. Locate books, playscripts, films, recordings, journals, and more. Start with a keyword search, and narrow results using the column on the left.

Sample search: "cabaret" search in subject heading

Search TRLN is a combined library catalog for research libraries in the Triangle. Use it to find and request books from UNC-Chapel Hill, NCCU, or NC State.  Delivery to campus in 2-3 business days.

Can't wait?  You can use your Duke Card to check books out and access online resources at TRLN partner libraries if you make the trip yourself!

WorldCat is a combined library catalog for most libraries in the US, please several in the UK and elsewhere. Use "get it @ Duke" to request what Duke doesn't own via Document Delivery/nterlibrary Loan.  Allow at least 2 weeks.

Carpenter Reading Room

Located on the Bostock Library third floor, the Carpenter Reading Room houses a non-circulating reading collection of major works of American, English, and world literature in translation, along with theoretical, critical and reference texts of use to literary scholars. 


Carpenter Reading Room


To suggest additions to the Carpenter Reading Room collection, please contact the literature librarian.