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Classifying the South: Library of Congress Subject Headings and their Impact upon United States Southern Literature

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2008
Abstract/Description:
Classifying any body of literature is a difficult process, and for United States southern literature, the difficulty of classification and the resounding implications are amplified because of the difficulty in defining what "southern" is. On-going critical discussion of the South has explored these issues, thus far, scholarly discourse on southern literature and the problems of classification has been limited to the realm of the theoretical. The primary focus of this study, however, is to consider practical implications of this problem by evaluating the way subject headings implemented by the Library of Congress not only classify, but also influence and shape southern literature. Considering how southern literature is defined by these subject headings may prove to be a useful tool, aiding the in the current reevaluation of the South and its literature, and shedding light on how constructed borders affect users, as well as the literature itself.
Title: Classifying the South: Library of Congress Subject Headings and their Impact upon United States Southern Literature.
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Name(s): McWilliam, Fiona M.
Hagood, Taylor, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2008
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 51 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Classifying any body of literature is a difficult process, and for United States southern literature, the difficulty of classification and the resounding implications are amplified because of the difficulty in defining what "southern" is. On-going critical discussion of the South has explored these issues, thus far, scholarly discourse on southern literature and the problems of classification has been limited to the realm of the theoretical. The primary focus of this study, however, is to consider practical implications of this problem by evaluating the way subject headings implemented by the Library of Congress not only classify, but also influence and shape southern literature. Considering how southern literature is defined by these subject headings may prove to be a useful tool, aiding the in the current reevaluation of the South and its literature, and shedding light on how constructed borders affect users, as well as the literature itself.
Identifier: FA00000939 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2008.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Subject(s): Subject headings, Library of Congress--Influence
Subject cataloging--Southern States--Criticism and interpretation
Southern States--In literature
Regionalism in literature
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