American Dream

Resources for students in The American Dream in Literature and Film seminar, particularly those looking for film and literary criticism. In addition to the online resources below, search the library catalog for relevant books.

Book and Film/Movie Reviews

Along with open sources like IMDB, Metacritic, and those listed below, databases contain back issues of newspapers and magazines with book, film/movie reviews.

Note: You may filter search results in AP Source, JSTOR, PowerSearch, and GenderWatch / Historical Newspapers by the document or source type of review(s) or movie review.

Film and Literature Resources in Databases

  • Exploramagazines and journals include Afterimage, Cineaste, Cinema Journal, European Journal of American Culture, Film Comment, Studies in French Cinema, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Velvet Light Trap, and many sources of literary criticism
  • Explorarelated eBooks (more than 120 of them) include Bloom’s Literary Themes: The American Dream (with essays on Franklin, Death of a Salesman, and A Raisin in the Sun), The Language and Style of Film Criticism, Encyclopedia of Religion and Film, American Horror Film, Movies in American History, American Film in the Digital Age, and Routledge Companion of Film History
  • Gale eBooks – includes American Decades series, two reference guides: Filmography of Social Issues (2003) and Multicultural Films (2005), and several books related to literary criticism, such as Literary Themes for Students: The American Dream (essays on several subtopics, as well as Franklin, Death of Salesman, Grapes of Wrath, and On the Road), Literature and Its Times, Drama for Students, Novels for Students, Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature, and Twenty-First Century Novels: The First Decade (includes The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay)
  • JSTOR – subject groups include Film Studies (19 journals) and Language and Literature (341 journals); you may limit to either or both in Advanced Search
  • PowerSearchmagazines and journals include Cinema Journal, Film Criticism, Film History, Film and History, Film Journal International, Literature-Film Quarterly (Oct. 2005 to Jan. 2016), Journal of Film and Video, Journal of Religion and Film, Science Fiction Film and Television (UK), and several in literary criticism
  • PowerSearch related reference books include Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema, History of American Cinema (The Emergence of Cinema to 1907 and The Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915), Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film, The Columbia Companion to American History on Film, and several in literary criticism.
  • Salem Press Reference – includes the Decades in America series useful for understanding historical and cultural context

Open Source Journals in Film and Media Studies

Web Sites for Film and Media Studies

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