Around the World:A Global Society

The world today is heading more toward a connected, global society. Literature can play an important role in how we as individuals understand history, people, and places, and how we are interrelated. Characters in novels can help paint a picture of larger global themes. The possibilities for exploration are endless. Here are some subject areas to consider:
Literature as a history of a people and place
Literature and culture
Literature and today's issues in a global society
Multiculturalism and its role on literary voice
We can't fit every resource about Literature and a Global Society on this list! A pathfinder is just the beginning of building your bibliography.

Reference materials

This is the place to start any research project. Reference books offer short, authoritative information on every topic. These books must be used in the library and can be found on the first floor. Most contain bibliographies of important books on your topic.

Bradbury, Malcolm. (1996). The atlas of literature. 352 pages. REF 809 At6 1996
Herb, Guntram. (2008). Nations and nationalism : a global historical overview. 4 volumes. REF 320.54 NAT Includes bibliographical references and index.
Ungar. (1986). Latin American literature in the 20th century : a guide. 278 pages. REF 860 L34 Includes index.


Literature by famous authors around the globe can be found in the 800s. The 810s-817s hold American literature, poetry from around the world can be found in the 821s, the 830s contain English authors, and so on. You may also want to examine the history of eras around the globe to aid your research, which are found in the 901s, or globalization and a global economy which can be found in the 650s. Similarly, you may want to understand people, civilization, and society. Books on these topics can be found in the 301s(sociology), and the 572s (anthropology). Also examine the 303s, 305s, 306s, and 307s if you want to connect people and places to a Global Society.

Gombrich, Ernest. (2005). A little history of the world. 284 pages. 909 G58 2005
Goldman, Paula. (2006). Imagining ourselves : global voices from a new generation of women. 239 pages. 305.2422 I
Holebrook, Kate. (2005). Global values 101 : a short course. 170.973 G51 2005
Lape, Noreen Grover. (2000). West of the border : the multicultural literature of the Western American frontiers. 224 pages. 810.9327 L31 2000
Rosen, Evan. (2007). The culture of collaboration : maximizing time, talent and tools to create value in the global economy. 304 pages. 658.046 R72 2007


Log into any of these databases by clicking on the link. If you are away from campus, please read the instructions on remote access, located on the BCDS library Googlesite.

Contemporary Literary Criticism A complete database offering full-text articles on literature.
Gale Student Edition Full-text articles and other multimedia geared toward high school students. Go here before Google! Search for subject "American and Literature" to find full-text articles; multimedia, newspapers, and other popular resources. Author searches and subject area searches are also possible. Play with different combination of search terms; for questions, consult the BCDS library for searching help.
Readers Guide Full Text Select Good source of articles and criticisms. Check box for Readers Guide Full Text select.
SIRS Renaissance -- Secondary Source Material. Subject Headings: "literature--world" and "literature--English" or "literature--Asian".

Internet sites

World Literature Resources on the Web A comprehensive list of web resources in World Literature topics, geared to high school students, at the Wade Edwards Foundation.
Words Without Borders An online magazine and community dedicated to world literature.

BPL: electronic resources

JSTOR: More than 600 core scholarly journals focusing on literature and the humanities. Collection spans the last 150 years but does not includes most current 3 to 5 years.
Literary Resource Center: Full-text database that combines more than 1,000 books, major literary encyclopedias, and reference works from antiquity to the present. It also houses more than 100 literary journals and unique sources not available elsewhere.
Student Resource Center: Designed for grades 6-12, this database offers easy keyword searching across journals, images, books, and reference materials.
Updated 10-09.

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