Try performing a search using your topic and the subject term "LITERATURE -- History & criticism."
Example: "Africa" [keyword]
AND [connector term]
"LITERATURE -- History & criticism" [subject term]
Specific criticism about a particular region's literature can be found near the rest of their books on the library shelves. For example, the call number for African literature is PL8009.5. Specific literary criticism about African literature is located nearby beginning with the call number PL8010.