The CF Library is an excellent source for literary criticism. Literary Criticism is defined as the analysis, interpretation, evaluation and classification of a literary work—a novel, short story, poem or music lyrics, play or movie screenplay.
The Library Search webpage is accessible through the MyCF portal. Log in tothe portal, click the Academics tab and then the red Search Library bar to go to the "discovery tool" which provides a listing of materials (both books and audiovisual) that are owned by the CF Libraries as well as the holdings of other Florida state and community colleges. Also available is access to nearly 100 full-text article and eBook databases (click Databases by Subject, then Literature) particularly Literature Resources from Gale, Literary Reference Center Plus, Book Review Digest Plus, LitFinder, Granger’s World Poetry, and Academic Search Complete.
To find materials at the Library, you can search the catalog by author, title, subject or keyword. All books, both circulating and reference, are located on the 2nd floor. Circulating books can be checked out for 3 weeks with a valid ID card while reference books are for in-house use only (copies may be made for 10¢ a page). DVDs and videos are located on the 2nd floor/south side and can be checked out for 7 days with a valid student ID card. Most literary criticism (circulating, reference and audio-visual) will be located in the PA-PS sections.
Circulating books are located on the north side of the Library. Most literary criticism books will be located in the P section (for literature) with the following subdivisions:
To find books about a specific author, do a subject search. You will likely get biographies and books about his works. Look for the subheading Criticism and Interpretation for information on the author’s work. You may even find a book that discusses one work in particular like Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn or Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
You may find that a lot of the books you want are checked out. Books on popular authors like Edgar Allan Poe and others disappear quickly. Remember, you are competing with several classes doing the same kind of assignment. So, start early for the best resources!!
If a book is not available, you can request it from another
The Library has the following video series:
Voices and Visions (which covers the following poets: Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, and Sylvia Plath);
The Novel (including The Jungle Books, Animal Farm, Don Quixote, The Awakening, A Farewell to Arms, Gulliver’s Travels and Bartleby the Scrivener among others); and
Contemporary Southern Writers (includes interviews with Bobbie Ann Mason and Barbara Kingsolver).
Many classic novels and short stories have been made into movies. The following titles are only a short sample. Use the subject “film adaptations” to find a more comprehensive list.
The Grapes of Wrath Hamlet
To Have and Have Not The Yearling
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Nicholas Nickleby
The Great Gatsby The Hitchhiker’s Guide books
Death of A Salesman I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The Odyssey Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Barn Burning A Rose For Emily
One of the most prolific publishers of literary criticism is Gale Cengage Learning. They publish the following reference sources owned by the Library:
Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism (CMLC):
Ref PN681 .5 .C57
Literature Criticism from 1400-1800 (LC)
Ref PN86 .L53
Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism (NCLC)
Ref PN761 .N56
Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC)
Ref PN771 .C59
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (TCLC)
Ref PN771 .G27
Poetry Criticism (PC)
Ref PN1010 .P499
Short Story Criticism (SSC)
Ref PN3373 .S386
Black Literature Criticism (BLC)
Ref PS153 .N5 B556 1992
Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB)
Ref PS221 .D5
Reference literary criticism is located on the south side of the Library near the first study room. Criticism is on the last two shelves.
Literature Resources from Gale
Literary Reference Center Plus
Book Review Digest Plus
Granger’s World Poetry
Academic Search Complete