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Collections support the Literature Major and Minor within the Division of Humanities.
The Literature major refines students’ capacities to interpret human experiences creatively represented in the written word. Poetry, drama, novels, and stories present a universe of human imagination for Literature students to explore critically. Drawing on the unique linguistic diversity of the students and faculty at Yale-NUS, the Literature major features courses in world Anglophone literature and beyond: students also pursue studies in Chinese languages, ancient Greek, and Latin in Singapore and abroad, often in conjunction with the Chinese Studies or Global Antiquity independent minors. Graduates in Literature will exercise their versatile skills in attentive reading, persuasive writing, and cross-cultural criticism wherever sophisticated interpretative and rhetorical awareness is required, for instance, law, journalism, education, and marketing. Training in Literature also enhances creative pursuits in writing, screenwriting, and game design.
The research carried out by faculty members is varied and wide ranging, and includes topics and themes in Classical, Chinese, Postcolonial, Arabic and African literature, creative nonfiction, the Novel, an interest in authors such as Walter Benjamin and Virginia Woolf, among others, and studies focused on the intersection of literature with law, urban spaces, painting, and gender.
Description of Materials Collected
The materials collected are scholarly.
The majority of items in the collection are in English; primary source materials in languages other than English may be collected.
There are no limitations on geographic range.
The periods covered range from the ancient world to modern/recent literature.
The range of call numbers under consideration is:
|PG||3300-3493.96||Individual Authors and Works|
|PJ||6701-6901||Modern Arabic Dialects|
|PK||3791-3799||Individual Authors and Works (Sanskrit)|
|PK||6450.9-6562.35||Individual Authors and Works (New Persian)|
|PL||8000-8844||African Language and Literature|
|PR||821-890||Prose Fiction. The Novel|
|PR||1098-1369||Collections of English Literature|
|PR||2199-3195||English Renaissance (1500-1640)|
|PT||1100-1141||General (German Literature)|
|PT||1501 – 2688||Individual Authors or Works (German Literature)|
|PT||2026 – 2039||Translations|
|PT||5400-5409||General (Dutch Literature)|
|PT||5555-5881.36||Individual Authors or Works (Dutch Literature)|
|PT||6400-6467.36||Individual Authors or Works (Flemish Literature)|
|PT||6590-6593.36||Individual Authors or Works (Afrikaans Literature)|
|PT||7001-7099||General (Scandinavian Literature)|
|PT||7268-7296||Individual Sagas and Historical Works|
|PT||7312-7318||Scientific and Learned Literature|
|PT||7326-7338||Individual Authors or Works before 1540|
|PT||7500-7511||Individual Authors or Works (Modern Icelandic Literature)|
|PT||8050-8177.36||Individual Authors or Works (Danish Literature)|
|PT||8750-8952.36||Individual Authors or Works (Norwegian Literature)|
|PT||9650-9877.36||Individual Authors or Works (Swedish Literature)|
It is noted that Literature can encompass many other of the Library of Congress call numbers and it is expected that adequate attention will be given to areas outside of the P ranges.
The collections include monographs in both print and electronic formats. Audio-visual (AV) materials as well as digitized primary collections are also considered and acquired.
Formats that are not collected:
- Theses and dissertations
- Microfilmed items
- Print serials
- Study guides
Areas of concentration are:
- 19th century to contemporary Sinophone literature and culture
- African literature
- British literature
- Classical reception in popular culture
- Comparative literature
- Film and animation
- Indian Ocean studies
- Law and literature
- Literary realism
- Literature and gender
- Literature and urban space
- Literature of the Global South
- Modern novel in Arabic
- Modernist writing in English
- Moroccan textual production in Arabic
- Neo-Latin poetry of 16th-century Spain
- Poetry and painting in literature
- Postcolonial writing in English
- Pre-modern Arabic/Islamic narrative tradition
- Realism and anti-realism in political literature
- Roman poetry of the imperial period
- South Asian literatures
- The classical tradition in European Renaissance culture
- The literary cultures of islands
- The relationship between politics and literature
- Theories of imperialism in literature
- Theories of literary engagement
- Traditional Islamic institutions and literary production
- Transnational and diaspora studies
- Transnational literature in the Indian Ocean world
- Transnational modernisms
- Travel writing (South Asia and South Africa)
- Twentieth century English literature
- Collections at NUS Libraries, including
- Print monographs
- Core electronic resources including databases
- Print and electronic journal subscriptions.
- Relevant materials include MA and Ph.D thesis collection of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
- Lee Kong Chian Reference Library Collection
- Level 8: Arts and Social Sciences & Humanities Collection
- Level 11: Singapore and Southeast Asia in English
 Yale NUS College ‘Programme Description’ accessed 22 April 2019 https://literature.yale-nus.edu.sg/programme/description/