The explications cited in these volumes are interpretations of the significance and the meaning of the novels, and can range from discussions of theme, imagery, or symbolism to diction or structure. All critical stances, including post-structuralist, deconstructionist, and semiotic, are included.
Quick access to the material is provided via integrated author/title indexes. Organization is alphabetical by novelist, with authors followed by an alphabetical list of their works and dates of publication. Explications are cited by last name of author, and include title and page references, while a complete list of books and periodicals indexed follows the text.