Critical Surveys of Literature
Poetry | American Literature
World Literature | Short Fiction | Long Fiction
Graphic Novels | Mythology

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Critical Surveys of
American & World Literature
American Literature

An indispensable guide to over 400 authors, with in-depth analyses of their significant works of fiction, drama, nonfiction, young adult literature, and poetry. Critical Survey of American Literature offers 412 detailed profiles of major American authors of fiction, drama, and poetry, each with sections on biography, general analysis, and analysis of the author's most important works. Arranged in an easy-to-use A-Z format, each entry in Critical Survey of American Literature begins with important ready-reference material including Name, Birth & Death Dates, and a statement explaining the writer's literary importance. 

Pub Date: December 2016
ISBN: 978-1-68217-128-8
Price: $499
World Literature

Critical Survey of World Literature profiles major authors of fiction, drama, poetry, and essays, each with sections on biography, general analysis, and analysis of the author’s most important works—novels, short stories, poems, and works of nonfiction. The completely updated edition covers 400 writers at the heart of literary studies. This edition includes new coverage of contemporary authors from around the globe. Among the new authors profiled in this set are such well-known authors as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Reinaldo Arenas, Alberto Fuguet, Yann Martel, Orhan Pamuk, and Jorge Volpi.

Pub Date: January 2018
ISBN: 978-1-68217-615-3
Price: $499
Critical Survey of Poetry
Critical Survey of Poetry: Contemporary Poets is a CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resource for September 2020

"Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers, including, in particular, high school students."
- CHOICE
ISBN: 978-1-58765-582-1
Fourteen Volumes
Price: $1295

*Each title is also available for individual purchase
This fourteen-volume set covers 845 poets from a total of 40 countries dating from antiquity to the end of the 20th century.

The material in the Critical Survey of Poetry has been organized into five subsets by geography and essay type: a 4-volume subset on American Poets; a 3-volume subset on British, Irish, and Commonwealth Poets; a 3-volume subset on European Poets; a 1-volume subset on World Poets; and a 2-volume subset of the Topical Essays. A Cumulative Indexes volume covering all five subsets is free with purchase of more than one subset.

The result is flexibility for libraries, allowing them to select the material most needed for their poetry reference collections and build the larger set over time. Subset details are listed below.

The poet subsets are arranged alphabetically, and each poet appears in only one subset. Essays begin with full data on dates and places of birth and death, and a list of the poet's Principal Poetry. Next is a brief overview of Other Literary Forms and two longer sections, Achievements and Biography. The longest section, Analysis, discusses the poet's work and examines several of the poems. The final section includes a bibliography containing up-to-date resources for further study.
Critical Survey of Poetry:
Contemporary Poets
To bring coverage into the twenty-first century, a new two-volume set on Contemporary Poets has been added to the Critical Survey of Poetry. Containing 200 all-new entries in two volumes, the articles detail the lives and works of poets who have been active in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries who did not appear in the original 14-volume set.

November 2019 | 978-1-64265-279-6 | $295
Critical Surveys of
Drama & Young Adult Fiction
Drama

The third edition of The Critical Survey of Drama contains 638 new and updated essays—over 550 discuss individual dramatists and 60 cover important overview topics that are critical to the study of drama as a whole. The 64 overview essays are arranged under broad subject headings in volumes 1 and 2. They cover dramatic traditions in the United States, the British Isles, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and other parts of the world, as well as various genres and techniques. Among the overview essays included in this edition are articles on Native American Drama, American Regional Theater, Asian Drama, Southeast Asian Drama, Melodrama, Deaf Theater, Feminist Theater, and many more.

Pub Date: December 2017
ISBN: 978-1-68217-622-1
Price: $599
Young Adult Literature

Critical Survey of Young Adult Literature aims to discuss the most representative young adult works that form today's canon for academic coursework and library collection development, with over 300 essays of clear, concise, and accessible analysis. This collection includes classic young adult titles like The Outsiders, popular series like Divergent, plus a variety of significant themes, film adaptations, and other sections important to the popular young adult category. This single-volume comprises biographies, plot summaries, film adaptations, themes, and genres of young adult literature with dozens of images of authors or book jackets of influential works. 


Pub Date: April 2016
ISBN: 978-1-61925-971-3
Price: $185
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Critical Surveys of
Short Fiction & Long Fiction
Short Fiction

The Fourth Edition of Critical Survey of Short Fiction includes all writers from the previous edition and adds 145 new ones, covering 625 writers in total. Altogether, the writers covered in this set represent 44 countries and the history of short fiction from antiquity to the 21st century. The set also offers 53 informative overviews; 24 of these essays were added for this edition, including all the literary movement essays. In addition, seven resources are provided, two of them new. Author portraits are included as available. The material in the Critical Survey of Short Fiction has been organized into six subsets by geography and type.

ISBN: 978-1-58765-789-4
Ten Volumes
Price: $1095
Long Fiction

This edition includes all 581 original author essays as well as 97 additional ones, expanding the set to ten volumes and covering more than 60 countries and the literary fiction from the 10th century to the 21st. All the original essays were evaluated for their currency, and 130 of them were replaced or substantially revised, in some cases by the original contributors. The sections "Other Literary Forms," "Achievements," "Biography," and "Analysis" were updated to include recent developments: new titles or awards, changes in residence or employment, and alterations in critical and popular reception. 

ISBN: 978-1-58765-535-7
Ten Volumes
Price: $995
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels
Independents
& Underground Classics

This three-volume set covers over 215 well-regarded works of the independent and underground genre, summarizing plots and analyzing the works in terms of their literary integrity and overall contribution to the graphic novel landscape. It contains works that are self-published or are from independent houses. The entries in this encyclopedic set also cover a wide range of periods and trends in the medium.

Pub Date: May 2019
ISBN: 978-1-68217-913-0
Price: $395
History, Theme
& Technique

History, Theme & Technique collects more than 80 essays on the evolution of the graphic novel, from its conceptual beginnings to its gradual acceptance. This volume covers the unique process of creating a product both in art and in word; historical overviews track the complex development of this important art form, while the survey of key themes, genres, and events helps provide an important foundation for future research.

Pub Date: March 2019
ISBN: 978-1-68217-911-6
Price: $195
Manga

Manga, which represents a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels, collects more than sixty-five of the most popular and studied manga graphic novels, ranging from metaseries to stand-alone books. A continued influx of translated Japanese manga into the American market has sparked a greater interest in foreign-language traditions and long-form comics.
This volume provides detailed insight into and analyses of the major works that have helped define the manga medium, focusing on translated works that have been particularly influential in the development of the manga tradition.


Pub Date: October 2018
ISBN: 978-1-68217-912-3
Price: $195
Heroes & Superheroes

This two-volume set covers more than 150 well-regarded works of the hero or superhero genre, summarizing plots and analyzing the works in terms of their literary integrity and overall contribution to the graphic novel landscape. It contains works from prominent publishers, as well as leading hero or superhero titles from alternative and independent publishing houses. The entries in this encyclopedic set cover a wide range of periods and trends in the heroes and superheroes genre: from the social relevance of Green Lantern/Green Arrow during the Bronze Age of Comic Books to the grim satire of Watchmen in the Modern Age.

Pub Date: March 2019
ISBN: 978-1-68217-911-6
Price: $195
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Critical Survey of
Mythology & Folklore
Heroes & Heroines

Drawing upon the most widely-read literature, as well as introducing to readers overlooked yet significant tales, the theme of the hero and heroine is one of the most universal stories told across cultures. This volume covers a diverse range of countries and cultures, as well as important retellings in the modern tradition. Articles begin with a contextual overview of the important cultural and social currents surrounding the myth and the life of the author. A summary offers readers the major actions and characters in a myth followed by an in-depth analysis drawing upon scholarship.

Pub Date: September 2013
ISBN: 978-1-61925-181-6
Price: $175
Gods & Goddesses

Critical Survey of Mythology and Folklore: Gods & Goddesses examines the major and minor deities from a broad range of regions and cultures throughout the world. This set is distinguished by contemporary perspectives on the cultural contexts from which mythology and folklore originate. Each of the ten sections in the set examines the culture or civilization in which these gods and goddesses were important by reviewing the religious practices, literature, mythology, and culture prevalent in each region. The gods and goddesses are discussed in detail to paint a picture of the powers and significance they held.

Pub Date: September 2019
ISBN: 978-1-64265-115-7
Price: $295
World Mythology

The Critical Survey of Mythology and Folklore: World Mythology presents articles on myths, folktales, legends, and other traditional literature. Drawing upon the most widely-read literature, this volume covers a diverse range of authors, countries, and cultures. Articles begin with a summary that offers readers the major actions and characters in the tale followed by an analysis of the important cultural and social interpretations of the author and myth. Myths in the volume are organized by regions of the world and cultures, such as Oceania, South East Asia, and Meso-America.

Pub Date: December 2013
ISBN: 978-1-61925-182-3
Price: $175
Love, Sexuality, and Desire

Fairy tales, myths, legends and folktales written from 5000 B.C.E. to the modern era are covered. Those analyzed include Cupid & Psyche, Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, Aphrodite and Adonis, Pyramus and Thisbe, Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Snake Maiden. What's more, the countries and cultures from which these myths come are worldwide. Included are Greek, Mesopotamian, Iraqi, African, Roman, North American, Indian, Afghani, Japanese, European, South American, Serbian, Irish, Chinese, and Egyptian myths and folktales.


Pub Date: January 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4298-3765-1
Price: $295
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