American Literature Research Guide

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Reference Books

Brown M.E., Rosenberg B.A., (Ed.) (1998) Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature, Denver: ABC-CLIO

Flora C, MacKethan L.H., Taylor T, (Ed.) (2002) The Companion to Southern Literature, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press,

Haralson E.L. (2001) (Ed.) Encyclopedia of American Poetry, The Twentieth Century Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers

Ramirez L.E.,  (2008) Encyclopedia of Hispanic American Literature New York: Facts on File

Showalter E, Baechler L, Litz A.W., (Ed.) (1991) Modern American Women Writers New York:  Charles Scribner’s Sons

Smith V, Baechler L, Litz A.W. (Ed.) (1990) African American Writers New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons


Buonomo, L. (2014) Immigration, ethnicity, and class in American writing, 1830-1860 : reading the stranger Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books

De Jong M. (Ed.) (2013) Sentimentalism in nineteenth-century America : literary and cultural practices Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; Lanham, Maryland : Co-published with the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.

Castronovo R. (Ed.) (2012)  The Oxford handbook of nineteenth-century American literature New York : Oxford University Press