A reference guide for English studies /
Michael J. Marcuse.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1990.
lxxii, 790 p.
0520051610 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1990.
0520051610 (alk. paper)
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Includes indexes.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1990-10-01:
This ambitious undertaking is designed to acquaint students, teachers, and researchers with reference sources in any branch of English studies, which Marcuse defines as ``all those subjects and lines of critical and scholarly inquiry presently pursued by members of university departments of English language and literature.'' Within each of 24 major sections, Marcuse lists and annotates bibliographies, guides, reviews of research, encyclopedias, dictionaries, journals, and reference histories. The annotations and various indexes are models of clarity and usefulness, and cross references are liberally supplied where appropriate. Although cost-conscious librarians will probably consider the several other excellent literary bibliographies in print, such as James L. Harner's Literary Research Guide (Modern Language Assn. of America, 1989), larger academic libraries will want Marcuse's volume.-- Jack Bales, Mary Washington Coll. Lib., Fredericksburg, Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1991-02:
This is the second substantial research guide to English studies to appear in 1990. Comparable to James L. Harner's Literary Research Guide (CH, Nov'90), Marcuse's work is equally valuable. It resembles Sheehy's Guide to Reference Books, although Marcuse provides fuller annotations of standard reference tools such as abstracting and indexing services, national bibliographies, and biographical sources. The strength of Marcuse is in the classified sections dealing with all periods and genres of English and American literary history, providing basic bibliographical information on seminal tools, along with an evaluative description that can include cross-references to related works. The "Archives and Manuscripts" section demonstrates the arrangement of this guide by providing detailed annotations on basic guides to the field, a list of major journals, catalogs of famous repositories such as the British Museum, and references to the study of paleography. The section "Literary Materials and Contexts" encompasses folklore, mythology, the Bible, proverbs, quotations, symbols, and recommended works in cultural history, costume, taste, and intellectual history. The useful section "The Profession of English" outlines key historical works, works on the methods of literary scholarship, directories of scholars, a list of journals publishing research notes and queries, guides to scholarly writing and publishing, and other essential materials that focus on the practical aspects of teaching and research. Journal articles are cited as key sources if there are not sufficient books on a subject. Marcuse's preface anticipates his critics by stressing the selectivity of his guide. Although the scope of Marcuse is extremely ambitious, there are inexplicable lacunae that reduce its reliability. Only two journals are mentioned for James Joyce, and one of these that is listed with an open entry, Wake Newslitter, is defunct, having been replaced by the unmentioned Finnegans Wake Circular. Marcuse fails to cite five other Joyce journals. The recommended list of theater journals misses crucial new titles. His sections of "Recommended General Works" that attempt to list core books for further reading do list important titles, but omissions lead one to question the ability of this guide to also serve as a reader's advisor: for instance, the theater section includes no work by or about Stanislavsky or Artaud. The canonical authors receive adequate coverage, but some minor authors like Henry Miller are given incomplete coverage, and others like Jack Kerouac receive no mention. The indexes occupy one-fourth of the guide, providing access by "Authors, Compilers, Contributors, and Editors," by "Titles," and by "Subjects and Authors-As-Subjects." Some creative subject headings bring tools together under such headings as "Year's Work Review Essays." Recommended for all libraries requiring comprehensive information on English literary studies. -R. R. Centing, The Ohio State University
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Library Journal, October 1990
Choice, February 1991
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