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Gale Literature Resource Center

IPL2 Literary Criticism From the Internet Public Library

The Melissa High School Library Media Center

The Purdue Online Writing Lab

EasyBib Online Citation Maker

Glossary of Literary Terms

Common errors in Literary Criticism and how to fix them from mrscassel.com


Background Info


If you take the time to read this stuff you will understand the story better and the criticism articles will make more sense. Trust me.



Use it to clarify what you’ve read.


Likewise, use it to clarify what you’ve read. Has a good section on symbols, themes, and motifs.

Brief Bio of Tennessee Williams from PBS

Historical Background for the Play You’ve got to check this out! There’s a map of the French Quarter and historical photos of locations mentioned in the play.

About Tennessee Williams from the NY Times. Hear him read some of his poems and stories. Read reviews of his work.

Tennessee Williams died at the Hotel Elysee! How ironic.

Tennessee Williams: Wounded Genius from the Biography Channel is available on YouTube. This link shows you part 1 of 5.

Tennessee was from Mississippi but he grew up in in Missouri and famously lived in Louisiana. A great bio site from the University of Mississippi. Lots of interesting links and pictures.

Google Maps locations from Streetcar

Production Notes from the original Broadway play

A Timeline of Tennessee Williams’ Broadway plays

What Makes Southern Lit Southern? From The Southern Literary Review


Video and Audio

Many of these are from YouTube so you’ll have to watch them at home. I can’t guarantee that the comments people leave on these videos are appropriate. I suggest you ignore them.


The “Stella” scene

“You must be Stanley”

Blanche thinks about her first husband, hears the Varsouviana Polka

This is what the polka sounds like

Ella Fitzgerald sings Paper Moon


Odds and Ends

The Simpsons do Streetcar as a musical. The script is here.

Streetcar References in Popular Culture and Film

About the 1951 movie with Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh




Selected Criticism

Selected articles, from the Gale Literature Resource Center and Ebsco.

The Tragic Downfall of Blanche duBois

Blanche’s Destruction: Feminine Analysis on A Streetcar Named Desire

An Overview of A Streetcar Named Desire Not really an overview, this article looks at passion, desire, and violence in the play.

The Structure of A Streetcar Named Desire examines the symbolic nature of Blanche duBois's entrance dialogue

Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire Examines the symbolism of telephones and phone calls in the play.

A Streetcar Named Desire and Tennessee Williams' Object-Relational Conflicts. examines the Blanche/Stanley victim/victimizer paradigm as the dramatization of a core conflict within Williams. Simply, how Williams’ psychological conflicts shaped the play.

The Cards Indicate a Voyage on A Streetcar Named Desire Lots about the symbolism of the card game and other aspects of the play.

A Streetcar Named Misogyny Is the play anti-women? Are the women in the story portrayed unfairly?

The Space of Madness and Desire: Tennessee Williams and Streetcar Examines the portrayal of madness in A Streetcar Named Desire through analysis of allegory, spatial metaphor, and tension between realism and expressionistic presentation in the play.]

Images: Thomas Hart Benton, Poker Night (from “A Streetcar Named Desire”), 1948. Tempera and oil on panel, 36 × 48 in. (91.4 × 121.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Other images and photographs are from the Library of Congress Print and Photographs Division.