English and American Literature

Drama (including Shakespeare resources)

General Dramatic Criticism
Shakespeare Resources

General Dramatic Criticism

Breed, Paul Francis Dramatic criticism index; a bibliography of commentaries on playwrights from Ibsen to the avant-garde (Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1972) *R-RMRR PN1707 .B7 1972

Includes almost 12,000 entries on more than 300 playwrights, primarily of the twentieth century. Organized alphabetically by playwright, beneath which are listed general resources, followed by references to individual plays.

Coleman, Arthur Drama criticism (Denver: A. Swallow, 1966-71), 2v., *R-RMRR PN1720 .Z99 C6x

Vol 1. contains a checklist of interpretations since 1940 of English and American plays. Vol. 2. contains a checklist of interpretations since 1940 of classical and continental plays.

Critical Survey of Drama / Carl E. Rollyson, ed. (Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, c2003), 2nd rev. ed., 8 v., *R-RMRR PN1625 .C68 2003

Provides in-depth treatment of major world dramatists, with full biographical, bibliographical and analytical coverage.

Eddleman, Floyd Eugene American drama criticism: interpretations, 1890-1977, 2nd ed. (Hamden, Conn.: Shoe String Press, 1979) *R-RMRR PS332 .P3 1979

References to interpretations of American plays in books, periodicals, and monographs. Arranged alphabetically by playwright, with plays alphabetical beneath the author’s name. Includes index to titles. Supplement to the 2nd edition covers work through 1987.

Otero, Rosalie C. Guide to American drama explication (New York : G.K. Hall, c1995) *R-RMRR PS332 .084 1995

Lists critical interpretations published between 1942 and 1994. Arranged alphabetically by playwright, with individual plays listed alphabetically beneath.

Ottemiller, John H. Ottemiller's index to plays in collections: an author and title index to plays appearing in collections published between 1900 and 1985, 7th ed. (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1988) *R-RMRR PN1655 .08 1988

Useful for locating plays reprinted in anthologies.

Research guide to biography and criticism: world drama / Walton Beacham, ed. (Washington, D.C. : Beacham Pub., [1987], c1986). *R-RMRR PN1721 .R47 1986

Contains listings for British and American as well as world dramatists. Each entry contains, in addition to brief biographical and bibliographic information, an overview and evaluation of selected biographical, autobiographical, and critical sources.

Shuman, R. Baird American drama, 1918-1960: an annotated bibliography (Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, 1992) *R-RMRR PS350 .S55 1992

Selective annotated bibliography of 27 midcentury American playwrights.

Shakespeare Resources

Bergeron, David Moore. Shakespeare: a study and research guide, 3rd ed. rev. (Lawrence: University of Kansas, 1995) *R-RMRR PR2894 .B44 1995

An excellent guide to book-length criticism and scholarship currently (1995) available. Includes a chapter on how to prepare a research paper on a Shakespearean topic.

Garland Shakespeare bibliographies (New York: Garland Pub., 1980- ) *R-RMRR PR2894 .C53 1993

Ongoing series surveying Shakespeare scholarship published from 1940 to the present. Each volume, covering a particular play, is fully annotated, cross-referenced, and indexed.

Champion, Larry S. Essential Shakespeare: an annotated bibliography of major modern studies, 2nd ed. (New York: G. K. Hall, 1993) *R-RMRR PR2894 .C53 1993

One of the best selective bibliographies of Shakespearean scholarship. Covers books and essays from 1900-1991. Includes reference works, editions, criticism, textual studies, and occasionally stage history.

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online [electronic resource]

International database provides more than 90,000 annotated records for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare between 1967 and late 2003.