Literature

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The English Subject Centre – part of the Higher Education Academy and supports the teaching of English literature, language and creative writing in UK Higher Education.

The Internet for English – helps you evaluate online resources, and provides ideas about using websites in study and research.

Geoffrey Chaucer: The Electronic Canterbury Tales

English literature on the web – links assembled by Mitsu Matsuoka at Nagoya University, Japan.

Eighteenth-century e-texts maintained by Jack Lynch of Rutgers University which includes links to most of the electronic editions of eighteenth-century works publicly available on the internet.

Eighteenth-century resources – links assembled by Roxanne Kent-Drury at Northern Kentucky University.

The Corvey Project at Sheffield Hallam University is researching the holdings of the Corvey Library (Höxter, Germany) which holds an extensive collection of writings from the romantic era, including a rare collection of popular fiction between 1798 and 1834. The site also features Corvey Women Writers on the Web, a database of women writing from the late eighteenth to the early nineteenth centuries.

Links of interest for Early Modern English studies – provided by Renascence Editions.

Representative poetry online – from the University of Toronto.

William Blake Archive – a comprehensive collection of books, drawings, paintings, and texts.

Poetry Archive – an online collection of poets reading their own work. It includes both contemporary English-language poets, and poets from the past. The website includes resources for teachers, students and an archive of children’s poetry.

David Purdue’s Charles Dickens page gives useful and up-to-dates links to all kinds of Dickens related resources, including excerpts from the works and Dickens in the news.

The Walter Scott Digital Archive is an Edinburgh University Library online resource designed around the extensive Corson Collection of Walter Scott material held in Special Collections.

Introduction to Modern Literary Theory aims to introduce undergraduates to key terms and ideas of major literary theories. The theories are described briefly and further references are given to secondary readings and links to relevant sites.

A largely complete collection of the surviving shows from the 1938 American radio drama show, The Mercury Theatre on the Air, produced by Orson Welles and John Houseman, including the infamous broadcast of H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds.

Poets.org from the Academy of American Poets – offers an extensive range of audio files of poetry readings, indexed by author and title. Featured poets include W.H. Auden, e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Robert Graves, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens and W.B. Yeats.

Stagework – educational resources from the Royal National Theatre.

Crimeculture is dedicated to the academic study of crime in literature, film and popular culture. The site contains 8 sections including articles, an extensive bibliography, and reading lists.

The Cyberspace, Hypertext and Critical Theory Web

Romantic Natural History aims to survey relationships between literature and natural history in the century before the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Natural Species (1859). It takes account of landmark scientific developments and the interplay between science and mythology, examining the impact of particular scientists on the imaginations of writers such as Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, John Keats and William Wordsworth.

Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net is an international refereed electronic journal devoted to British Romantic and Victorian studies.

The Thomas Gray archive (Oxford University).

Undergraduate Victorian Studies Online Teaching Anthology (UVSOTA) is a digital archive for Victorian Studies that draws upon the University of Minnesota Libraries’ collection of Victorian periodicals as well as other primary sources from the era.

The Victorian Web provides a comprehensive general overview of nineteenth century British history and literature covering a variety of topics.

Records of Early English Drama (REED) is an international scholarly project for the study of drama, music and other forms of entertainment and ceremony in England from the Middle Ages until the closure of the London theatres by Puritans in 1642.

Shakespeare’s Globe is the website of this famous theatre on London’s South Bank. It holds information about the performance, education and exhibition activities of the Globe. The emphasis is on Shakespeare’s life, times and work.

The Folger Shakespeare Library.

TheatreHistory.com features information about a wide range of theatrical traditions, including contemporary, ancient Greek, Roman and medieval. Topics include biographies of key figures in the history of drama, synopses of plays and contextual studies about relationships between drama and society. The site also offers an online script archive.

Kay E. Vandergrift’s Special Interest Page brings together useful information for anyone interested in literature for children and young adults. The website covers such topics as the history of children’s literature and illustration, and contains tools for engaging children in reading.

National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature, based at the University of Surrey Roehampton, was founded to encourage research and discussion in the field of children’s literature.

Science Fiction Citations is an Oxford English Dictionary (OED) project. It aims to include all words that are frequently used in science fiction, and attempts to find the earliest example of every sense of every word listed.

SF Hub for Science Fiction Research provides various resources likely to be of interest to those researching science fiction, including an online catalogue of the archives held at the Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool.

BBC Radio 4 Arts and Drama – a website designed to accompany BBC Radio 4 coverage of the arts and drama. It contains detailed programme listings as well as a ‘listen again’ facility.

Modern American Poetry– a comprehensive learning environment and scholarly forum for the study of modern American poetry.

National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) supports the development of creative writing of all genres in all educational settings throughout the UK. Its website contains details of events, courses, learning resources and funding opportunities.

The Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research (CTWR) at Lancaster University promotes the generation and comparative study of creative writing across cultures.

Donna Campbell’s American Authors site is a valuable resource and a useful jumping off point for other websites.