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The 1920s Challenge

How well do you know the 1920s and the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald? Do you know the plot & Characters in the novel? Do you know what happened in the 1920s? This game will find out just how much you know!

 

Women Authors

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American Women Writers - St. James Press Staff
Call Number: Always Available
ISBN: 9781558624290
Publication Date: 1999-12-03
Provides coverage on the best-known American women writers spanning from colonial days to the present, including biography, criticism, and bibliography for each; also includes lesser-known writers whose work is found in journals, letters, stories, and even hymns. Entries feature an assessment of the writer's works; basic biography and complete bibliography, as well as comprehensive data on writers' names, including pseudonyms, aliases, parents' names and husbands' names, etc.

 

Artemis Literary Sources

Artemis Literary Sources, enabling researchers, teachers and students to cross-search these collections and discover and analyze content in entirely new ways.

Includes two really cool tools - Term Frequency, allows users to display search results on a line graph and track how the frequency of a particular term changes over time; and Term Clusters, discover key topics and themes in the literature you are reading.

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Thematic Guides

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The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature - Frederick Burwick (General Editor); Nancy Moore Goslee (Associate Editor); Diane Long Hoeveler (Associate Editor)
Call Number: Always Available eBook
Publication Date: 2012-01-30
Covers British artistic, literary, and intellectual movements between 1780 and 1830, within the context of European, transatlantic and colonial historical and cultural interaction.

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Thematic Guide to American Poetry - Allan Burns
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ISBN: 9780313314629
Publication Date: 2002-09-30
This poetry resource offers interpretations of 250 poems, representing the work of 86 poets from a wide spectrum of historical, contemporary, ethnic, and canonical writers.

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Thematic Guide to British Poetry - Ruth Glancy
Call Number: Always Available
ISBN: 9780313313790
Publication Date: 2002-08-30
Offers interpretations of numerous poems, representing the work of poets spanning seven centuries of British poetry. Contains narrative essays on themes that recur throughout the history of British poetry.

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Thematic Guide to Modern Drama - Susan C. W. Abbotson
Call Number: Always Available
ISBN: 9780313319501
Publication Date: 2003-04-30
Presents the numerous themes that weave their way through modern drama and highlights the variety of thought that exists in response to them.

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Thematic Guide to the American Novel - Lynda G. Adamson
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ISBN: 9780313311949
Publication Date: 2002-03-30
This resource provides readers with a systematic guide to the central themes in 150 of the most commonly taught American novels.

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U-X-L Graphic Novelists - Tom Pendergast; Sara Pendergast
Call Number: Always Available
ISBN: 9781414404400
Publication Date: 2006-11-01
Graphic novels -- novels merging pictures and rich language to create a unique experience of literature and art -- are enjoying a renewed popularity, especially with students and young adults. U*X*L's Graphic Novelists introduces researchers to the authors and illustrators behind these works, taking care to define and explore the distinction between comic books and graphic novels.

 

World Literature

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Latin American Literature and Its Times - Joyce Moss (Editor); Lorraine Valestuk (Editor)
Call Number: Always Available
ISBN: 9780787637262
Publication Date: 1999-08-13
Examines the relationship between the political/social climate during which books were written and the works themselves.

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American Ethnic Writers - David R. Peck (Editor); Tracy Irons-Georges (Editorial Coordinator)
Call Number: Always Available
ISBN: 9780893561574
Publication Date: 2000-11-01
Explores the rich tradition of American ethnic writers and the ways in which they have expressed their sense of identity through literature, both fiction and nonfiction.

 

Literature Resource Center

Start here to access biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline.

 

Literature Criticism

Contemporary Literary Criticism is THE resource to use when you need literary criticism. Now, you can find CLC, PLUS poetry criticism, drama criticism, and much, much more, online, without visiting the library!

LitFinder can be used directly or from within Contemporary Literary Criticism.

Literature - General

Topic Page: Literature

A collection of textual or spoken works that share a common subject matter. Though the term traditionally refers to a humanities context and includes belles-lettres, prose, verse, fiction, or nonfiction with a recognized artistic value, the concept is appropriately applied to the social sciences realm as well. In the broadest sense, literature is a means of communication. An author or editor intends to communicate a message to be broadcast to a community of readers. The medium—be it a book, a magazine article, or a speech— is a vehicle of mass communication.

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Searches a variety of Literature titles found in Credo Reference.

 

Specialized Resources

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A Dictionary of Literary Symbols - Michael Ferber
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ISBN: 9780521591287
Publication Date: 1999-11-04
A dictionary of nearly 200 symbols found in literature. Focuses on literary references rather than universal psychological archetypes, myths, or esoterica. Also provides cross-references and quotations. Emphasis on English literature. Entries range from the Bible and classical authors to modern-day writing, taking in American and European literatures.

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Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature - Anne Marie Hacht; Dwayne D. Hayes
Call Number: Always Available
ISBN: 9781414431307
Publication Date: 2009-07-03
Covers American authors from many periods and genres, building a broad understanding of the various contexts - from the biographical to the literary to the historical - in which literature can be viewed.

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Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature - Anne Marie Hacht; Dwayne D. Hayes
Call Number: Always Available
ISBN: 9781414448701
Publication Date: 2009-03-25
Covers world authors from many periods and genres, building an understanding of the various contexts -- from the biographical to the literary to the historical -- in which literature can be viewed. Identifies the significant literary devices and global themes that define a writer's style and place the author in a larger literary tradition as chronicled and evaluated by critics over time.

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Fabulous Creatures, Mythical Monsters, and Animal Power Symbols - Cassandra Eason
Call Number: Always Available
ISBN: 9781567206623
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
Provides a comprehensive history of mythical animals, creatures, and monsters.

 

Mythology & Folklore

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Archetypes and Motifs in Folklore and Literature - Jane Garry (Editor); Hasan M. El-Shamy (Editor)
Call Number: Always Available
ISBN: 9780765612601
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
Provides a detailed analysis of the most common archetypes or motifs found in the folklore of selected communities around the world. Includes examination of such motifs as Bewitching, Chance and Fate, Choice of Roads, Death or Departure of the Gods, the Double, Ghosts and Other Revenants, the Hero Cycle, Journey to the Otherworld, Magic Invulnerability, Soothsayer, Transformation, Tricksters, and more.

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The Greenwood Library of World Folktales - Thomas A. Green
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ISBN: 9780313337833
Publication Date: 2008-02-28
Covers tales that are the foundations of the world's traditions, literature, and popular culture and are fundamental to daily life.

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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales Vol. 1 - Donald Haase (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780313049484
Publication Date: 2007-12-01
Contains A-F

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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales Vol 2. - Donald Haase (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780313049491
Publication Date: 2007-12-30
Vol 2. G-P

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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales Vol. 3 - Donald Haase (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780313049507
Publication Date: 2007-12-30
Vol. 3 Q-Z

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Fairy Lore - D. L. Ashliman
Call Number: Always Available
ISBN: 9780313042003
Publication Date: 2005-12-01
Examines worldwide beliefs concerning fairies; provides numerous examples, texts, and illustrations; and discusses fairies throughout popular culture.

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Greek and Roman Folklore - Graham Anderson
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ISBN: 9780313054082
Publication Date: 2006-01-01

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