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American Literature

This is a guide to select print and online resources in American Literature

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Ethnic-American Literature

American Indian Literature

The Columbia guide to American Indian literatures of the United States since 1945

Encyclopedia of American Indian literature    

Native American literatures : an encyclopedia of works, characters, authors, and themes     

Native North American literature : biographical and critical information on native writers and orators from the United States and Canada from historical times to the present  


African American Literature

Encyclopedia of African American literature

Encyclopedia of African-American writing : five centuries of contribution : trials & triumphs of writers, poets, publications and organizations 

Encyclopedia of hip hop literature

The encyclopedia of the Harlem literary renaissance

The Greenwood encyclopedia of African American literature

The Oxford companion to African American literature

Writing African American women: an encyclopedia of literature by and about women of color 


Asian American Literature 

Asian American novelists: a bio-bibliographical critical sourcebook

The Columbia guide to Asian American Literature since 1945

The Greenwood encyclopedia of Asian American literature

Historical dictionary of Asian American literature and theatre


Hispanic American Literature

Concise Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature  

Encyclopedia of Hispanic American literature 

The Greenwood encyclopedia of Latino literature

Hispanic literature of the United States: a comprehensive reference


Jewish American Literature 

The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American literature

Encyclopedia of Jewish American literature    

Jewish American Literature since 1945: An introduction