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EH250 -- Introduction to Literary Studies for Undergraduate Majors in English: LoC Classifications and Literary Theory/Criticism

This LibGuide is a companion to EH250, a gateway course required of all undergraduate English majors.

Page Overview

This page provides information on the organization of Library of Congress classification P and also gives location information for the majority of books in the library dealing with literary theory and critical approaches.

LoC Classifications for Language and Literature

For the subjects of language and literature, the bulk of relevant materials will be located on floors six and seven of Houston Cole Library, in Library of Congress classification P and associated sub-classes.  However, due to subject overlap, materials housed on floors two and three (and five for children's literature) may sometimes have to be used, particularly the reference collections, which often can prove the deal-makers for fulfilling an assignment.  The following link directs to a detailed breakdown of LoC classification P.    


The following book breaks down the LoC classification into even greater detail.

Literary Theory and Criticism

Books on literary theory and criticism for the most part are located on the library's sixth floor in the call number range PN81 - 99.

The following two books are casebooks which either discuss various critical approaches with references to works utilizing those approaches embedded in the text or combine interchapters on critical approaches with a selection of essays employing these approaches.