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SUBJECT AREA: Literature

Last Update: November 28, 2006 by Tian Zhang, Maureen Weicher

Subject Specialists: Tian Zhang and Joan DíAndrea

Faculty Liason: Tian Zhang

Purpose: The St. Johnís University Libraries support teaching, study, and research for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty associated with the English Department of St. Johnís College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Division of English and Speech of the College of Professional Studies. The course schedule includes current offerings in English.

Undergraduate Programs: The English Department offers an undergraduate major as part of the Bachelor of Arts program in St. John's College. There are also minors in English or Creative Writing. The major division of literary studies are Medieval and Renaissance English Literature; 18th and 19th Century English Literature; American Literature until 1900; and 20th Century American and British Literature. The Undergraduate Bulletin of St. Johnís College has a complete listing of courses offered at the baccalaureate level.

The College of Professional Studies offers a B.A. in Literature and Speech.

Other programs that offer courses in literature include East Asian Studies, Languages and Literatures, and Womenís Studies.

Graduate Programs: The English Department offers programs leading to the M.A. and D.A. The Doctor of Arts combines traditional scholarship with an emphasis on pedagological training and research. A combined B.A./M.A. program in English is also offered. The Graduate Bulletin has a complete listing of courses offered at the masters and doctoral level. Graduate students may participate in The St. Johnís Humanities Review.

Centers/Institutes: The Writing Institute is closely aligned with the English Department.

Enrollment Trends: See Institutional Research Factbook.

Department and Subject Area Trends: A particular strength of the faculty is American Studies. Interests include modern American literature, including minority and women authors. An emerging area is postcolonial literature, and multicultural literature in general.

Established Specialization: In Queens, core authors in Renaissance and 19th century English literature.

Online Resources: Literature

Subject Depth: The Queens collection is on the study or instructional support level, advanced (3b). The goal is to maintain this level. Staten Island collection is on the basic information level, advanced (2b). The goal is to build a collection on the study or instructional support level, introductory (3a).

Selection Considerations: Please see Selection of Materials. In addition, the following resources may be consulted for book reviews:

Materials to be Excluded: Please see Materials Not To Be Acquired. Also exclude::

  • Classic texts available online, unless there is significant value added.
  • Textbooks, except for established classics.
  • Non-English materials (except for special requests)

Withdrawal Considerations: Please see Collection Maintenance: Withdrawals. Additional criteria include:

  • Age: Outdated monographs and series should be considered eligible for withdrawal, unless they are classic works.
  • Geographic focus: The Americas, British Isles, postcolonial areas.
  • Language: Non-English titles are collected only by specific request.

Other Considerations: n/a

Notes: Before ordering any reference books, please check for online availability or if there is a comparable work available online.

Related Collections: Modern Languages

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