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African American Studies: Literature

Resources on African American history, literature, biography, and arts as well as racism and statistical resources


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General Resources

Collections of literature

Literary Criticism & History--Genres

Find more literary resources

Use the Library's OneSearch below to find more books, videos, and articles. Use filters on the left side of the screen to limit your search. You can filter by Resource Type (just ebooks, just articles, etc.), by Date, and more. Check out our video tutorial for a brief overview of OneSearch.

Here are some subject terms you might find useful:

  • African Americans in literature
  • American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism
  • American poetry -- African American authors -- History and criticism
  • Race in literature
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • African Americans -- Intellectual life
  • Short stories, American -- African American authors -- History and criticism

To find the stories and poems themselves rather than literary criticism about them, just search the appropriate heading without "-- History and criticism."

If your focus is articles or primary sources, you'll get more results and better search capabilities if you use a subject database. Here are some databases for researching African American literature:

Literary Criticism & History

Literary Criticism & History--African American Women Writers

Literary Criticism & History--Harlem Renaissance

Literary Criticism & History--Individual writers

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