German M.A. Reading List

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About this guide

The purpose of this page is to help graduate-level students in German at the University of Mississippi locate the texts on the German M.A. Reading List as provided by the Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC). 

Some, but not all, of the materials on the list are available through UM Libraries. Call numbers are provided below, with links to the Library Catalog to show their status (available, checked out, etc.) . Please notify Access Services, downstairs at the main desk, if something is not where it should be.

Cover art may vary from what is represented in this guide, as UM Libraries does not keep dust jackets for hardcover books. As editions change, so do covers.


Hathi Trust logoItems with the HathiTrust logo are in the public domain, and have been digitized by member libraries. The link provided goes to the HT catalog; in some cases, the item may have been digitized by more than one library. 

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Literary Call Numbers

While seemingly arbitrary, the Library of Congress Classification System -- used in most American academic libraries -- provides structure for finding different types of resources. In literary studies, the call number reflects 1) the language and nationality of the author, 2) the era in which s/he wrote, 3) the type of publication, and 4) whether the work is a translation. 

Example: Die Blechtrommel / Günter Grass. PT2613.R338 B54 2002

PT2613.R338 -- this is the root of the call number. P = Language and Literature > PT = Germanic Languages > PT 2600-2653 = Individual German authors born between 1860/70-1960, whose last name starts with G. The ".R338" represents the next 3 letters in "Grass". 

B54 2002 -- this is called the cutter, named for a man named Cutter, and refers to the title associated with the author. "B" for "Blechtrommel", and "54" to represent "le". Sometimes there will be multiple numbers, each reflecting the next letter in the title, using a standardized guide. The year, 2002, is based on the edition in our collection.