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ENG350: 19th Century Women Writers, 2015: Critical Theory Resources

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Call Numbers for theory books in Wyndham Robertson Library

If you like to browse, most of the books about literary theory and critical works about your 19th Century authors will be on the 2nd floor:

English Literature, Creative Works, History & Criticism

PR 1-56, Literary History and Criticism

PR 57-78, Criticism

PR 441-469, by Period, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century

PR 750-890, Prose

PR 1098-1369, Collections of English Literature

PR 3291-3785, 17th and 18th Centuries (1640-1770)

PR 3991-5990, 19th Century (1770 - 1900)

Literature - History and Criticism

For general works about literary history and criticism. Critical works do not live in a single section, rather their location is often determined by the subject of their criticism.  For this reason, it may be easier to browse these kinds of works virtually, using the catalog link above.

Feminist Literary Criticism

Search Feminist Literary Criticism as a subject heading, or click on the link above.  Some books are classed with the author in question (which divides them by nationality of the authors), some are in women's studies, others are in general criticism classifications.

Searching the catalog is the best way to get a comprehensive view of books available - at Hollins, at Roanoke College, and online books we have access to through netlibrary.

Recommended reference starting points

Subject Guide

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Rebecca Seipp
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MSIS, Information Science
The University of Texas at Austin
BA, History
Southwestern University