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LIT 499: Utopia/Dystopia

Literary Criticism: Selected Works

Tremendously useful for pinpointing relevant scholarly monographs are the following Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).

Note: The above searches lead to books and media. Select the "Books, Media & More" radio button and then re-execute your search to include online journal articles. If you do this, however, make sure to eliminate "Reviews" (i.e., book reviews) in the left-hand "Tweak your results" column.

Selected e-books held by our library or temporarily available due to the pandemic (this list is not exhaustive):

Also search by subject to find works about an author or criticisms of a dystopian/utopian novel. See, for example, the works assigned to Atwood, Margaret, 1939- Handmaid's tale. Look especially for "criticism and interpretation," a common sub-division assigned to scholarly criticisms published in monographs (e.g., Atwood, Margaret, 1939- — Criticism and interpretation). Another useful technique would be to execute the searches below, but then add (on the second line of Advanced Search) a term from the title of the author's work (e.g., Oryx) to reduce your results set. If you find a book held by the library in print that you wish to access, contact me. I will be able to tell you whether or not the publisher has granted access to the e-book during the pandemic.

Note: Supplement our holdings with those of research libraries via interlibrary loan (ILL). Search WorldCat to find even more critical monographs.

Note: In both the New Library Search and the A&I databases, the Boolean operator "AND" links main concepts. This reduces your result set. Connect synonyms with the "OR" operator in a parenthetical expression (e.g., <Oryx OR Testaments>). The truncation symbol (*) expands word stems.