Contemporary Literary Criticism Select

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select

Covering authors currently active or active during the latter part of the 20th Century,  this resource brings together critical essays, reviews and other critical responses representing a range of views on authors and their works across all genres and all areas of the world.

Contemporary Literary Criticism™ through Literature Criticism Online assembles critical responses to the works of contemporary authors of all sorts — novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, philosophers, political leaders, and writers from other disciplines — from every region of the world. Clear, accessible introductory essays followed by carefully selected critical responses allow end-users to engage with a variety of scholarly views and conversations about authors, works and literary topics. Students writing papers or class presentations, instructors preparing their syllabi, or anyone seeking a deeper understanding of contemporary literature will find this a highly useful resource.


Introductory essays are written and entries compiled by professional literature researchers and other subject matter experts.

Each entry includes a set of previously published reviews, essays and other critical responses from sources that include scholarly books and journals, literary magazines, interviews, letters and diaries, carefully selected to create a representative history and cross-section of critical responses.


Each entry features:

  • An Introduction explaining the significance of the author, work and topic and reviewing its critical reception across time. Author entries include a brief biography and a discussion and bibliography of major works; entries on individual works include a plot summary and discussion of major themes; topic entries list major authors and works associated with the topic
  • Several full-text critical essays, reviews or other critical responses, selected to provide a representative sampling of the range of critical responses over time
  • Suggested sources for further reading
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At A Glance

Essays on over 800 contemporary authors and their works, with further information for study.
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