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Finding English Faculty Library Books: Class P - Literature & Language

Subjects: English

General overview


The table opposite gives a general overview of the scheme relating to Class P: Language and Literature.

It is important to remember though that some subjects relating to your research may be classified under different sections of the Library of Congress scheme: e.g. Scholars and rebels by Terry Eagleton is classified at DA, which includes Irish history.

Examples of sub sections in Class P:

P327         Lexicography

PE101        Old English
PE501        Middle English
PE3701      Slang

PN441        Literary history

As in the EFL in-house scheme, PR and PS are sub divided by period, for example:

PR: English Literature / General works on the period

PR421        Elizabethan era
PR441        18th century
PR471        20th century

PS: American literature / General works

PS185-195    17th – 18th centuries
PS201        19th century
PS229        21st century

Individual authors have their own shelf marks as shown on Understanding LCC shelfmarks page.


Class P - Language & Literature

Class P Language and Literature
Subclass P Philology. Linguistics
Subclass PA

Greek language and literature. Latin language and literature

Subclass PB

Modern languages. Celtic languages

Subclass PC

Romanic languages

Subclass PD

Germanic languages. Scandinavian languages

Subclass PE

English language

Subclass PF

West Germanic languages

Subclass PG

Slavic languages. Baltic languages. Albanian language

Subclass PH Uralic languages. Basque language
Subclass PJ Oriental languages and literatures
Subclass PK Indo-Iranian languages and literatures
Subclass PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Subclass PM

Hyperborean, Indian, and artificial languages

Subclass PN

Literature (General)

Subclass PQ

French literature - Italian literature - Spanish literature – Portuguese literature

Subclass PR English literature
Subclass PS American literature
Subclass PT

German literature - Dutch literature - Flemish literature since 1830

Afrikaans literature - Scandinavian literature
- Old Norse literature: Old Icelandic and Old Norwegian

- Modern Icelandic literature - Faroese literature - Danish literature - Norwegian literature - Swedish literature


For a fuller breakdown of these subclass categories, click on the link at the top of the table.