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English Language and Literature: American Literature

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 6th ed.
Drexel Library Book Shelves (2nd floor) PS21 .H3 1995

This volume collects the most important titles, names, genres and conventions in American literary history. Entries are brief, but offer a good place to start.

American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies, 3 vols.
Drexel Library Book Shelves (2nd floor) PS29 .A55

This reference work has lengthy entries on the lives and works of major American literary figures, focusing on biography and criticism of their major works. Volumes are divided by time period.

The Cambridge History of American Literature, 8 vols.
Drexel Library Book Shelves (2nd floor) PS92 .C34 1993

A series of in-depth critical essays covering American literature from 1590 to 1995, this collection both discusses the traditional Canon, and takes a more rigorous consideration of diversity, in terms of race, culture, sex, and background, that currently penetrate the field.

Columbia Literary History of the United States
Drexel Library Book Shelves (2nd floor) PS92.C64 1988

This work is a collection of essays on American literature and its place in the formation of a national identity, covering the history of the nation, from the earliest days of exploration and colonialism to avant-garde literature.

A Sample of In-depth Works from our Collection

The Cambridge History of American Literature 8 vols.
Drexel Library Book Shelves (2nd floor) PS92 .C34 1993
The volumes in this set cover American literature from 1590 to 1995, and include discussions of poetry, prose and criticism. The work is made up of essays, and they attempt to situate discussions of American literature, both the traditional Canon, and with the more rigorous consideration for discussions of diversity, in terms of race, culture, sex, and background, that currently penetrate the field.

Columbia Literary History of the United States

Drexel Library Book Shelves (2nd floor) PS92.C64 1988 
This work is a collection of essays centered on American literature as it was developed alongside the gradual formation of a national identity. The work covers the history of the nation, from the earliest days of exploration and colonialism to Avant-garde literature. While not comprehensive in scope, the work touches on many important literary figures, and has a section devoted to minority and regional literature.

From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature
Drexel Library Book Shelves (2nd floor) PS88.R795 1991
This book takes the reader through a history of American literature and discusses many major writers who fit snuggly into certain genres, and others who pushed forward into new ground. Discussion centers on how American culture and history, from Puritanical ideals to technological revolutions, shaped writers and their works.

Ideology and Classic American Literature
Drexel Library Book Shelves (2nd floor) PS29 .A55
Covering discussions of mostly 19th and 20th century American writing, this volume offers a rich discussion of ideological frameworks, such as politics, culture, class, and economics, as both reflected, built and challenged within American literature.