Answered By: Chris Williams
Last Updated: May 31, 2017     Views: 56

First, consider what themes you may want to research and write about from A Rose for Emily. Lately, many students have wanted to address Emily Grierson’s mental health issues, possibly with a diagnosis of what disease she suffers from. However, there is relatively little scholarly writing available specifically on that subject. If you were hoping to write about that, it may be more productive to first browse some of the analyses and criticisms of Faulkner’s works to see what other themes stand out, then settle on a topic to write about.

You could begin by searching HGTC’s print collections through the online catalog. Make sure the search is set to include all HGTC Libraries. Searching for William Faulkner as a subject returns many resources that can be helpful for analyzing his works. Two that may be of use include:

-   Critical companion to William Faulkner : a literary reference to his life and work

-   William Faulkner

Please feel free to also browse the many other print resources you will find in the catalog. Do not feel overwhelmed - most of them will be located in the same section in the library shelves.

In addition, searching the databases should also return many relevant results. Go to and click on the Databases tab. By searching for keyword terms such as William Faulkner or "A Rose for Emily" (quotation marks included), you should be able to find many useful results in virtually every literature database. In particular, JSTOR - Language & Literature stands out with over 160 results, many of which are scholarly literary criticisms. Bloom's Literary Reference Center and Salem Press Online are also solid resources that contain both literary criticisms and biographies on Faulkner himself.

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