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English Literature



I. Purpose: To support teaching and research through the doctoral level primarily in English and American literature, but also in other literatures in the English language, and in literary theory, comparative literature, the history of ideas, writing research and writing in various disciplines, criticism, bibliography and methods of research. The highest degree given in creative writing is an M.A., which is obtained by producing an original work. Library support for this field is in the acquisition of literary works to serve as models and objects of study, and of critical and theoretical works.

The English Department also offers graduate programs in language and linguistics, and in folklore. English language is discussed in the Linguistics statement, folklore in the Anthropology statement.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Languages: English is the primary language of the collection. Critical, historical, theoretical, textual and bibliographical studies in other languages are widely acquired, both in the original and in English translation. When an English translation is available, it is preferred and the original is usually not purchased. French, German, Italian and Spanish are purchased on the broadest basis while other European languages, including Russian, are purchased on a selective basis. Little is acquired in Oriental languages. Translations of literature from English into other languages usually are not purchased except for special collections which have their own criteria. Translations of literary works from other languages into English are purchased as necessary to support curricular and general reading interests.

B. Chronological Guidelines: No limitations.

C. Geographical Guidelines: Literatures in English from the following areas, listed in order of general priority or interest, are collected: United States, British Isles, West Indies (See Benson Latin American Collection Statement), Africa, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, South Asia.

D. Treatment of Subject: Critical, historical, theoretical, textual, and bibliographical studies of the literatures, and of individual authors and scholars, are collected at the same level as the literatures. All literary genres are included. Performing editions of plays usually are acquired by the Fine Arts Library only, unless the text is available only in this form. Manuals of style, guides to professional authorship and literary marketing, and works on the legal aspects of copyright are purchased selectively. Literary works that were or are popular (widely read) are acquired according to the emphasis shown by the collection level for that chronological period; however, critical, biographical, and historical studies written in a popular style are not usually purchased. Juvenilia by major writers usually are acquired. Anthologies and readers are acquired very selectively. Writing handbooks intended for undergraduate instruction are not acquired.

E. Types of Materials: Materials may be purchased in the original edition, in reprint, or in microform, as availability, cost, and (in the case of periodicals) completeness of file dictate. Current periodicals of a creative nature are acquired selectively. Unpublished dissertations and theses are selectively acquired, according to specific research interests. Recordings of literature, films, and videocassettes are covered in the Audio Visual Library Statement. Other relevant non-book material, such as manuscripts and broadsides, fall within the purview of special collections.

F. Date of Publication: No limitations.

G. Other General Considerations: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center maintains distinguished special collections in English and American literature and theater arts which support advanced research in English and American literature by both campus and visiting scholars. Since approximately 1985, The University of Texas Libraries has been acquiring a special collection of science fiction, which is housed in PCL. History and criticism of the theatre is located in the Fine Arts Library; see the Theatre and Dance Statement for details. Literature of the West Indies in English is considered in the Benson Latin American Collection statement. French Canadian literature is included in the French Literature Statement. The Grattan Collection in the Humanities Research Center contains selective but distinguished holdings in the literature of the Southwest Pacific. Writings by Texas authors are intensively collected by the Center for American History.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class: See Footnote 1 Location CDP [NCIP] Collection Level Bibliographer
Theory, Authorship, History PN 1-79 PCL C English
Exception: Criticism PN 80-99 PCL D English
Literary history: Romance and Germanic Literature PN 801-840 PCL - See appropriate statement
Black and other literatures, comparative literature, folk literature, special topics PN 841-1008 PCL C English
Juvenile literature: history and criticism PN 1009 Lib. Sch. - See Library Science Statement
Poetry: theory, philosophy, etc. PN 1010-1551 PCL C English
Performing arts: Show business. Drama PN 1560-1988 FAL - See Theatre and Dance Statement
Broadcasting: Radio, TV, Motion Pictures PN 1909-1999 PCL - See Radio-TV-Film Statement
Theatre: General PN 2000-2308 FAL - See Theatre and Dance Statement
Theatre: Latin America PN 2309-2554 BLAC - See BLAC Statement
Theatre: various countries PN 2570-3299 FAL - See Theatre and Dance Statement
Prose and Prose Fiction: Theory, Philosophy, etc. PN 3311-3503 PCL C English
Oratory PN 4103-4355 PCL - See Speech Communication
Diaries, Letters, Essays PN4390-4500 PCL C English
Journalism PN 4699-5650 PCL - See Journalism Statement
Exception: Latin American journalism PN 4931-5106 BLAC - See BLAC statement
Collections of General Literature: Various Languages-Proverbs, Quotations, etc. PN 6010-6790 PCL C English
Exception: The Same, in Various Other Languages - - - See appropriate statement
English Literature: See Footnote 2 - - - -
General Collections and History, Special Topics, etc. PN 1-1369 PCL C English
Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman Literature: Early and Middle English PR 1490-2165 PCL C English
Exception: Geoffrey Chaucer PR 1850-1954 PCL D English
Renaissance (1500-1640) PR 2199-3195 PCL D English
17th and 18th Centuries (1640-1770) PR 3291-3785 PCL C English
Exception: John Milton PR 3550-3598 PCL D English
19th century (1770/1800- 1890/1900) PR 3991-5990 PCL D English
20th century (1900/1960 and to present) PR 6000-6076 PCL C English
Provincial and Local Literature PR 8309-8997 PCL B English
Exceptions: Scotland, Ireland PR 8500-8889 PCL C English
English literature outside British Isles and excluding United States PR 9080-9680 PCL B English
Exceptions: Canada PR 9180-9199 PCL C English
Africa PR 9340-9408 PCL C English
Australia/New Zealand PR 9600-9649 PCL C English
American Literature: See Footnote 3 - - - -
General Criticisms and History, Special Topics, etc. P 1-688 PCL D English
Colonial Period (17th and 18th centuries) PS 700-893 PCL C English
19th Century PS 991-3369 PCL D English
20th Century (1900/1960 and to present) PS 3500-3576 PCL D English
Exception: Literature of a Popular Nature (e.g. romances, westerns, etc.) - PCL C English

Footnote 1:
Organization of Production, Literature General and Universal: Certain class numbers in the PNs refer to the literature of a certain language only (e.g. PN 3, periodicals on the general history of French Literature). These class numbers remain the responsibility of the appropriate bibliographer.

Footnote 2:
University of Texas Libraries collections should complement and supplement HRHRC collections.

Footnote 3:
University of Texas Libraries collections should complement and supplement HRHRC collections.


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