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  • Sponsored by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, this magazine is accessible from volume 1, June 1993. There are tables of contents to the various issues, but no search mechanism. Each issue contains 1 to 3 articles, book reviews and a forum for scholars in the field.
  • Provides free access to electronic texts of Ukrainian literature to all readers, particularly to students outside Ukraine. Texts in both Ukrainian and English.
  • Database provides a "descriptive guide to 2130 works, 1097 authors, and 161 publishers." Entries cover poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction in electronic format.
  • This State University of Buffalo site contains an alphabetical list of poets, critics, writers, and an in-progress list of poetry-related sites and resources, both electronic and in print.
  • Links to resources in the following categories: Comprehensive Sites Shakespeare's Work on the WWW Shakespeare's Life on the WWW Shakespeare's Theatre(s) on the WWW Scholarly Sites, Criticism and Bibliography Authorship Debate, Teaching Shakespeare Shakespearein Performance Miscellaneous Shakespeare Sites.
  • Simple, well-organized list of reputable shakespeare sites on the Internet.
  • This heterogenous collection contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author's last name or by category of interest.
  • This site lists Internet sources for literary texts in the western European languages other than English. Grouped by language collections are listed according to size, individual authors are arranged alphabetically. Produced by the Western European Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
  • This site features "more than 350 literary works composed in the Sumerian language in ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) during the late third and early second millennia BCE. The corpus comprises Sumerian texts in transliteration, English prose translations and bibliographical information for each composition. The transliterations and the translations can be searched, browsed and read online using the tools of the website." Based at the University of Oxford.
  • Site contains links to electronic versions of texts by seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century authors.
  • Provides a series of illustrated essays.
  • Extensive Directory of links from the London School of Journalism site.
  • The site is an "NEH-fundedproject designed to provide scholars and students at a variety of levels withaccess to major texts of the English Renaissance in their original versions.. . . ERIC comprises two separate but integrated units: a set of tutorials on some of Shakespeare's plays and on the making and selling of books during theEarly Modern period and a database of scanned texts (thanks to the work ofSCETI) from Penn's Furness Shakespeare Library.
  • This site contains original plays and screenplays, criticism, and links to other sites concerned with theatre. It publishes both classic and contemporary works.
  • This site offers works of and about fiction collected from its members, contributing authors worldwide, and texts in the public domain.
  • "The Race and Ethnicity collection, one of over forty literary collections on the EServer, consists of reference material, essays, and other works addressing issues of race and ethnicity in the United States."
  • An online exhibition from the E. J. Pratt Library, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • "This collection archives works of the eighteenth century from the perspectives of literary and cultural studies. Novels, plays, memoirs, treatises and poems of the period are kept here (in some cases, influential texts from before 1700 or after 1800 as well), along with modern criticism."
  • Directory of resources on works on language, linguistic theory and structural linguistics.
  • "Eurozine is a network of European cultural journals, linking up more than 50 partner journals and just as many associated magazines and institutions from nearly all European countries. Eurozine is also a netmagazine which publishes outstanding articles from its partner journals with additional translations into one of the major European languages."
  • Site revives the magazine in electronic form from issue 100 (Summer/Fall 1998.
  • Currently contains links to over 650 postmodern theory resources, sites, and journals.
  • An online quarterly that publishes original works of fiction, poetry and art.
  • "Over 45,000 famous quotes by 5,000 authors from Aristotle to Zappa!" Browse by topic, author's last name, or type of author (Actress, Clergyman, Poet, etc.)
  • Bibliographic details on over 7000 authors and 150,000 books.
  • Index "covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages."
  • Includes information on different literary genres, specific historical periods, pedagogical issues, politics and literature, and literarytheory.
  • Full text of numerous novels and stories, arranged by author.
  • Directory of links from the Celebration of Women Writers site.
  • Provides listings of public events, library resources including the library's catalog HAMNET, information about publications such as Shakespeare Quarterly, and about educational programs for teachers and students.
  • A 1996 paper which questions theoretical claims that there is nothing intrinsically literary about literary texts and examines some empirial studies that appear to support a formalist postition.
  • Overview of Francophone women writers. Mainly in French, with a modified English version available.
  • An exhibition which "encourages audiences to examine Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, and its influence on science fiction, monsters and their place in history, and man playing God."
  • This Staford University website provides an introduction to the life and work of the poststructural Marxist critic.
  • The Project compiles bibliographic references to Medieval French Drama, includes references to critical editions, translations, and secondary sources, and displays images and miniatures of manuscripts along with detailed descriptions.
  • Contains questions (and answers)posted to the sci.lang newsgroup.
  • "Friends of Lulu is a national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage female readership and participation in the comic book industry."
  • Exhibit on the development of science fiction literature.
  • A repository of Russian verbal art and the scholarly and other texts vital to understanding it.
  • Selected scanned resources from the library's collection of primary and secondary sources.
  • Collection of articles about the settings of crime and mystery fiction.
  • From the Stanford University Presidental lectures series, an introduction to the work, and links to other resources.
  • University of North Carolina listing of interdisciplinary German resources on the web, including large sections on literature and literary theory.
  • German studies resources from the Western European Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
  • The goal of this project is to create comprehensive online coverage of the lexicons of the early Germanic languages.
  • Resources (mainly in German) for the study of German literature, language, culture, history, and philosophy.
  • This website provides "a completely interactive digital library book".
  • A compendium of glossaries on various subjects, searchable by keyword or browsed in over 130 categories.
  • Poetic terms and their definitions. Browsable alphabetically.
  • Devoted to the study of Gothic Literature from 1764 to 1834. Provides students and scholars of the Gothic novel access to the growing number of resources available on the web.
  • "The grammar hotline is a list of phone numbers or E-Mail addresses or Websites which you can contact for answers to short questions about writing. Tidewater Community College founded one of the first grammar hotlines in the country and publishes an annual compilation of grammar hotlines in theUnited States and Canada."
  • Searches title, publisher, year, book, or story and finds the work of a particular artist, writer, letterer.
  • A compilation of over 240authors and their works, chronologically arranged.
  • Links to ancient Greek theatre resources.
  • Writers choose their top 10 books in a variety of subjects.
  • A well-done home page containing reading lists and essays on great mysteries, mainly of the pre 1960 era.
  • Miscellany of grammatical rules and explanations, comments on style, and suggestions on usage.
  • "This on-line exhibit showcases a representative sample of the Mazzoni Pamphlet Collection at Duke Univerity. . .the collection consists of pamphlets, newspapers, programs, catalogs, and small volumes dating from the 16th through 20th centuries. It includes periodicals, political satire, Italian and French dramas, ballets, librettos, eulogies, epithalamia, materials from both World Wars, many collections of poetry, and many pamphlets relating to the Unification of Italy."
  • A crime fiction content database based on the George Kelley Paperback and Pulp Fiction Collection at the University of Buffalo, the State University of New York. It "currently provides an in-depth look at 185 detective and mystery novels originally published during the period 1930-1960."
  • An international, interdisciplinary consortium of scholars and teachers, H-Net creates and coordinates Internet networks in order to advance teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Site contains peer-reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussions aimed at colleagues and the interested public.
  • In German.
  • This database "contains definitions and examples of more than sixty traditional rhetorical devices."
  • From the English translation: H.P. Paull (1872).
  • A collection of links to French-related web resources of interest to university-level teachers and students. Covers many aspects of French history and culture, including language, literary criticism and theory, Literature in e-text, and other literature databases.
  • An exhibition at the Schomburg Center provides an overview of the writers and intellectuals in Harlem during the period 1900-1940.
  • A Hypermedia Edition of the March 1925 Survey Graphic Harlem Number.
  • First published in 1866, this is the oldest college literary journal in the United States. The online version features fiction, poetry, art, and criticism.
  • Site provides recordings of extracts from ancient Greek and Latin texts. This recital site was created for (and by) the classics teaching staff at Harvard to help students grasp the vital performative aspect of ancient literature. Selections were chosen because of their inclusion in various Harvard introductory-level language courses, as an aid to pronunciation and meter."
  • "The Humanities Text Intitiative, a unitof the University of Michigan's DigitalLibrary Production Service, has providedonline access to full text resources since 1994." The extensive range of searchable online texts inludes such subjects as English literature, philosophy, theology, history, and linguistics.
  • Collection of sites focusing on the leading exponents of postmodernism, including Antonin Artaud Jacques Derrida Michel Foucault Jacques Lacan Samuel L. Weber Laurence Rickels and Vilem Flusser.
  • Resources for "writing and researching and thinking about hypertext fiction."
  • Digital library of Spanish and Latin American literature.
  • Gateway to resources on Francophone arts and culture, with a vast assortment of site devoted to literature.
  • This browsable and searchable "online collection of selected electronic facsimiles seeks to share with a wider audience meetings of book art and Shakespearean text, and suggests the variety of responses of visual and book artists to the stimulus of Shakespeare's words. This online collection of 12 works, originally published in venues as distant as Philadelphia and Leipzig, includes images produced by an array of technologies available in the 19th and early 20th century."
  • A "comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources. The more than 2000 links at iLoveLanguages have been hand-reviewed to bring you the best language links the Web has to offer. Whether you're looking for online language lessons, translating dictionaries,native literature, translation services, software, language schools, or just a little information on a language you've heard about, iLoveLanguages probably has something to suit your needs."
  • "This online collection of selected electronic facsimiles seeks to share the marriage between book art and Shakespearean text with a wider audience. It also suggests the variety of responses by visual and book artists to the stimulus of Shakespeare's words."
  • A site dedicated to the study of Literature, Imperialism, Postcolonialism.
  • "This site provides information for all those interested in the influence of the British imperial process on literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Using colonial discourse and post-colonial theory as a point of departure, some pages examine the British idea of 'Empire' and the colonial enterprise in a selected range of 19th-century authors and their work others consider 20th-century texts, in an attempt to understand how imperialism affected literary texts produced in Britain's former colonies."
  • Links to Native American languages, art, documents, speeches, quotes, prayers, poetry, stories, and more.
  • Numerous online novels and stories maintained by the University of Maryland.
  • This site features an extensive collection of links related to postcolonialism.
  • An online index to plays in collections, anthologies & periodicals, devised at the Portland State Univ. Library. The database includes works from the late 19th Century through 1999.
  • "The bibliography contains 30.100 titles of academic literature and 3.100 abstracts see abstracts of the years 1998-1999.It focuses on modern sign language research. Beyond that, the bibliography records text related to Deaf culture, sign language interpreting as well as education of the deaf. The bibliography does not only refer to monographic books and readers, but also to articles in readers and journals. Being an adequate medium in sign language research, videos as well as digital media are also recorded."
  • The goal of ICDL is to create a digital library of more than 10,000 books in at least 100 languages that is freely available to children, teachers, librarians, parents, and scholars throughout the world via the Internet.
  • The IGA (founded in 1991) has developed this site to provide a wide and up-to-date range of helpful information on the study of the Gothic. One of the Association's main goals is to disseminate information and research/teaching prospects on theGothic as widely and usefully as possible. Contains an excellent list of Gothic web links.
  • "Each year, thousands of children, young adults, teachers, and librarians around the United States select their favorite recently published books to be included in the Choices annotated booklists. Published annually by the International Reading Association, Childrens Choices, Teachers Choices, and Young Adults Choices booklists are used in classrooms,libraries, and homes to help young people find books they will enjoy reading." This site features these lists back to 1998.
  • Select from a list of over 400 works of classical literature, mainly Greco-Roman (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.Search by work and author, as well as from the entire archive.
  • This site is a joint project by the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, and Oxford, conducted under the auspices of the eLib (Electronic Libraries)Programme. Its' aim is to digitize substantial runs of 18th and 19th century journals. The core collection for the project are runs of at least 20 consecutive years of: Gentleman's Magazine, The Annual Register, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Notes and Queries, The Builder, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine.
  • The IPL Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.
  • Publishes peer-reviewed editions of early Shakespearean texts. The site also contains an excellent online textbook, Shakespeare's Life and Times by Michael Best, developing sections on Shakespeare in performance, supporting reference materials, and a good page of links to diverse Shakespeare and Renaissance sites.
  • This site is "an effort to catalog works of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. It links together various types of bibliographic data: author bibliographies, publication bibliographies, award listings, magazinecontent listings, anthology and collection content listings, yearly fiction indexes, and forthcoming books."
  • An archive of Italian literary, theatrical, and religious works which allows users to work interactively with the online texts.
  • Brief essays on literary theorys and trends, references for further reading, and suggested websites.
  • Links in the categories of Mythology, Folklore, Drama, Literature, History, Language and others.
  • This project connects to the concordances of ten plays which can be searched, counted, and printed.
  • This website presents "a text and image archive containing several Englishversions of the fairy tale. The Jacks 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. The materials were drawn from the de Grummond Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi."
  • A quarterly review from Australia of new writing, with poetry, creative prose, interviews, reviews, and informative feature articles.
  • Stanford University website contains overviews of Derrida and deconstruction, and includes a bibliography, excerpts, and links to interviews.

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