Bibliography of selected current print resources available at ARCC Coon Rapids Library





The Cambridge Companion to English Literature from 1740 to 1830          

PR 441 .C36 2004


The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature (1500-1700)   

PR 421 .C26 2002


The Cambridge History of English Literature, 1660-1780                            

PR 442 .C36 2005


The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Fiction, 1950-2000            

PR 881 .H43 2002


Contemporary Authors                                                                                  

Ref.  Z 1224 .C6


Contemporary Literary Criticism                                                                   

Ref.  PN 771 .C59


Critical Survey of Long Fiction                                                               

Ref.  PN 3451 .C75 2000


Critical Survey of Poetry                                                                          

Ref.  PN 1021 .C7 2003


Critical Survey of Short Fiction                                                               

Ref.  PN 3321 .C7 2001


Cyclopedia of Literary Characters                                                                 

Ref.  PN 44 .M3 1998


Encyclopedia of British Writers                                                                  

Ref. PR 451 .E55 2003


Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century                                 

Ref. PN 771 .E5 1999


Literature Criticism from 1400-1800                                                             

Ref.  PN 86 .L53 1984


Masterplots II. Poetry Stories                                                               

Ref.  PN 1110.5 .M37 2002


Masterplots II. Short Story Series                                                           

Ref.  PN 3326 .M27 2004


19th Century Literature Criticism                                                                  

Ref.  PN 761 .N56


20th Century Literary Criticism                                                                      

Ref.  PN 771 .G27


Oxford Companion to American Literature                                                  

Ref.  PS 21 .H3 1995


Oxford Companion to English Literature                                                      

Ref.  PR19 .O94 2006 





African American Literary Criticism, 1773-2000                                 

Ref.  PS 153 .N5 A33 1999


American Women Writers: a Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present

Ref.  PS 147 .A4 1979


Asian American Literature: Reviews and Criticism of Works by American Writers of Asian Descent                   

Ref.  PS 153 .A84 A82 1999


British Women Mystery Writers: Authors of Detective Fiction with Female Sleuths                                                 

PR 888.D4 H33 2002


The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction                                              

R 830.T3 C36 2002


The Cambridge Companion to 19th-Century American Women’s Writing   

PS 147 .C36 2001


Censored Books: Critical Viewpoints                                                           

PS 65.C46 C46 1993


Censored Books II: Critical Viewpoints, 1985-2000                                                

PS 65.C46 C45 2002


Gothic Reflections: Narrative Force in 19th-Century Fiction                        

PR 868.T3 G37 2003


The Gothic Text                                                                                             

PN 3435 .B78 2005


Latin Literature                                                                                              

PA 6003 .B73 2002


The Literature of Satire                                                                               

PN 6149 .S2 K48 2004


Modern British Women Writers: an A-to-Z Guide                                 

Ref.  PR 116 .M63 2002


Modern Women Writers                                                                    

Ref.  PS 374 .W6 M62 1994


Native American Literature                                                               

Ref.  PS 153 .I52 W47 1999


Native American Literatures: an Introduction                                               

PS 153 .I52 L86 2004


The Nature of Native American Poetry                                                        

PS 153 .I52 W55 2001


The Oxford Companion to African American Literature                       

Ref. PS 153 .N5 O96 1997


The Oxford Companion to German Literature                                                

Ref. PT 41 .G3 1997


Paths to Contemporary French Literature                                                          

PQ 305 .T39 2004


Reading the Middle Ages: an Introduction to Medieval Literature                    

PN 671 .S74 2003


Reinventing the South: Versions of a Literary Region                                        

PS 261 .W56 2006  



AUTHOR-SPECIFIC WORKS (in alphabetical order by author’s last name)


Isabel Allende: a Critical Companion                                                

PQ 8098.1 .L54 Z66 2003


Maya Angelou: a Critical Companion                                               

PS 3551 .N464 L86 1998


Jane Austen                                                                                        

PR 4037 .J66 2004


Romancing Jane Austen: Narrative, Realism, and the Possibility of a Happy Ending

PR 4037 .T385 2005


Elizabeth Barrett Browning                                                               

PR 4194 .A94 2003


Student Companion to Willa Cather                                                 

PS 3505 .A87 Z624 2006


The Yale Companion to Chaucer                                                       

PR 1905 .Y35 2006


Beyond and Alone!: the Theme of Isolation in Selected Short Fiction of Kate Chopin, Katherine Anne Porter, and Eudora Welty   

PS 374 .I8 A75 2006


Student Companion to James Fenimore Cooper                              

PS 1438 .W48 2006


Student Companion to Stephen Crane                                              

PS 1449 .C85 Z87 2006


Agatha Christie: a Reader’s Companion                                           

PR 6005 .H66 Z96 2004


Critical Companion to Charles Dickens                                             

PR 4588 .D37 2006


The Cambridge Companion to John Dryden                                     

PR 3424 .C36 2004


A Historical Guide to Ralph Ellison                                                 

PS 3555 .L625 Z73 2004


"High-Topped Shoes" and Other Signifiers of Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity in Selected Fiction by William Faulkner and Toni Morrison

PS 3511 .A86 Z856 2006


Reading Faulkner: Introductions to the First Thirteen Novels          

PS 3511 .A86 Z94693 2006


Student Companion to William Faulkner                                          

PS 3511 .A86 Z577 2007


Kaye Gibbons: a Critical Companion                                                

PS 3557 .I13917 Z68 2003


Revisiting John Grisham: a Critical Companion                                

PS 3557 .R5355 Z85 2007


Hardy and His Readers                                                                     

PR 4757 .F5 W75 2003


Student Companion to Thomas Hardy                                              

PR 4754 .M58 2007


Soldiers Once and Still: Ernest Hemingway, James Salter & Tim O’Brien

PS 374.W35 V47 2004


Maxine Hong Kingston: a Critical Companion                                   

PS 3561 .I52 Z695 2001


Ursula K. Le Guin: a Critical Companion                                           

PS 3562 .E42 Z54 2006


The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Mann                                   

T 2625 .A44 Z54385 2002


Maternal Body and Voice in Toni Morrison, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Lee Smith

PS 374 .M547 E29 2002


Cormac McCarthy: New Directions                                                 

PS 3563 .C337 Z63 2002


Colleen McCullough: a Critical Companion                                      

PR 9619.3 .M32 Z63 1996


Student Companion to Herman Melville                                           

S 2387 .T36 2007


James A. Michener: a Critical Companion                                         

PS 3525 .I19 Z88 1996


Toni Morrison: a Critical Companion                                                

PS 3563 .O8749 Z75 1998


Walter Mosley: a Critical Companion                                                

PS 3563 .O88456 Z88 2003


Student Companion to Eugene O’Neill                                             

PS 3529 .N5 Z5678 2007


Sylvia Plath: an Introduction to the Poetry                                       

PS 3566 .L27 Z5815 2005


The Ambivalent Art of Katherine Anne Porter                                 

PS 3531 .O752 Z826 2005


Readings on J.K. Rowling                                                                 

PR 6068 .O93 Z845 2004


A Companion to Shakespeare                                                            

PR 2910 .C66 1999


The Critical Response to Gertrude Stein                                           

PS 3537 .T323 Z5855 2000


Understanding Graham Swift                                                           

R 6069 .W47 Z75 2003


Amy Tan: a Critical Companion                                                        

PS 3570 .A48 Z69 1998


A Historical Guide to Henry David Thoreau                                    

PS 3054 .H57 2000


J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-Earth   

PR 6039 .O32 Z555 2002


The Novels of Kurt Vonnegut: Imagining Being an American         

PS 3572 .O5 Z786 2003


Gore Vidal: a Critical Companion                                                     

PS 3543 .I26 Z53 1997


Alice Walker: a Critical Companion                                                  

PS 3573 .A425 Z57 2005b


Student Companion to Edith Wharton                                                

PS 3545 .H16 Z76 2003


August Wilson: a Literary Companion                                              

PS 3573 .I45677 Z89 2004


Lean Down Your Ear Upon the Earth, and Listen: Thomas Wolfe’s Greener Modernism

PS 3545 .O337 Z675 2003


Wordsworth and the Critics: the Development of a Critical Reputation

PR 5887.3 .M34 2001





Understanding Beowulf                                                                    

PR 1585 .S77 2004


Understanding The Canterbury Tales                                                

PR 1874 .S95 2003


Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays                                               

PR 6068 .O93 Z84 2003


Lord of the Flies, by Andy Koopmans                                              

PR 6013.O35 L6345 2003


Considering Maus: Approaches to Art Spiegelman’s "Survivor’s Tale" of the Holocaust

D 810.J4 C665 2003


Understanding To Kill a Mockingbird

PS 3562 .E353 T6333 2004





101 Best Scenes Ever Written: a Romp Through Literature for Writers and Readers

PN 701 .C66 2006


Anatomy of Wonder: a Critical Guide to Science Fiction

PN 3433.8 .B37 2004


Classes on Modern Poets and the Art of Poetry                               

PS 323 .D53 2004


The Contemporary African American Novel: Its Folk Roots and Modern Literary Branches

PS 374 .N4 B45 2004


The Crisis of Action in 19th-Century English Literature                    

PR 451 .M35 2006


An Introduction to Contemporary American Fiction                                    

PS 379 .B54 2003


The Postmodern Short Story: Forms and Issues                               

PN 3373 .P697 2003





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Please note: This resource guide includes many, but not all, of the resources Anoka Ramsey has available on the topic of literary criticism.  If you do not find what you need on this list, go to the reference or circulating collection shelves and browse call numbers PN–PS to find additional resources on this topic.  Browsing is also available virtually using MnPALS. Please remember that if you are having difficulty finding what you need on this or any topic, ask a librarian for assistance. 


4/05 SJC; Revised 2/19/08 GPW