A. Anticipated Future Trends
Especially because of the creation of WRAC, and the expansion of the
base of graduate students who study Rhetoric while simultaneously
taking courses in English, Rhetoric was moved from the purview of the
Linguistics to the area of English and American Literature in 2005. The
teaching of Composition, as a research area and as a practice, have
therefore become of greater importance. The Residential College in Arts
and Humanities also now adds 450 new freshmen every year who will study
texts in the areas of English and American Literature.
B. Relationships with Other Sources
- James Madison has it’s own library to supplement what is in Main for the study of English and American Literature.
Interlibrary lending policies of the CIC and of libraries participating
in MEL make the book collection at MSU that much greater, but
simultaneously open the MSU collection for greater use.
The willingness of the MSU Library to work on projects and to give
monies to such as the Text Creation Partnership for EEBO have given
MSUgreater access to such products, with less expense.
C. Relationships to Resources Treated in Other Policy Statements
- Language. There are limits to this collection by
language: Texts in the area collected within English and American
Literature are limited to those written in the English, with the
exception of languages of the British Isles and certain patois that are
indigenous to the United States.
- Geography. There
are limits to this collection by geography: Texts in the area of
English and American Literature are limited to the territories of the
United States for American Literature, and to the British Isles for
English Literature. Exceptions to geographies of texts collected with
the English Literature fund may be to those created in areas of British
Empire (such as India).
- Chronology. Because the
Library has currently a selector for the Medieval period, the
collection of English and American Literature begins with the
Renaissance in England.
- There are other many areas
of collection within this one that may overlap into other collector’s
(such as Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies), so it is the job of the
bibliographer for this subject area to consult and refer titles to