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  • "This online rhetoric, provided by Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University, is a guide to the terms of classical and renaissance rhetoric. Sometimes it is difficult to see the forest (the big picture) of rhetoric because of the trees (the hundreds of Greek and Latin terms naming figures of speech, etc.) within rhetoric.

  • "Sisters in Crime is an international organization of writers, readers, booksellers, librarians, agents, editors, reviewers and teachers interested in promoting the work of women mystery writers."

  • Provides links to relevant online resources.

  • Guide to English literature of the Renaissance, including relevant links.

  • Quarterly online journal of criticism, interviews, and poetry from around the world.

  • Features fiction, poetry, interviews, reviews, art and photography.

  • The Water-Babies online exhibit at the Library of Congress.

  • Site features a hypertext version of "Snow White" which can connect to 36 alternative editions a series of illustrations excerpts on the context of fairy tales and issues in their study selected links and a bibliography.

  • "SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people."

  • An overview of structuralism.

  • Texts (mostly in German) of a collection of works from the middle of the eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century.

  • "Launched in April 2000, to record the voices of South Asian authors for the Library of Congress' Archive of Recorded World Literature, the project has captured the readings of prominent South Asian poets, novelists, and playwrights. The authors recorded so far represent more than fifteen of the languages of India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh."

  • "A collection of European travel accounts of pre-modern Southeast Asia from Cornell University Librarys John M. Echols Collection. The site provides online access to more than 350 books and journal articles written in English and French."

  • A growing, Russian-language database focussing on twentieth-century Russian Literature. Features a bibliographic database of journals from the 1920s, and poetical works from 1900-1955.

  • Three hundred proverbs and sayings, presented alphabetically in Spanish.

  • Sponsered by Rutgers University, this site offers searchable transcribed texts of the March-August 1711 issues off the famous magazine of Addison and Steele.

  • "This site was conceived with a very particular aim: to make the writing of modern Native American authors, particularly the poets, both more visible and more widely available. Toward that end, the sites residing on this server have been made with the collaboration of the authors. The authors see the sites before they are made public, edit these pages, contribute additional material, and select, or at least help to select, their work which is made available to be read online."

  • A hypertext edition.

  • Subversion is an interactive community and online magazine for readers of romance novels.

  • Quarterly online literary journal of short stories and essays, based in New York.

  • Interviews with horror authors, and a number of relevant articles with bibliographies.

  • Site dedicated to crime, mystery, and fantastic fiction. Features bibliographies, reviews, author profiles, in addition to News, Views, Events, Interviews, Awards.

  • An electronic publication of independent, underground, and experimental language-centered arts.

  • " The goal of the TEAMS Middle English text series is to make available to teachers and students texts which occupy an important place in the literary and cultural canon but which have not been readily available in student editions." Contains the full texts of numerous lyrics, poems, and tales, including notes, translations, and an introduction.

  • This colelction "is comprised of well over 25,000 pulp-fiction books and magazines. The earliest date from the 1940s. The Collection contains hundreds of paperbacks from this period, and thousands from the 1950s and 1960s. Many of these never appeared in hardcover. The remainder are paperback originals published in the 1970s and 1980s. Detective and mystery stories make up the largest part of the Collection, followed by science fiction paperbacks and magazines." From Special Collections, University Libraries, University at Buffalo.

  • This site from the Universitat Innsbruck in Austria contains a database with records of more than 6,000 German historical novels. In German or English.

  • Contains 400 classical Greek and Latin texts with commentary.

  • 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.

  • Website features current reviews, special features, and a searchable database from 1980.

  • Over 1500 books online

  • A rapidly expanding Digital Library from Tufts with a plentiful collection of Greek playtexts and other classical resources. The site also contains full-text versions of Christopher Marlowe's work, an edition of Shakespeare's First Folio, and source material on the history and founding of London. Atlases identify places mentioned in the collection of online texts.

  • The oldest quotation site on the Web, The Quotations Page offers over 25,000 quotations, an author and subject index, as well as a number of different features, including: a search function, a "word of the day", and book reviews.

  • Offers a mixture of book reviews, author interviews, fiction excerpts, reading lists and many other science fiction resources.

  • Offshoot of McSweeney's, the quarterly print publication. Browsable archive going back to 1998.

  • A research tool for Shakespeare studies in the United Kingdom.

  • A quasi-monthly electronic publication of poetry and poetics, literature, art, and criticism.

  • Alphabetical listings of authors, illustrators, and publishers.

  • Features almost 6000 links to science fiction web resources.

  • This database, a project of the Electronic Text Research Center at the University of Minnesota Libraries, "is a digital archive for Victorian Studies that draws upon the Library's rich collection of Victorian periodicals as well as other primary sources from the era. This digital collection provides crucial background information that complements the web content of other Victorian Text Projects and can function both as a teaching and research tool."

  • An undergraduate site "designed to help you develop strategies for reading and understanding plays, as well as to find ideas and develop them in writing."

  • Provides links to Vergil scholarship on the web.

  • Provides resources about women artists and writers of color. It contains biographical and critical analysis, pedagogical information, and histories of translation.

  • VRW is dedicated to the scholarly study of nineteenth-century Britain, and toaiding researchers, teachers, and students in their investigations of any and all aspects of this fascinating period. VRW is intended to supply a handy set of tips and links to help Victorianists find the practical information they need, whether it's an archive catalogue, a bibliography, a listserv address, a sample syllabus, a place to stay in London, or a journal's submission guidelines.

  • "The Hyper-Concordance displays two pull-down boxes. The user can first choose one of a selection of authors from the box and then one from a list of the author's works. There are four limiting options displayed before searching: case sensitive, non-alphabet character sensitive, head length and tail length. The searcher can also ascertain the book's total word count and vocabulary distribution by searching without a query."

  • Lists "noteworthy publications (including articles, books, and reviews) that have a bearing on the Victorian period. Prepared by the staff of Victorian Studies and a committee of the Victorian Division of the Modern Language Association of America, the Bibliography annually indexes over 400 journals, representing scholarship in a range of disciplines."

  • Literature, history, and culture in the age of Victoria, covering the period 1830-1901.

  • Index of resources related to Victorian literature and culture.

  • Established in 1995,this site contains a variety of work, including poetry, travel accounts, and political tracts.

  • Back issues from October 1998.

  • "A national journal of literature and discussion." More than a decade of back issues available free online.

  • Numerous electronic texts of Polish classical authors in Polish biographical information in English.

  • Extensive portal to literature links in English.

  • Concordances of poetry by Shelley, Coleridge, Keats, Blake, Wordsworth, and Hopkins.

  • Contemporary literary arts site containing selections from chapbooks and literary journals.

  • Links to online grammar pages and language lessons in many languages.

  • Find genre fiction websites, book reviews, booklists and discussion guides. Maintained by the Morton Grove Public Library.

  • A website devoted to the 30-year history of this influential pulp magazine, which published the likes of H. P Lovecraft,Ray Bradbury, Robert Howard, Robert Bloch, Manly Wade Wellman, Donald Wandrei, and even TennesseeWilliams.

  • "A project which aims to link research and teaching by producing scholarly but accessible electronic editions as an on-line learning resource. Its website offers an anthology of edited Middle English lyrics (concentrating particularly on the 'Harley Lyrics'), translations of some longer Middle English works, and background resources for use in teaching."

  • Organization "founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West and Spur Awards for distinguished writing in the western field."

  • Describes the elements of a story, including plot, point of view, characters, setting, and theme, using as an example A Jury of Her Peers, by Susan Glaspell.

  • Wikiquote is a free online compendium of sourced quotations from notable people and creative works in every language, translations of non-English quotes, and links to Wikipedia for further information.

  • A web page created by members of the Fall, 1995 Yale American Studies Seminar, "Wilderness and the American Imagination."

  • A Stanford University website dealing life and work of the German literary theorist.

  • Site devoted to the history of children's book illustrationand the role women played.

  • Chronicles classic lesbian pulp fiction of the 1950s and early 1960s. From the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University.

  • Companion to a course at the University of Evansville features links to interviews and other information concerning a dozen women authors in the field.

  • Bibliography of works by and about women writers of the Middle Ages. Prepared by the Robbins Library at the University of Rochester.

  • An e-journal featuring critical articles, book reviews, interviews, poetry and fiction, and link collections.

  • Provides links to free online language courses and dictionaries.

  • Tne online magazine for international literature.

  • "This is a collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction,1851-1875. There are currently 1752 texts included (1602 unedited, 155 fully edited and encoded) by 845 authors."

  • Interviews with contemporary authors.

  • Pointers to resources in over 50 countries for professionals, amateurs, academics and students. Includes a keyword search. The General Organizations and Resources and Theatre Image Collections Online categories are most helpful.

  • Guide to quality theatre and drama resources on the web. Links to international online journals, museums, theatre companies, and collections of theatre images.

  • All about language.

  • "The purpose of this organization is to promote interest in and knowledge of the eminent American author, Zane Grey and his works to revive interest in the writings of Zane Grey and preserve the sites of his writings so that future generations may realize the contributions made by Zane Grey toward the development of the adventure story in American literature."

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