Chapter 18. Other Literatures in English

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This section includes works devoted exclusively to literatures in English outside England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and the United States. Because writers in some of these literatures are included in reference works on English or British literature, researchers must consult section M: English Literature. Many works listed in sections G: Serial Bibliographies, Indexes, and Abstracts and H: Guides to Dissertations and Theses cover these literatures.

Research Methods


Christenberry, H. Faye, Angela Courtney, Liorah Golomb, and Melissa S. Van Vuuren. Literary Research and Postcolonial Literatures in English: Strategies and Sources. Lanham: Scarecrow, 2012. 262 pp. Lit. Research: Strategies and Sources 11. (Updates appear at PN73.L53 807.2.

A guide to research strategies and reference sources for the scholar working with postcolonial literatures in English, with a focus on former British colonies in Africa, the Caribbean, and South Asia. Following an admirably clear explanation of the basics of online searching (with MLAIB [G335] as the primary example) are chapters on general literary reference sources (but omitting ProQuest Dissertations and Theses [H465] and discussing insufficiently Africa-Wide Information [R4423]); library catalogs; print and electronic bibliographies, indexes, and annual reviews; scholarly journals; literary reviews; magazines and newspapers; microform and digital collections; manuscripts and archives; and Web resources. The last chapter demonstrates how to use many of the works and strategies previously discussed to develop a research plan (using three recent novels as an example of how to address “the unevenness and often unavailability of both primary and secondary materials on postcolonial literatures”). An appendix lists sources in related disciplines. Indexed by authors, titles, and subjects. Describing fully the uses of kinds of reference tools, providing illuminating examples in discussions of key individual resources, detailing techniques for finding kinds of information, illustrating research processes, and perpetuating the high standards reflected by the other volumes in the series, Literary Research and Postcolonial Literatures in English is the essential starting point for anyone working postcolonial literatures in English.