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Resource Guide:
English Literature

Sample Call Numbers

Topic Call Number
Engligh LanguagePE
Literature, Literary History and CollectionsPN
English LiteraturePR
Literary History and CriticismPR 1-56
CriticismPR 57-78
Women authorsPR 111-116
Relations to other literatures and countriesPR 125-138.5
By periodPR 161-488
PoetryPR 500-614
DramaPR 621-744
ProsePR 750-890
Prose fiction. The novelPR 821-890
OratoryPR 901-907.2
DiariesPR 908
LettersPR 911-918
EssaysPR 921-928
American LiteraturePS
Collections of American LiteraturePS 501-689
Individual authorsPS 700-689
Children's LiteraturePZ

Sample Subject Headings

Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.

  • African American Authors
  • American Fiction
  • American Literature
  • American Poetry
  • American Wit and Humor
  • English Literature
  • English Literature 19th Century
  • English Literature Bibliography
  • English Literature Old English
  • English Literature Early Modern
  • Poetry
  • Poetry History and Criticism
  • Indians of North America in Literature
  • Literary Movements
  • Authorship

Sample Materials at Von Canon Library

Title Call Number
Last looks, last books : Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, MerrillPS 310 .D42 V46
Six poets from the mountain southPS 261 .L36 2010
Winds of will : Emily Dickinson and the sovereignty of democraticPS 1514 .Z5 C755
Actions and objects from Hobbes to RichardsonPR 448 .P5 K73
Narratives and narrators : a philosophy of storiesP 302.7 .C87
Unoriginal genius : poetry by other means in the new centuryPN 1271 .P47
The reconstruction of Mark TwainPS 1342 .S58 F853
The nets of modernism : Henry James, Virginia Woolf, James JoycePR 888 .M63 E45
The Routledge companion to children's literaturePN 1009 .A1 R68
Chasing the white whale: the Moby-Dick marathon ; or, what Melville means todayPS 2384 .M62 D69
The Cambridge history of American literaturePS 92 .C34
A glossary of literary terms PN 41 .A2

Research Databases

Relevant Journals and Magazines

  • American Literature
  • American Litarary History
  • American Poetry Review
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • English Literary History
  • Journal of Modern Literature
  • Modern Fiction Studies
  • New Literary History
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • Review of English Studies
  • Shakespeare Quarterly
  • Studies in American Fiction
  • Yale Journal of Criticism

These are just examples. To find more, or to look for a specific journal or periodical, search our Journals.

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