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Literary Theory and Criticism

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The main call number ranges for books on literary theory and criticism are:

Literature (General)
   Theory, Philosophy, Esthetics: PN 45 - 80

Literature (General)
   Criticism: PN 80 - 98.W64

Literature (General)
   Literary history
      Literary movements (General): PN 597 - 599

English Literature
   Criticism: PR 57 - 78

Some types of literary theories and criticism have their own spectific call number ranges.  While I encourage you to browse through the call number ranges  provided above, because of the wide range of call numbers associated with this evolving subject, I also recommend that you actively search our Library catalog, which is currently accessible through OneSearch.  To best search OneSearch, go to the CSUS Library homepage, and then click on Advanced Search.

1) You can search by Subject in OneSearch for:

  •     Literature History and Criticism
  •     Literature History and Criticism Theory
  •     Literary Movements

2) You can also do a subject search for a particular theory:

  •    Postmodernism
  •    Deconstruction
  •    Queer Theory

3) Not all theories are represented as well by exact by Subject Headings. If you can't find a theory by subject, try doing a broader search for it.  For example, while narrative theory is a Library of Congress Subject Headings, none of the books in our catalog are currently represented by that Subject Heading.  However, when Iook for "narrative theory" anywhere in the record, I find thirty books, many of which are about Narrative Theory.


New Books in Literary Criticism

Listed are books new to the Library with the Subject Heading:
Literature - History and criticism - Theory, etc

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