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Narratives of Resilience

Materials selected by librarians and our community for Themester 2021


Resilience takes many forms – social and cultural, emotional and psychological, physical, historical, environmental, and more. In recognition of this variety, the IU Libraries present this virtual collection of resilience narratives drawn from a wide range of cultures and time periods, selected by library staff representing diverse subject areas and geographical regions. This collection brings together works of fiction with non-fiction, film, and music. It not only highlights the varying forms that resilience may take, but also reminds us that stories about resilience can help build this trait in readers, viewers, and listeners.


The IU Libraries' "Narratives of Resilience" complement a wide range of Themester 2021 courses, and are intended as a resource for the broad campus community. We invite you to help us expand and improve our selection by submitting materials suggestions.


"Narratives of Resilience" is the product of a collaboration between the library departments of Arts & Humanities and Area Studies. Please contact the guide owner, Catherine J. Minter, with questions or comments.