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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Renee Gladman

    Oct 19| Lectures
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    Renee Gladman is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, including the Ravicka triology, published by Dorothy (Event Factory, The Ravickians, and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge). Other titles include Arlem, Not Right Now, Juice The Activist, A Picture Feeling, and Newcomer Can't Swim. Since 2004, she has been the publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books of experimental prose, and also has edited the Leroy chapbook series.

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What the Call Numbers Mean

Use this subject guide if you are interested in browsing through the Otis Library's book collection. The beginning call number is given for each subject. (Note: not all subjects are contained in this guide, just those that appear often in this library's collection).

For more information on how a call number is constructed, see here.

Call Number Subject Guide


A - General Works (includes Encyclopedias, Dictionaries)

B - Philosophy

BD - Logic

BF - Psychology

BL - Religion & Theology

BX - Mythology

D - General World History

E - History of the Americas

  • 51 to 99 -- Native Americans
  • 169.02 -- American Popular Culture
  • 184 -- Racial & Ethnic Groups in the US

F - Regional History of the United States
(also History of the Americas continued)

  • 856 to 870 -- California & Los Angeles (Travel, History, Pictorial Works)
  • 1201 to 1577 -- Mexico, Central & South America (includes Aztec, Mayan & other early civilizations)

G - Geography, Maps

GN - Anthropology

GT - Costume (History of Dress) & Customs

  • 2345 -- Tattoos
  • 3912 to 3913 -- Graffiti

GV - Dance & Sports

H - Social Sciences

HF - Business

  • 5415.153 -- Inventions and new product marketing
  • 5801 to 6191 -- Advertising (includes Signs & Billboards)

HQ - Sexuality, the Family & Women's Studies

  • 784 T68 -- Toys & Child Development

LB - Education

  • 2369 -- Research Handbooks & Style Manuals

M - Music

N - Visual Arts

  • 72 -- Art in Relation to other Subjects (Feminism, Politics, Society, etc.)
  • 400 -- Art Museums, Galleries, etc.
  • 4390 -- Exhibitions
  • 5300 - 6494 -- History of Art (by period)
  • 5315 to 6320 -- Ancient & Medieval
  • 6370 to 6375 -- 15th & 16th centuries
  • 6407 to 6415 -- 17th & 18th centuries
  • 6450 to 6465 -- 19th century
  • 6480 to 6494 -- 20th century
    • 6494 I56 -- Installation
    • 6494 V53 -- Video Art (see also PN 1992.8 V5)
  • 6501 to 7414 -- Special Countries
  • 6505 to 6538 -- Art & Artists in the United States
  • 7429.7 -- Technique, Composition, Style
  • 7432.5 -- Outsider Art
  • 7433.3 -- Artists' Books
  • 7475 -- Art Criticism
  • 7560 to 8266 -- Special Subjects of Art
  • 7575 to 7649 -- Portraits
  • 7790 -- Religious Art
  • 8217 E6 -- Erotic Art
  • 8554 -- Examination & Conservation of Works of Art
  • 8600 -- Economics of Art
  • 8700 -- Art and the State. Public Art

NA - Architecture

  • 190 - 682 -- History (by period)
  • 710 to 738 -- Architecture & Architects in the US
  • 4100 -- Special Types of Buildings
  • 9000 -- Aesthetics of Cities. City Planning and Beautification

NB - Sculpture

NC - Drawing, Design & Illustration

  • 50 to 263 -- History of Drawing
  • 730 to 817 -- Technique
  • 760 to 776 -- Human Figure - Anatomy
  • 965 -- Children's Book Illustration
  • 997 -- Commercial Art & Advertising Art
  • 1300 -- Caricature. Pictorial Humor and Satire
  • 1429 -- Comic Book & Cartoon Artists (see also PN 6710 - 6728)
  • 1800 -- Posters
  • 1882 -- Album Covers

ND - Painting

  • 49 to 199 -- History (by period)
  • 195 to 196 -- 20th century
  • 230 to 238 -- Painting & Painters in the United States
  • 1290 to 1337 -- Human Figure, Nudes, etc.
  • 1340 to 1375 -- Landscape/Marine
  • 1390 to 1393 -- Still Life
  • 1470 to 1495 -- Technique (includes Composition & Color)
  • 1700 -- Watercolor Painting
  • 2550 to 2876 -- Mural Painting (includes Contemporary Street Art)
  • 2890 -- Illuminating of Manuscripts and Books

NE - Print Media

  • 2250 -- Lithography
  • 2800 -- Printing of Engravings

NK - Decorative Arts, Applied Arts, Decoration & Ornament (includes Antiques in general)

  • 600 to 789 -- History (by period)
  • 802 to 839 -- Decorative Arts in the US - Folk Art, Antiques
  • 1390 -- General design (material that includes both decorative & industrial)
  • 1505 to 1590 -- Ornament, Pattern & Design
  • 1700 to 2195 -- Interior Decoration & House Decoration
  • 2200 to 2750 -- Furniture
  • 3600 to 3640 -- Calligraphy, Alphabets & Decorative Lettering (see GT 3912 for Graffiti & Z 250 for Typography)
  • 4700 -- Costume and its Accessories
  • 4892 to 4894.4 -- Dolls & Dollhouses (see HQ 784 T68 for Toys & Child Development or TT 174 for Toy Making)
  • 8800 -- Textile Arts and Art Needlework
  • 9509 -- Toys

NX - Arts in General (includes works dealing with two or more of the fine arts, i.e. Art & Film, Art & Music, etc.)

  • 440 to 458 -- History
  • 502 to 512.3 -- Arts in the United States
  • 600 -- Special Movements
  • 600 P47 -- Performance Art
  • 600 S9 -- Surrealism (see also N 6494 & ND 195 S8)
  • 654 -- Religious Arts
  • 700 -- Patronage of the Arts

PN - TV, Theater, Plays, Motion Pictures

PR - English Literature

PS - American Literature

QA - Mathematics & Computer Science

  • 76.75 -- Computer Software (see also T 385 for Computer Graphics, TK 5105.882 for the Internet & TR 897.5 for Computer Animation)

QB- Astronomy

QH - Natural History

  • 90 to 95 -- Water & Marine Biology (includes Pictorial Works)
  • 101 to 198 -- Topographical Regions (includes Landscape Pictorial Works, see also TR 660 for Landscape Photography and F 1 to F 975 for Travel - Descriptive Works)
  • 540 to 549 -- Ecology

QK - Botany (Plants)

QL - Zoology (Animals)

QM - Anatomy

QP - Physiology

SB - Agriculture/Plant Culture

  • 469 to 479 -- Landscape Gardening & Design

T - Technology

  • 180 -- Exhibitions that highlight the developments & history of industrial design
  • 201 to 339 -- Patents & Trademarks (see also NC 1002 - 1003)
  • 385 -- Computer Graphics (see also QA 76.75 for Computer Software, TK 5105.882 for the Internet & TR 897.5 for Computer Animation)

TA - Technology (Engineering)

  • 166 Ergonomics and human factors research

TK - Electronics

  • 5105 -- Specific Aspects of the Internet

TR - Photography

  • 15 to 195 -- History
  • 660 -- Landscape Photography
  • 676 -- Erotic Photography
  • 679 -- Fashion Photography
  • 680 -- Portrait Photography
  • 690.6 -- Stock Photography
  • 721 to 739 -- Nature Photography
  • 820 -- Photojournalism
  • 845 to 899 -- Cinematography
  • 858 -- Special Effects
  • 897.5 -- Computer Animation

TS - Manufactured Products

  • 23 -- History of industrial design in the US
  • 57 -- History of industrial design in the UK
  • 79 -- History of industrial design in Italy (and so forth)
  • 140 -- Biographies of individual designers
  • 144-149 -- General works covering industrial design
  • 155 -- Production and operations management
  • 171 -- Product design
  • 1090 to 1130 -- Paper Making

TT - Handicrafts

  • 174 to 175 -- Toy & Doll Making (see also HQ 784 T68 for Toys & Child Development or NK 4892 & NK 9509 for Toy History & Price Guides)
  • 490 to 695 -- Fashion & Clothing Design
  • 505 -- Individual Designers (includes biographies)

Z - Books (Library Science & Bibliography)

  • 40 to 115 -- Writing (see also NK 3600 for Calligraphy & Lettering)
  • 116 to 265 -- Printing
  • 250 -- Type Founding & Typography
  • 266 to 276 -- Bookbinding