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  • Online resource useful for study of 17th century literature and gender studies.
  • A digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers. Part of the Digital Schomburg, this collection provides access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women as captured in books and pamphlets published prior ro 1920. A selection of published works of fiction, poetry, biography and autobiography, and essays. Keyword searching within each work or throughout the collection. Works featured include Phillis Weatly, Poems the Narrative of Sojourner Truth and Harriet A. Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
  • Provides an annual list of fiction and non-fiction titles which "celebrate the authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers who create and produce feminist books for young readers." Archived from 2002.
  • News, articles, and discussion of visual art and feminist cultural production.
  • An annotated bibliography of books written for girls which reflect the roles considered proper at the time. Titles are drawn from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture. With few exceptions, titles are listed chronologically within the various subject headings. at Duke University.
  • An "online scholarly archive consisting of E-text editions of poetry by British and Irish women written (not necessarily published) between 1789 (the onset of the French Revolution) and 1832 (the passage of the Reform Act), a period traditionally known in English literary history as the Romantic period." Poets include Lucy Aikin, Anna Letitia Aikin Barbauld, Felicia Dorothea Brown Hemans, Mary Robinson, and Charlotte Turner Smith. From the Shields Library, University of California.
  • Works by women writers and an extensive listing of links to biographical and bibliographical information. Browse by author, century, country, or ethnicity.
  • "The Great House and landscape at Chawton which Jane Austen knew well are being restored by a British educational charity, Chawton House Library, to be the future home of the Centre for the Study of Early English Womens Writing (1600-1830) and a unique collection of rare books currently housed in the USA. . . the Collection comprises several literary manuscripts and over 6,200 printed books, published between 1600 and 1830. . . . The Collection is particularly strong in fiction by women from around 1740, an area which attracts considerable international scholarly interest.
  • Features 33 women artists, each represented with a biography and samples of her work.
  • "A moderated E-journal, devoted to women writers, beginning in the 19th century, who wrote domestic fiction."
  • A collection of edited and unedited texts by women writing in English from the seventeenth to the ninteenth century. Prose, poetry, and drama are represented. Many texts deal with women, feminist issues, and the question of women's rights.
  • Finding aid for the archival collection at the Fales Library & Special Collections at New York University.
  • Essays by Rictor Norton which cover The Queer Canon, The Homosexual Pastoral Tradition, Queer Culture, The Great Queens of History, A History of Homoerotica, and A History of Homophobia.
  • "Gender Inn is a searchable database providing access to over 8,400 records pertaining to feminist theory, feminist literary criticism and gender studies focusing on English and American literature."
  • Searchable and browsable encyclopedia. Entries include bibliographies, citation information, and related links.
  • Website of an organization which "builds awareness of women's contributions to musical life through its publications, website, international competitions, conferences and congresses, concert promotion, and presentation, and through its support of entrepreneurial and publishing activities, scholarly research and publications, broadcasts, educations initiatives, and advocacy work."
  • This site "is intended to serve as a place of art and culture for women-oriented women, offering a historical glimpse into lesbian lives and vintage views of affection between women."
  • "It is the mission of the Lambda Literary Foundation to support and further the creation and dissemination of writings by, for, and about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community."
  • Online magazine on early modernism, dealing especially with women in Paris, 1900-1940.
  • "The only international feminist art journal exploring feminist theory and contemporary women's art practices ."
  • International, feminist art journal. Also contains links to numerous other women's art sites.
  • Profiles and works of Jodi Cobb, Karen Kasmauski, Maria Stenzel, Annie Griffiths Belt, and Sisse Brimberg, with audio commentaries.
  • Proivides a calendar of events, artist and period information, details on what's available in the Library and Research Center.
  • Written by Joan M. Jensen of New Mexico State University, the esaay provides a history and an evaluation of the women'swork in reflecting and portraying their culture to their own people and to the larger community and at the same time, making a contribution to the art of photography.
  • Web companion to two exhibits: "Stretching the Canvas: Women Exploring the Arts" and "The Feminist Art Movement, 1970s-1980s."
  • This site provides "links that will take you to passages from over 125 women writers. The entries are on women who produced a substantial amount of work before 1700, some or all of which has been translated into modern English. Each entry will tell you about the print sources from which the translated passages are taken it will also tell you of useful secondary sources and Internet sites, when those are available."
  • This online exhibit "celebrates the important contributions of women in the arts from Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America. The Web exhibit features historical, modern, and contemporary art." In English, Frnch, and Spanish.
  • Planetout.com presents a searchable list of queer films and information about gay film festivals.
  • "Queer Arts Resource is a not-for-profit educational forum for the display and discussion of queer art and culture."
  • Biographies which celebrate the lives of gay and lesbian artists.
  • Overviews of Russian gay literature, history, and films.
  • A browsable, rated lists of science fiction novels or stories with lesbian characters or by lesbian authors.
  • Online resources for teaching American Women's literature through audio dramatizations. Registration (free) required for lesson plans and teaching materials.
  • "Voices From the Gaps is a World Wide Web project that focuses on the lives and works of women writers of color in North America. . . Each author page presents biographical, critical and bibliographical information about the writer as well as images and quotes pertinent to her life and works. Each page includes, in addition, links to other resources on the World Wide Web which contain significant information about that writer."
  • An annual sponsered by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and The National Council of Teachers of English, accessible from volume 1, Fall 1992.
  • More than sixty women artists are represented, arranged by time period.
  • A pathfinder of sources from the Duke University Libraries System.
  • The books and letters in this online exhibition present a cross section of writing by English women in the nineteenth century.
  • 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.
  • "Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women."
  • Directory of texts and related scholarship.
  • A Listing of songs published in the United States and England, ca. 1890-1930.
  • "The Brown University Women Writers Project is a long-term research project devoted to early modern women's writing and electronic text encoding. Our goal is to bring texts by pre-Victorian women writers out of the archive and make them accessible to a wide audience of teachers, students, scholars, and the general reader."
  • An e-journal featuring critical articles, book reviews, interviews, poetry and fiction, and link collections.
  • A "database maintained by the University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian's Office that lists documentary, experimental, and feature film and video productions by and about women. The information has been drawn entirely from distributors' and producers' catalogs and websites, reviews in periodicals, filmographies, reference works, and library catalogs. . ."
  • A membership organization for women working in the visual arts.
  • Includes travel diaries, journals, and other publications. Includes women travellers from and to the United States, as well as selected American and European women travellers to non-Western areas. Searchable.

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