Covers historical eras and literary periods, genres and movements. Each chapter, covering various aspects of the subject or topic, is written by an authority in the field. Examples: History of the Gothic, Science Fiction, Modernism, Post-modernism, LGBT literature, Graphic Novel.
These reference books (biography, encyclopedias, companions, handbooks) will provide brief or extended essays on people, historical events/ periods, literary concepts/theories, and cultural/political ideas/ideologies.
The entries for the biographical sources below are all commissioned and written by authorities on the subject.
SPECIALIZED ENCYCLOPEDIAS, DICTIONARIES AND HANDBOOKS
Core Database - Theses
Core Databases - Literature Criticism
Core - Shakespeare
Core- Medieval and Renaissance
Core- Performing Arts
Locating Book Reviews
Reviews 18th and 19th Centuries.
Forster, Antonia. Index to book reviews in England, 1749-1774. Southern Illinois University Press, 1990. Z1035 A1 F67 1990 Reference Collection (paper copy)
Forster, Antonia. Index to book reviews in England, 1775-1800. British Library, 1997. Z1035 A1 F672 1997 Reference Collection (paper copy)
Combined retrospective index to book reviews in humanities journals, 1802-1974. Research Publications, 1982. 10 volumes Z1035 A1 C63 1982 Reference Collection (paper copy)
Combined retrospective index to book reviews in scholarly journals, 1886-1974. Carrollton Press, 1979. 15 volumes Z1035 A1 C64 1979 Reference Collection (paper copy)
Reviews 20th Century
An Index to book reviews in the humanities, 1960-1990. 31 volumes Z1035 A1 I63 Reference Collection (paper copy)