English Language Literatures

Collection Statement

The study of world literatures written in the English language is supported by both extensive print, microfilm, and, increasingly, electronic primary and secondary sources. Collecting emphasis is carefully tailored to parallel the teaching and research directions of the Department of Literature. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.K. and U.S. literature, Shakespeare, and contemporary, postcolonial writing in English from the developing world are collected at a research level. Literature in English from Melanesia and the Caribbean are collected as exhaustively as possible, in keeping with an intra-UC agreement. Critical studies in English that examine issues of gender, race, and ethnicity are acquired at a research level. Recent volumes of approximately half of the major scholarly journals, along with the two principal indexing tools, are available electronically. In addition, texts of most primary documents published between 1485-1800 and in several discrete categories of poetry, drama, and fiction are available electronically. The Archive for New Poetry, housed in the Mandeville Special Collections Library, is one of the world’s most extensive collections of post-war experimental poetry, particularly in the English language, and is supplemented by strong circulating collections.


Key Resources for English Language Literatures


Course Materials


Contact Information

Rob Melton
Librarian - Literature, Linguistics, Theater & Dance
Social Sciences & Humanities Library
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, 0175R
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
Phone (858) 534-7573
Fax (858) 534-7548
rmelton@ucsd.edu