RCL: Subjects
BRITISH LITERATURE The British Literature section contains works regularly taught in undergraduate programs in English literature, including not only canonical works by British, Irish, Scots, and Welsh authors, but also newly-recovered works by women authors and more recent authors of note (e.g., winners of the Costa, Man Booker, Orange prizes). Special attention has been paid to authors who are represented in standard undergraduate literary anthologies (e.g., Longman, Norton). Authors from present and former English-speaking colonies and dependencies of the British Empire (e.g., Australia, Canada, India) are excluded and can be found in RCL's Other Literatures in English section; the Library of Congress classification system has been the determining factor for this principle of selection. Primary sources are supplemented by critical and biographical works devoted to individual authors, particular genres, and traditional literary-historical periods. In contrast to the editorial procedure of BCL3, no effort has been made to include the complete works of every author, and in general, resources rarely used at the undergraduate level (e.g., collections of letters, bibliographies) and other materials more appropriate to library research collections supporting graduate study and faculty research have been excluded. Although preference has been given to titles currently in print, classic texts (both primary and secondary sources) have been included because of their influence on the canon and on the study of British literature as a whole. The focus, however, has been on readily available newer critical works and the most highly-regarded and reliable critical editions. Electronic resources have been included when they fall within the scope of the criteria noted above. Freely available websites are listed if they show evidence of continual revision and emanate from scholars in the field, scholarly societies, and/or college or university academic departments. Commercial databases whose coverage encompass, but are not limited to, resources on British Literature are included in the section on General Language and Literature. Other sections of Resources for College Libraries that may be relevant to students of British Literature include: Drama and Theater, Film Studies, General Language and Literature, Medieval Studies, Other Literatures in English, Renaissance Studies, and Victorian Studies. Return to Subject List