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The Reference Collection: What is it good for?
The reference collection on the main floor of Gustavus Library is a great first stop on your journey towards learning about any topic related to Women and the Atlantic World. Reference works such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and bibliographies can offer a brief overview of a wide variety of topics you may be interested in researching, quickly bringing you up-to-speed on the history of research (or historiography) of your chosen topic, pointing the way to other important primary and secondary sources, and allowing you engage in the broader scholarly conversation about that topic.
Unlike books in the general collection, books in the reference collection don't circulate and can't be checked out -- that way they're always ready at hand for anyone in the library who wants to use them!
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American Nature Writers by
Call Number: Reference PS 163 .A6 1996
Publication Date: 1996-10-01
The following index entries show where to find authors on the course syllabus. Volume number is in [brackets], followed by the page number.
- Emerson, Ralph Waldo -  287-307  724, 933, 934, 935-936, 1042, 1059, 1079, 1080, 1081, 1086, 1091, 1095, 1107, 1108, 1109, 1117, 1118, 1119
- Thoreau, Henry David -  127-128, 288, 487-488  672, 698, 701, 704, 708, 724, 901-902, 933-950, 1041, 1059, 1107, 1108, 1118-1119, 1129, 1158
- Dickinson, Emily  1080, 1081-1803
- Bishop, Elizabeth -  1090-1091
- Le Guin, Ursula K. -  1024, 1041, 1054-1057
Encyclopedia of Science,Technology and Ethics by
Call Number: Q175.35 .E53 2005
Publication Date: 2005-07-21
Librarian note: See "Agrarianism," Vol. 1, 37-41 for extensive history of American agrarianism from Jefferson to the 20th century, as well as a bibliography. See also "Agricultural Ethics" (next article in volume) and in Vol. 2, pp. 1076-1078, "Jefferson, Thomas."
Reclaiming Nostalgia : longing for nature in American literature by
Call Number: PS163 .L33 2012
Publication Date: 2012-12-24
"Often thought of as the quintessential home or the Eden from which humanity has fallen, the natural world has long been a popular object of nostalgic narratives. In Reclaiming Nostalgia, Jennifer Ladino assesses the ideological effects of this phenomenon by tracing its dominant forms in American literature and culture since the closing of the frontier in 1890. While referencing nostalgia for pastoral communities and for untamed and often violent frontiers, she also highlights the ways in which nostalgia for nature has served as a mechanism for social change, a model for ethical relationships, and a motivating force for social and environmental justice." -- back cover.
Echoes of Emerson : rethinking realism in Twain, James, Wharton, and Cather by
Call Number: PS374.R37 P55 2017
Publication Date: 2017-10-17
"Probes the ways in which two major periods in nineteenth-century American literature "Romanticism and Realism" have come to be understood and defined. 'Echoes of Emerson: Rethinking Realism in Twain, James, Wharton, and Cather' traces the complex and unexplored relationship between American realism and the philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Critics often read American realism as a clear disavowal of earlier American romantic philosophy and as a commitment to recognizing the stark realities of a new postbellum order. Diana Hope Polley's study complicates these traditional assumptions by reading American realism as an ongoing dialogue with the ideas - often idealisms - of America's greatest romantic philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson. In this illuminating work, Polley offers detailed readings of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady, Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, and Willa Cather's My Antonia - all through the lens of Emersonian philosophy and discourse. This unique contribution to nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literary studies shows how these texts revisit Emerson's antebellum 'republic of the spirit' philosophy." - Publisher description
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