Take a Deeper Dive into Langston Hughes’ Impact with LRC and LCO

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Literature Resource Center (LRC) is a massive resource that includes reviews, news, topic and work overviews, biographies, multimedia, and literature criticism. While it’s a great addition to any library, and many libraries already enjoy the treasures in its content, it only contains approximately 30 percent of the most popular content in the Literature Criticism series. That means, while you’re getting a ton of great content, you’re missing the other 70 percent of Literature Criticism content.

Literature Criticism Online (LCO) gives you the 70 percent of content you’re missing in LRC—that’s 70 percent more content your teachers and students could use to gain a better understanding of key literary figures.

Let’s think about it in terms of Jessica, our sophomore literature student. This semester, Jessica is taking ENGL 121 – Studies in Poetry, which fulfills her poetry requirement for her degree. This course serves as an introduction to the genre of poetry, including study of poetic form, figures of speech, styles, and major periods and authors in the British and American traditions.

One poet that Jessica’s class will undoubtedly cover is Langston Hughes. Not only was Hughes known as an innovator of jazz poetry, but he’s also renowned as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. His impact on poetry and literature is well documented.

If Jessica needed to learn more about Hughes and his work for an assignment, she’d probably go to LRC. There, she’d find 325 hits on literature criticism, as well as biographies, topic works and overviews, and more. As you can see in the picture below, Jessica would have a lot of information to work with for her paper.

LH2She’ll find literature criticism pieces like “Closing Time: Langston Hughes and the Queer Poetics of Harlem Nightlife,” “Dead Rocks and Sleeping Men: Aurality in the Aesthetic of Langston Hughes,” and “Langston Hughes as Playwright.”

She’ll also have access to topic & work overviews like “The Blues I’m Playing: Overview,” “Overview: ‘Mother to Son’”, and “Overview: Simple Takes a Wife.” These overviews, unique to LRC, along with the literature criticism lay a strong foundation for Jessica’s paper.

But, is that enough?

Jessica is trying to take her research to the next level. She hopes to graduate at the top of her class and eventually become a world-renowned scholar. Those are some high hopes. She can’t reach those goals without the right resources.

If Jessica were to search for Langston Hughes in LCO, she’d find 1,100 results for literature criticism. With more results, Jessica now has an opportunity to take her research even further. While LRC gives Jessica a lot of great information about Hughes and his works, it only scratches the surface in terms of literature criticism. That’s why LCO and LRC are both necessary for her research—she wants to paint a more vibrant picture.

LH1In LCO, Jessica would be able to find critically essays like: “Jazzing It Up: The Be-Bop Modernism of Langston Hughes,” “Do Right to Write Right: Langston Hughes’s Aesthetics of Simplicity,” and “The Harlem of Langston Hughes’ Poetry.” Each of these results gives Jessica different perspective on the vastness of Hughes’ impact. None of them can be found in LRC.

Coupling the results from LRC with LCO, Jessica decides to take a deeper look into aesthetics of Hughes’ poetry—where they stemmed from and how the transformed his works.

Even better, since Jessica has access to both LRC and LCO, she cross-search these resources with Gale Artemis: Literary Sources and save time while accessing all of the content at once.

Colleges and universities are filled with students similar to Jessica. They also have professors who share Jessica’s passion and other students who might not have the same career path goals but may have similar academic needs. LRC, LCO, and Gale Artemis: Literary Sources are ready to help.



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