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GRM 341: German Literature and Culture Before 1918: Finding Books

Library of Congress Classification Scheme: German Literature

PT 1-4897 German literature

PT 1-80 Literary history and criticism
PT 83-(873) History of German literature
      PT 175-230 Medieval
      PT 236-405 Modern
      PT 500-597 Poetry
      PT 605-709 Drama
      PT 711-871 Prose
PT (881)-(951) Folk literature
      PT 923-937 Faust legend
PT 1100-1479 Collections
      PT 1100-1141 General
      PT 1151-1241 Poetry
      PT 1251-1299 Drama
      PT 1301-1360 Prose
      PT 1371-(1374) Early to 1950. Old & Middle High German
      PT 1375-1479 Middle High German
PT 1501-2688 Individual authors or works
      PT 1501-1695 Middle High German, ca. 1050-1450/1500
      PT 1701-1797 1500-ca. 1700
      PT 1799-2592 1700-ca. 1860/70
           PT 1891-2239 Goethe
                 PT 1891-2017 Works
                 PT 2026-(2039) Translations
                 PT (2044)-2239 Biography and criticism
      PT 2600-2653 1860/70-1960
      PT 2660-2688 1961-2000
      PT 2700-2728 2001-
PT 3701-3971 Provincial, local, colonial, etc.
      PT 3701-3746 East Germany
PT 4801-4897 Low German literature

Searching the Library Catalog

Materials by and about an author will be shelved near one another. To identify the general call number range for a given author (so you can browse) or the exact call number for specific books, use the Library Catalog.

Search by Author:

Type the author's last name first, followed by the first name (if you know it). For example:

  • Buchner, Georg
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang
  • Heine, Heinrich

You may then Modify your search to material type (printed), and/or language (e.g., German if you don't want translations).

Search by Subject:

Find materials ABOUT an author (such as criticisms and interpretations) by doing a subject search using the author's name (last name first, followed by first name). For example:

  • Brentano, Clemens
  • Keller, Gottfried

Search by Keyword:

Find materials addressing a particular topic. For example:

  • "Literary collections"  (to find examples of anthologies)
  • German literature themes 19th century ("and" between words is assumed)
  • Kleist and criticism and interpretation

Again, you can modify your search by material type and/or language as described above.


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