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Southern Literature (ENG 393)  

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This guide is intended to give the students enrolled in ENG 393 and those researching southern literature topics a starting point for their research.


If you have any suggestions you would like to be included on this guide, or if you would like additional research assistance, please email the librarian (


How to Use This Guide

We recommend utilizing books (available in the library) and articles (searchable through GALILEO) to find literary criticism. To start the research process:

  1. Gather background information if you do not know much about your topic / author of interest (utilize the "Reference Sources" tab above).

  2. Next, think about your specific topic and what keywords you need to search. Before beginning to search the catalog and article databases, make a list of keywords to use in your searches. For each keyword, think of several synonyms to also search (for example, Southern literature, literature of the American south, Southern states literature). Try using the keywords and synonyms in different searches to maximize the number of results you receive.

  3. Many excellent literary criticism essays have been published in books. Go to the "Books" tab above for a link to our Catalog, and also suggested Subject Headings, which are very helpful.

  4. Also search at least 3 or 4 recommended article databases with your keywords and synonyms. See the "Articles" tab above for links to databases.

If at any point you need assistance, stop by the Library or email us.


Southern Literature Texts Utilized in This Course

This list is not comprehensive.

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The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology - William L. Andrews (Editor)
Call Number: Not available in the Library
ISBN: 0393972704

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As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
Call Number: PS3511 .A86 A6 1985
ISBN: 0393931382

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A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories - Flannery O'Connor
Call Number: PS3565 .C57 G6
ISBN: 0156364654

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The Awakening - Kate Chopin
Call Number: PS1294 .C63 A6 1994
ISBN: 9780393960570

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A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
Call Number: PS3570 .O54 C66 1987
ISBN: 0802130208

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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
Call Number: PS3515 .U789 T639 1991
ISBN: 9780061120060


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