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Literature: Critical Overviews - World Literature

Resources for Literature-Based English Courses

Critical Overviews for Short Stories, Novels, Poems, Plays, and Essays

Still trying to figure out what that story or poem was all about?

Here you will find links to critical overviews for short stories, excerpts from novels, poems, plays, and essays published in Making Literature MatterThe Norton Introduction to LiteratureThe Norton Reader, and other textbooks used in English Composition classes at NWACC.

Each article discusses a work's themes, style, and historical context, and features critical analysis from literary scholars and other writers.

You can find more overviews of these and other works in:

Critical Overviews

Aristophanes, Lysistrata

Augustine, Confessions


Cervantes, ​Don Quixote de la Mancha

Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales

Confucius, Book of Songs

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Homer, The Odyssey

Murasaki, The Tale of Genji

Petrarch, Rhymes

The Qur'an

The Ramayana of Valmiki

Shakespeare, Hamlet

Sophocles, Antigone

The Thousand and One Nights

Virgil, The Aeneid

Wang Wei

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