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English Language & Literature: Getting Started

New Print Titles

Tolkien's Lost Chaucer

Call number: PR6039.O32 Z575 2019

Oscar: A Life

Call number: PR5823 .S78 2019

Faulkner and the Native South 

Call Number: PS3511 .A86 Z783211167 2019

Beasts at Bedtime: Revealing the Environmental Wisdom in Children's Literature 

Call Number: PN1009.5 .E25 H46 2018

The Action-Adventure Heroine: Rediscovering an American Literary Character, 1697-1895

Call Number:  PS374 .H47 S65 2018

Milton, Drama, and Greek Texts 

Call Number: PR3592 .L5 M55 2018

After Ireland: Writing the Nation from Beckett to Present 

Call Number: PR8753 .K52 2018

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Finding Books

Browse Library Books by Subject 

Language and Literature books, often with call numbers starting with P, are located on the top floor in the West wing.  They are arranged by country, then time period, then author.  The broad categories are as follows:

  • PA--Classical Philology (Greek and Latin)
  • PB--Modern European Languages (General), Celtic Languages and Literatures 
  • PC--Romance Languages
  • PD--Old Germanic and Scandinavian Languages
  • PE--English Language
  • PF--Dutch, Flemish, and German Languages
  • PG--Slavic, Baltic, Albanian: Languages and Literatures 
  • PH--Finno-Ugrian. Basque Language and Literature
  • PJ--Oriental, Semitic Languages and Literatures
  • PK--Indo-Iranian Languages and Literatures
  • PL--Languages and Literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, and Oceania
  • PM--Hyperborean, American, and Artificial Languages 
  • PN--Literary History. Drama. Literary Collections. (General) 
  • PQ--Romance Literatures
  • PR--English Literature
  • PS--American Literature
  • PT--German Literatures
  • PZ--Children's and Juvenile Literature 

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