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The short story “Araby,” written by James Joyce, is a part of his famous Dubliners collection, which was published in 1914.  This story concerns an Irish boy who goes to a bazaar to buy a gift for a girl he likes, only to arrive at this bazaar too late.  Themes of this story include loneliness and disillusionment.

 Call Numbers for Searching  the Shelves

  • PN6120.2
  • PR6019

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Benstock, Bernard. James Joyce. 1985.   Call Number: PR6019 .O9 Z52583 1985
  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). James Joyce. 1999. Call Number: PR6019 .O9 Z6335 1999
  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). James Joyce’s Dubliners. 1988.  Call Number: PR6019 .O9 D875 1988
  • Joyce, James. Dubliners. 1976.  Call Number:  PR6019 .O9 D8 1976

 LINNCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Araby (Keywords Anywhere)
  • Joyce, James (Keywords Anywhere)
  • Joyce, James – Criticism and Interpretation (Keywords Anywhere)

 Reference Materials

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction - Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

                   o   Vol. 4, pg. 1321-1325

  • Short Story Criticism - Call Number:  REF PN3321 .S5

                  o   Vol. 3, pg. 202-249

                  o   Vol. 26, pg. 46-47, 50, 73, 79, 83

                  o   Vol. 44, pg. 234-319

                  o   Vol. 64, pg. 196, 256

  • Short Stories for Students - Call Number: REF PN3330 .S386

                  o   Vol.1, pg. 1-15

  • Twentieth Century Literary Criticism - Call Number: REF PN771 .G27

                  o   Vol. 8, pg. 166-171

                  o   Vol. 35, pg. 143-197

 Research Databases

To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check the LINNCWeb, VCC East’s online card catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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