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American Literature: Home

Here you will find library and internet resources for research on American Literature, including genres, literary movements, terms, concepts, poets, novelists, playwrights


Information on American Literature will be useful in a degree or certificate program, for additional or supplemental information for any course or program, for research projects that focus on topics in the subject, or for personal interest, enjoyment, and enrichment.

Useful and Relevant Search Words

These are some of the search words that students may need for a research project. Other words may be useful in addition to those listed below. Consult your textbook, class notes, or assignment guidelines for topic ideas.


Use specific words. Use only one or two words. Try both plural and singular forms. Try varying combinations. Try words for specific issues relevant to the topic.Try both technical and common usage words. Try names of relevant places or persons such as authors or critics. Add the word American to some of the more generic search words such as satire.

  • African American literature
  • American renaissance
  • Beat poetry
  • Children’s literature
  • Colonial literature
  • Comedy
  • Composition
  • Drama
  • Experimental poetry
  • Fiction
  • Formal poetry
  • Gilded age literature
  • Graphic novels
  • Grotesque
  • Harlem renaissance
  • Humorists
  • Literary criticism
  • Lyricism
  • Metafiction
  • Metaphysical poets or poetry
  • Multicultural literature
  • Naturalism
  • Naturalists
  • New England Brahmins
  • Poetry
  • Political writing
  • Proletarian novel
  • Realism
  • Realism
  • Satire
  • Slave narrative
  • Southern fiction
  • Structure
  • Style
  • Tragedy
  • Transcendentalists

Credo Reference: American Literature

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Try searching directly in the library's Credo Reference database using the search box above.

Literature Classes

Check the English department website for a list of the degrees and certificates offered and a complete list of classes. Check with a counselor to see what classes are currently required for these degrees.

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