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  • Bilingual journal of criticism and reviews for children and young adults.
  • "The Canadian Literature Archive has been online since October 4, 1994 and is a repository for information about Canadian writers, novelists, poets, playwrights, essayists, Canadian literary organizations, magazines, publications, texts and library archives. It is a project of the English Department of the University of Manitoba. "
  • Poems, biographies, bibliographies, and selected resources featuring Canadian poets.
  • Selected Canadian poems in English and French.
  • Site features essays, a digital manuscript gallery, and resources for Canadian writers such as Marie-Clair Blais, Roger Lemelin, Carol Shields, and Michael Tremblay.
  • Sponsored by Cardiff University,Wales, this journal appears on a twice-yearly basis. Articles include those addressing Romantic literarystudies with a special slant on book history, textual and bibliographical studies, the literary marketplace and the publishing world. From 1997, volume 1, forward.
  • A selected annotated bibliography.
  • "Since 1995 this site has been the place to find translations of the poetry of Gaius Valerius Catullus. Many many contributors have created a collection containing over 540 versions of Catullus poems in 25 different languages."
  • Works by women writers and an extensive listing of links to biographical and bibliographical information. Browse by author, century, country, or ethnicity.
  • Introductory essay and brief bibliography.
  • Features resources for children's librarians. Includes lists of best books, reviews, and programming resources.
  • Introduction to contemporary Slovenian Literature. In Slovenian, Czech, and English.
  • Annotated directory of relevant resources.
  • "The Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents was established in 1995 under the auspices of Oxford University's Faculty of Literae Humaniores to provide a focus for the study of ancient documents within Oxford. . . . The Centre provides a home for Oxford University's epigraphical archive, which includes one of the largest collections of squeezes (paper impressions) of Greek inscriptions in the world, together with the Haverfield archive of Roman inscriptions from Britain, and a substantial photographic collection.
  • "The Princeton Charrette Project is a complex, scholarly, multi-media electronic archive containing a medieval manuscript traditionthat of Chretien de Troyes's Le Chevalier de la Charrette (Lancelot, ca. 1180)."
  • "The Childrens Book Council (CBC) is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of childrens books, and is the official sponsor of Young Peoples Poetry Week and Childrens Book Week each year. The Councils Members include U.S. publishers and packagers of trade books for children and young adults."
  • Browsable site includes historical discussions and book-cover images. Exhibition from McGill University Libraries, Canada.
  • This organizations goals are: To encourage serious scholarship and research in children's literature.to enhance the professional stature of the graduate and undergraduate teaching of children's literature andto encourage high standards of criticism in children's literature.
  • This website "is an attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults. Much of the information that you can find through these pages is provided byothers: fans, schools, libraries, and commercial enterprises involved in the book world."
  • An online version of 19th century texts housed in the Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina.
  • Bibliography of children's literature criticism.
  • Site includes poetry (in Chinese and English) arranged by author, audio clips of readings, world poetry in Chinese translation, and poetry links on the web.
  • "The sampler of Chinese texts collected here is intended as a resource for students of written Chinese from the advanced beginner level onward. The selections represent a wide range of periods and genres, but all are well known in modern-day China and worth reading in their own right."
  • scholarly journal from Lehman College about the literatures of Spain and Latin America in Spanish and English.
  • This website presents "a text and image archive containing a dozen English versions of the fairy tale. The Cinderellas presented here represent some of the more common varieties of the tale from the English-speaking world in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. Materials to construct this archive were drawn from the de Grummond Children's Literature Research Collection at the University ofSouthern Mississippi."
  • A collection of electronic texts.
  • A home page containing reviews and articles about comic strips and comic books, and articles on their writers andartists.
  • Library of Congress site offering an annotated list of reference websites.
  • Homepage of the sub-faculties of Classical Languages and Literature and Ancient History at the University of Oxford.
  • Web Guide to Classics Illustrated Comics.
  • University of Florida site collects links related to Classics. Includes Local Resources, Subject Guides/Indices, Databases, Bibliographies, Directories/Associations, Etexts, journals and more.
  • This site provides "over 900 pages of news,information, games and controversy about the life, literature, art and archaeology of the ancient world of Greece & Rome."
  • Links to a broad range of resources including Greek and Latin Languages, Greek and Latin authors, Maps and sites of the Ancient World, Classics E-Journals, Medieval Latin Language and Culture, Classics Publishers, Classics Associations, and more.
  • An online journal from Purdue University, V.1 (March 1999) to the present.
  • From Purdue University Press. Since 1999 it has published quarterly scholarship, book reviews, bibliographies and thematic issues, in the widest definition of the discipline of comparative literature and culture. It combines traditional comparative literature with comparative culturalstudies. Each article is preceded by an abstract.
  • Provides photographs from the plays of Shakespeare on stage, screen, television, opera and ballet.
  • Extensive coverage of the world of mystery fiction.
  • Guide to mysteries and crime fiction on the Internet. The links are divided into numerous, easy to navigate categories such as Authors, Characters, Themes, Reviews, Awards, and many others.
  • Reviews "Canadiana of interest to children and young adults, including publications produced in Canada, or published elsewhere but of special interest or significance to Canada, such as those having a Canadian writer, illustrator or subject."
  • An electronic archive of self-archive papers.
  • "The Collaborative Bibliographies were generated from discussion and query threads on T-AMLIT (the "Teaching the American Literatures" discussion list). All of the bibliographies are comprised of the initial query by a member of the discussion list, and subsequent responses to those queries. The responses come in all sizes, ranging from a single line with an author and title suggestion to several paragraphs."
  • Entry from The Columbia Encyclopedia, presented by Bartleby.
  • Website of the Special Collections and Archives of the James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, which houses "nearly 10,000 comic books dating primarily from the 1970s-1990s the papers and drawings of two Richmond political cartoonists and several other related manuscriptcollections an extensive collection of reference journals donated by Dr. M. Thomas Inge, an expert on popular culture and the history of the comic arts and a growing collection of reference books supporting the study of all areas of the comic arts."
  • A "non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First AMendment rights for members of the comics community."
  • This "site is designed to introduce librarians (as well as teachers and parents) to the rich, diverseofferings from today's comics book publishers, and to encourage the acquisition of comic books and graphic novels in libraries serving young adults."
  • Extensive directory of resources arranged by category. From the State University of New York, University at Buffalo.
  • "The Comics Journal is a magazine that covers the comics medium from an arts-first perspective. We are owned and operated by Fantagraphics Books, a leading publisher of alternative comic books ."
  • More than 10.000 entries related to comic books, comic strips, animation, caricature, cartoons, bandes desinees, and other topics.
  • The official journal of the American Literature Association (ACLA). The website contains table of contents and article abstracts for the current issue and article abstracts for recent issues.
  • "Comparative Literature Studies is a journal devoted to the comparative research in literary history, the history of ideas, critical theory, studies between authors, and literary relations withing and beyond the Western tradition."
  • Electronic texts of old-english poetry.
  • Covers a broad spectrum of books (including works of literary fiction, non-fiction, poetry and biographies) and provides links to major critics' reviews.
  • "Contains works of notable Russian/Soviet writers from the Nineteenth and Twentith Century. The text is in Russian, with special reading aids for learners of that language. When you encounter a word that you don't know, poisition your mouse pointer over it to see its English equivalent."
  • This Connecticut College site "is an electronic archive designed to make out-of-print volumes of poetry available to readers, scholars, and researchers. The books are stored as individual text-only files accessible via the World Wide Web on the Internet." Arranged alphabetically by author. In some instances, limited biographical information about the poets is provided.
  • Articles on relevant writers, culture and theory. Based at the National University of Singapore.
  • "This unique, searchable database contains up-to-date profiles of some of the UK and Commonwealth's most important living writers - biographies, bibliographies, critical reviews, prizes and photographs. Searchable by author, genre, nationality, gender, publisher, book title, date of publication and prize name and date."
  • "This collection of Middle English texts was assembled from works contributed by University of Michigan facultyand from texts provided by the Oxford Text Archive, as well as works created specifically for the Corpus by theHTI. . . . The Humanities Text Initiative intends to develop the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse into an extensive and reliable collection of Middle English electronic texts, either by converting the texts ourselves or bynegotiating access to other collections produced to specified high standards of accuracy.
  • "The Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum (CSL) is a collaborative project among scholars from a variety of disciplines with the main purpose of creating a digital library of Latin literature, spanning from the earliest epigraphic remains to the Neo-Latinists of the eighteenth century. Toward this end, we maintain an up-to-date catalogue of all Latin texts that are currently available online, making CSL a single, centralized resource for locating Latin literature on the internet."
  • Established in 1997, this online journal includes poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews Audio is provided for all poetry and fiction in real audio format. Audio is also occasionally provided for interviews and other special projects.
  • Includes excerpts from Creative Nonfiction magazine, interviews and author profiles, book reviews, the e-zine Brevity, and links to creative nonfiction conferences, courses, and mentoring.
  • "An archive of crime and mystery fiction reviewed by Marilyn Stasio since January 1997, arranged by author." From the New York Times. Registration required.
  • Reviews, interviews, and other crime fiction features from the online publication January Magazine.
  • Online British crime, mystery, suspense publication.
  • Website of "a professional group of crime authors, probably best known for staging some of the most famous and celebrated literary awards in the world: The Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards."
  • An academic site designed to "explore different critical approaches to the study of crime literature/film."
  • An electronic journal of Marxist Theory and Practice.
  • This site "represents the efforts of an international group of Assyriologists, museum curators and historians of science to make available through the internet the form and content of cuneiform tablets dating from the beginning of writing, ca. 3350 B.C., until the end of the pre-Christian era."
  • An "electronic journal for the scholarly discussion of issues pertaining to electronic literacy, widely construed. We seek to publish work addressing theuse of electronic texts and technologies in reading, writing, teaching, and learning in fields including but not restricted to: literature (in English and in other languages), rhetoric andcomposition, languages (English, foreign, or ESL), communications, media studies, and education.
  • Searchable database provides a wealth of information about classic and modern Danish writers and literary history. In Danish and English.
  • Online texts (in Danish).
  • Directory of websites featuring many full-text stories of horror and hte supernatural.
  • Very thorough collection of links relating to French literature, arrange by period.
  • One of North America's leading research centers in the field of children's literature. Although the Collection has many strengths, the main focus is onchildren's literature, historical and contemporary. Founded in 1966 by Dr. Lena Y. de Grummond, the Collection holds the original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1200 authors and illustrators, as well as 70,000+ published books dating from 1530 to the present. Part of Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi, the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection is housed in the McCain Library and Archives.
  • Collection of links covering many aspects of these ancient writings and the ancillary artifacts from Qumran, including archeological, historical, and religious infomration.
  • An interactive, hypermedia project providing the text of the Decameron, various interpretations of it, and information about Giovanni Boccaccio and the culture of fourteenth-century Italy.
  • Essay by John Lye.
  • An essay extracted from The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism.
  • "The Dictionary of Old English was conceived by Angus Cameron, its founding editor, as an historical dictionary in the tradition established by Sir James Murray for the Oxford English Dictionary. The Dictionary of Old English is based on records written in English between 600 and 1150 A.D."
  • Slang and colloquialisms used in the United Kingdom.
  • Didaskalia "is a web-site and journal dedicated to the study of ancient Greek and Roman theatre in performance, and to the legacy of ancient theatre." Issues beginning with volume 1 number 1, March 1994, are available, though the index and search mechanisms are under construction.
  • A well-designed website and electronic journal on Greek and Roman drama, dance, and music. The website provides historical background (including descriptions of staging and plans of Greek & Roman theatres), while the journal explores contemporary performance of classical works.
  • Searchable index of 102,000 electronic books, many of which may be downloaded free of charge. Log-in required.
  • Texts to view, print, or download.
  • Stanford University Libraries "Dime Novel and Story Paper Collectionconsists of over 8,000 individual items, and includes long runs of the major dime novel series (Frank Leslie's, Boys of America, Happy Days, Beadle's New York Dime Library, etc.) and equally strong holdings of story papers like the New York Ledger and Saturday Night." The collection can be browsed by title, feature, or image, or searched by Dime Novel titles, story titles and captions, graphics or subject features, or by text. Includes a timeline to chart these once-popular genres.
  • Interdisciplinary research tool for the study of women and gender in the ancient world.
  • Focus is on women and issues of gender among the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and other ancient cultures.
  • An "online guide to modern playwrights and theatre plays. Use the navigation bar to the left or the quick search alphabet above to begin searching for information on Plays, Playwrights, Literary Agents or Publishers."
  • Conceived as an online venue for French and American poetry and poetic culture.
  • Provides full Italian texts of 2,400 poems by 200 authors written in and around the 13th century.
  • Includes criticism, essays, poetry, drama, translations in numerous languages.
  • Full-text articles which "examine English literature, literary culture, and language during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries."
  • EMLS examines English literature, literary culture, and language during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and is committed to gathering and to maintaining links to the most useful and comprehensive internet resources for Renaissance scholars, including archives, electronic texts, discussion groups, and beyond. Full index and search capabilities.
  • Site featuring data on the Russian artists, designers, playwrights, directors and impresarios from the turn of the twentieth century until after the Revolution.
  • Guides to comparative literature courses and online resources.
  • "An anthology of ecological, philosophical, spiritual, economic, religious and cultural articles, editorials and reviews exploring the values of the planetary Ecosphere, itsecosystems, communities and wild species - as the natural and time-tested source of a new and compelling 'Earth Ethic' for humanity."
  • Digitized texts which are "related to the subject of textual transmission, the reception of Icelandic culture, and the cultural links between Iceland and Britain."
  • Directory of hundreds of electronic texts. Browsable by author, and within author by title.

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