English and American Literature


Smithsonian Global Sound’s Mobile App is Here!

Posted by: Debra Mandel


Smithsonian Global Sound, Alexander Street Press‘s “virtual encyclopedia of the world’s musical and aural traditions,” has three convenient ways to access recordings from your mobile phone. Select a track you wish to listen to, click on the mobile phone icon, and choose one of three methods for accessing the track (and entire album!) from your mobile device.

Click on the screen shot below of the Cajun Home Music Album to see the pop-up help menu you will receive.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at d.mandel@neu.edu.

Debra Mandel

Posted in: African-American Studies, Anthropology, English and American Literature, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Information and Society, Journalism and International Affairs, Music, Read, Listen, Watch, Serendipity, Sociology


IRis Highlight: Studies in American Fiction

Posted by: Amanda Rust


Founded by the Northeastern University English Department and published for over three decades, Studies in American Fiction is a well-regarded, peer-reviewed journal that covers both “emergent writers and canons, as well as American literary classics.” IRis has a small selection of recent articles, and will hopefully include more backfiles in the future.

In Studies in American Fiction you can find articles on authors as diverse as John Cheever, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Sarah Orne Jewett, and on topics as diverse as missionary literature, Orientalism, and temperance.

IRis also includes additional contributions from the Northeastern English Department, and you can even browse in IRis for more exposure to the fascinating array of subjects being studied by Northeastern’s other departments and research centers.

Posted in: English and American Literature, Library News and Events, Scholarly Communications


Top Ten list of most frequently challenged books for 2009

Posted by: Jonathan Iannone


Last July we had a lively and thought provoking discussion about Censorship and the Library as a follow up to that discussion I thought I would post a link to the ALA Top Ten list of most frequently challenged books for 2009. What I find interesting is that the popular Twilight series of books has been added to the list. It seems that the challenges are theme based rather then content based for this series of books. The majority of these books are works of fiction which are challenged because they offend values of the complaining individuals. So the question that all this raises (again) is: should offended individuals prevent others from having general access to works of literature, art, music or film because they may have controversial themes or content? In my opinion taking the time to attempt to censor a particular work just calls attention to it and rather then removing the offending work from general circulation it just promotes that work to those who may indeed find it to be influential. Which is contrary the intent of the censors.

Posted in: English and American Literature, Information and Society, Serendipity


English Language lovers, try Vocabula Review

Posted by: Amanda Rust


The Northeastern University Libraries have just subscribed to The Vocabula Review, which “battles nonstandard, careless English“. Enjoy back issues and online forums, as well as each issues’ special departments like Clues to Concise Writing and Scarcely Used Words with a Definition a Day Quiz.  This is a new subscription, so please feel free to tell us what you think.

Posted in: English and American Literature, Library News and Events, Research Online


Send a love poem for Valentine’s Day, read by outstanding actors!

Posted by: Hillary Corbett


If you’re as sick as I am of hearing about the Valentine’s Day roses on WBUR, the Times of London is offering something a little different: Choose from a selection of classic romantic poems, read aloud by what they call a “stellar cast” of actors, to be delivered via e-mail to your sweetie. If he or she loves the plummy tones of Alan Rickman or Patrick Stewart, or the elegance of Helen Mirren, then this could be the perfect gift. Best of all, it’s free! (My adoration of Judi Dench is no secret, so I think I’d choose her reading of “How Do I Love Thee” for myself…)

The offer expired on February 14, but you can still listen to poetry at the Poetry Archive.

Posted in: English and American Literature, Serendipity