ENGL 251: Asian American Literature

Why use Literary, History & Biography Databases?

Resources on this page will help you find background sources on historical, social, political, and aesthetic contexts to the works and authors you study. 

Gale Literature: Read Topic & Work Overviews from Gale Literature to get started with: 

  • an introduction to social, historical, political contexts from which a poet worked
  • an overview of the critical reception to a poet's work
  • a discussion of key themes and aesthetic elements in the author's work

Biography in Context: Read biographies to learn about an author's life, time, and literary work.

U.S. History in Context (or World): Read reference articles for an overview to historical, cultural, political contexts.

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