Survey of American Literature: Civil War/1865 to present

Dr. Kristi L. Krumnow


A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms - This dictionary explores more than 1,000 literary terms and themes. New entries include traditional literary terms and themes; terrorism and prison literature, and more.

Research Guide to American Literature – Each of the study guides examines a particular work, author, movement, or theme, providing an overview, suggesting fruitful areas of research and potential writing topics, and listing the best secondary sources.

            Vol. 4: Realism and Regionalism, 1865-1914

            Vol. 5: American Modernism, 1914-1945

            Vol. 6: Postwar Literature, 1945-1970

            Vol. 7: Contemporary Literature, 1970-Present


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The Cambridge Introduction to American Literary Realism - This introduction traces the literary realism’s relationship with powerful social conflicts, examines how the realist style was created; and the different forms 'realism' took in literary works by different authors.


A Certain Slant of Light: Regionalism and the Form of Southern and Midwestern Fiction - David Marion Holman examines two prolific regional American literatures - those of the South and the Midwest - from about 1832 to 1925.

Beyond the Frontier: Writers, Western Regionalism, and a Sense of Place


Documents of American Realism and Naturalism – Contains major critical discussions of American realism and naturalism from the beginnings of the movement in the 1870s to the present.

Naturalist Novelists - All essays include a complete biography of the writer, a list of achievements and other literary forms, and an analysis of several of the writer's major works

Recalling the Wild: Naturalism and the Closing of the American West - At the end of the nineteenth century, the Western frontier was declared "closed"; at the same time, "naturalism" was popularized in the writings of authors like Stephen Crane and Jack London.

Twentieth-century American Literary Naturalism Explores six novels to define naturalism and explain its tenacious hold throughout the twentieth century on the American creative imagination.


Intertextuality - The idea that "no text stands alone in meaning : all texts have meaning in relation to other texts" is examined in depth by Allen, who relates it to several different types of literary theory and criticism.


Resisting History - Reveals that women, as subjects of writing and as writing subjects themselves, played a far more important role in shaping the landscape of modernism than has been previously acknowledged. Barbara Ladd offers powerful new readings of three southern writers who reimagined authorship between World War I and the mid-1950s.

Modernism, Narrative, and Humanism - Discusses how modernists sought to discover humanism's inhuman potential. Explores the nineteenth-century philosophical writings of Schoepenhauer, Darwin and Nietzsche. Focuses on the major novels and poetics of Conrad, Lawrence, Woolf and Beckett.


Project MUSE 
This scholarly, full text database contains article on many subject areas, including Literature. Begin your search by entering your keywords in the search box (this can be the author's name or the title of a novel, poem, or short story - even the name of a movement).  Use the limiters on the left side of the screen to focus your search to Journals, full access (complete articles), or research areas. You can Modify a search to add keywords from your thesis - click on the + mark to add search boxes.  
JSTOR Arts & Sciences
Use the Advanced search screen for the best results. Enter your main topic in the search box (author, title of work, name of a movement, etc.) and then add keywords from your thesis. Limit your search results to Articles, and choose Language and Literature from the disciplines list to focus your results.
Literature Resource Center
Scholarly journal articles, many full text.  Also articles in reference books.  The best search to find critical articles is the title search.  Type in your keywords and select "all words entered" before clicking the Search button. 
Bloom's Literary Reference Online
This database is a collection of critical essays discussing literature. These essays, originally published in print form, are accessible now for research online. Find information about works, authors, and time periods.

Note:  To access these databases from off campus, students may login with the barcode number from their Lone Star College ID or library card using the links above.


A brief overview of Freud’s work, The Interpretation of Dreams, providing a synopsis and background on the work and its ideas.
An overview of Charles Darwin and his times, his theory of evolution, and how it has been received and refined over time.
African American Poets/Writers
A discussion of the development and characteristics of African American literature.
Harlem Renaissance
The Harlem Renaissance is the period from the end of World War I and through the middle of the 1930s Depression, during which a group of talented African American writers produced a sizable body of literature in the four prominent genres of poetry, fiction, drama, and essay.
Reconstruction is the period from the end of the Civil War until 1877, when the people of the U.S. worked to put the country back together again after the divisive and bloody war.
Mark Twain
This interpretive archive, drawn largely from the resources of the Barrett Collection, focuses on how "Mark Twain" and his works were created and defined, marketed and performed, reviewed and appreciated.
A collection of 161 poet companion sites, analyzing specific poems.
A basic overview of realism in American literature at the end of the Nineteenth century.
Completion of the Railroad
Digital resources from the Immigration to the US collection about, or related to, immigration, railroads, and the West.
Turn of the Screw
LSC Kingwood assignment guide for the novel, including themes, back ground, and extra resources.
Modernism usually refers to Neo-Classical, Enlightenment assumptions concerning the role reason, or rationality, or scientific reasoning, play in guiding our understanding of the human condition.  Postmodernism basically challenges those basic assumptions.
Understanding Fiction
This handout describes some steps for planning and writing papers about fiction texts.
American Women Writers
An overview of prominent 19th century women writers.
American Authors, Events and Literary Movements
An excellent resource for information on American literary movements and authors, including a timeline.


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Citing Sources Using MLA Style | Lone Star College-Kingwood Library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.

Avoiding Plagiarism | Excellent information and guide on how to avoid plagiarism from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.

University of Texas Copyright Crash Course | This helpful guide on copyright is suggested by Lone Star College-Kingwood Teaching and Learning Center.

The Learning Center | Check the TLC hours for in-house tutoring.

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