Purpose of Collection:

The English Language and LIterature collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. English is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. As such, the collection also provides support for teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Cultural Mediations, African Studies, Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Digital Humanities.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our English Subject Guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Authorship and the production of literature
    • Social, economic and political dimensions
    • Manuscript, print and digital forms
  • African Literature
  • American Literature
  • Asian Literature
  • British Literature
    • Medieval Literature, Early Modern Literature, Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century, Romanticism, Victorian Literature, Modernist Literary Studies, Contemporary Literature, Celtic Literature
  • Canadian Literature
  • Copyright
  • Drama Studies
    • Contemporary Theatre
    • Dramatic Traditions: Dance, Expressionism, Feminist Theatre, Global/Interculture Theatre, Naturalism, Political Theatre, Ritual
    • Global Contexts: European, Postcolonial, Transnational
    • Greek and Roman Drama
    • Shakespeare
    • Theatrical Performance
  • Feminist, gender, and queer studies
  • Graphic novels and comics
  • Indigenous literature
  • Latin American and Caribbean literature
  • Literary criticism
  • Literary theory: formalist, structuralist, deconstructive, psychoanalytic, Marxist, historicist, feminist, gender, queer, postcolonial, diaspora
  • Medical humanities
  • Postcolonial and diaspora literatures
  • Publishing
  • Rhetorical criticism and theory
  • Russian literature
  • Sexuality studies

Selection Guidelines


Primarily new scholarship is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


Worldwide coverage with a focus on the following regions: Africa, Asia, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Great Britain, Latin America, South America, United States




  • Books
  • Journals
  • Electronic subscriptions


No exclusions, however certain material, such as revised dissertations, bibliographies, and scripts, will only be collected by faculty request.

Additional Collection Information

  • Deselection & Relocation Policy
    • The English Language and Literature collection contains a large number of primary source texts. While the deselection policy includes deselection of print material that is not frequently circulated or in poor physical condition, it is necessary to retain our print holdings for these primary materials.
  • Course Reserves

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