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EN 340A - Postcolonial Literature

Searching for Resources

Searching and locating materials relevant to your topic may involve a more nuanced approach to searching. Please be aware of the following particularities involved in locating relevant materials.

In searching for works or authors specific to India, check that you are searching the appropriate subject heading for literature from India. You need to use the word Indic, as in 'Indic literature.' If you do not and simply use the phrase 'Indian literature', your search will return resources related to Native Americans.

If you are interested in searching for works that have the keyword postcolonial in the title or abstract, try using a search where you take into account the different spellings of the term, such as (postcolonial OR post-colonial) by using the Boolean operator 'or.'


Locating Journal Articles

Below are several databases that may yield useful journal articles for your research. Some focus on postcolonial literature while others will provide historical, and socio-cultural context for your area of study. Try searching on the same keywords that you used in the book catalog. Remember to use Boolean operators (and, or, not) and wildcards (the asterisk symbol) to improve your search.

In the results screen, if there is no full-text link readily available, click on the WebBridge icon to determine whether the journal is available in the Geisel Library or in full-text via another electronic database. If the article isn't available, consider clicking on the Interlibrary Loan link to request a PDF copy of the article from another library. Articles requested via ILL will be delivered to your email inbox within about a week.  Please read the WebBridge info carefully. If the book or article is already available at Saint Anselm College, you will not be able to obtain it through Interlibrary Loan. 


Cross Search has the ability to search across the following list of databases relevant to your search in Postcolonial studies.

  • Literature Resource Center
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Academic Search Premier
  • Project MUSE

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Other Electronic Resources

Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English
This is an excellent resource to begin searching for information on your topics. The encyclopedia "documents the history and development of this body of work and includes original research relating to the literatures of some 50 countries and territories. It explores the effect of the colonial and post-colonial experience on literatures in English worldwide."

Arts & Humanities Citation Index via Firstsearch
Provides indexing to the world's leading arts and humanities journals and selections from social science and science journals. Includes articles, bibliographies, editorials, letters, and reviews. (1980-present)

Gender Studies database (limited time trial)
The library currently has a 3-month trial of this database that lets you search the scholarly literature on women's and men's studies. This database may be useful to your research if you want to explore the relationship of postcolonial studies with gender issues.
Please Note: You will have access to this database through December 2008.


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Print Resources

If you searched the Geisel Library Catalog but could not locate a book on your topic try searching WorldCat, a database that allows you to search the collections of libraries throughout the United States. If you find a book that you want you can request it through interlibrary loan (ILL) by clicking on the ILL icon in the book's catalog record. Please be aware that items requested through WorldCat can take a week to two weeks to be delivered, it is important therefore to request books through WorldCat early in the research process.

Select Reference Books

Handbook of Twentieth-Century Literatures of India.
Ref. PK5416 .H27

Post-Colonial Studies: The Essential Glossary.
Ref. JV22 .T45

Select Books in the General Collection

Loomba, Ania. Colonialism/Postcolonialism.
JV51 .L66

Singh, Jyotsna G. Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: Discoveries of India in the Language of Colonialism.
PR129.I5 S46

The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures.
PR9080 .A85

Wisker, Gina. Key Concepts in Postcolonial Literature.
PR9080 .W57

Guttman, Anna. The Nation of India in Contemporary Indian Literature.
PR9489.6 .G88

George, Rosemary Marangoly. The Politics of Home: Postcolonial Relocations and Twentieth-Century Fiction.
PR9080 .G46

Young, Robert. Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction.
JV51 .Y68

Gandhi, Leela. Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction.
JV51 .G36

Hubel, Teresa. Whose India?: The Independence Struggle in British and
Indian Fiction and History.
PR9492.5 .H83


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Select Web Resources

Postcolonial and Postimperial Literature: An Overview
A website created by George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History, Brown University; Shaw Professor of English and Digital Culture (Computer Science), National University of Singapore. Arranged by geographic region, this collection of web resources should be used to get a sense of the discourse surrounding postcolonial studies.

Postcolonial Studies - Emory University
An introductory website covering postcolonial studies, this resource is published by Emory University's English department. It discusses the background and scope of postcolonial studies, with emphasis on the literature, film, and theory of postcolonial studies. Entries are divided by history/biography, major works, and criticism. A good resource to gain understanding of postcolonial studies.

Voice of the Shuttle: Postcolonial (and Colonial) Studies
Search this online resource using simple search terms such as 'postcolonial' to explore web resources on postcolonial studies. The website contains extensive listings for all English-language secondary source literature.


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Citing Sources in MLA Format

A copy of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is located at the Ready Reference shelves (Ready Ref LB2369 .G53). For online guides to MLA style, see the following websites:

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