A Bibliography of Literary Theory, Criticism and Philology - A bibliography of literary studies, criticism and philology. It consists of 5,000 text files listing over 250,000 items (books, book chapters, articles, films, websites, etc.), with a main focus on English-speaking authors and criticism or literary theory written in English, although there are many listings on linguistics, cultural studies, discourse analysis, and other philological subjects.
American Novel Since 1945 - Free Open Yale online course that traces the formal and thematic developments of the novel in this period, focusing on the relationship between writers and readers, the conditions of publishing, innovations in the novel's form, fiction's engagement with history, and the changing place of literature in American culture. The reading list includes works by Richard Wright, Flannery O'Connor, Vladimir Nabokov, Jack Kerouac, J. D. Salinger, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, Cormac McCarthy, Philip Roth and Edward P. Jones. The course concludes with a contemporary novel chosen by the students in the class.
Arcade - A digital salon publishing a broad range of the most exciting research in the humanities, from the accessible to the esoteric, across languages, historical periods, and generations.
Booknotes - For sixteen years, from 1989 to 2004, Booknotes was C-SPAN's signature author-interview program. Focusing exclusively on contemporary nonfiction books, the Booknotes series created an unparalleled television forum for writers of history, biography, politics, and public affairs. Booknotes format was simple: One author, one book, one hour. For a full hour every Sunday night, fifty-two weeks a year, nonfiction writers were asked to discuss their most recent work. Beyond the book's subject matter, authors were also queried about their research, their writing process, and their own lives and influences. The result is a valuable video resource for authors, researchers, students, readers and educators. 800 interviews from April 1989-December 2004.
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture - Peer-reviewed, full-text, and open-access online learned journal in the humanities and social sciences, publishes new scholarship following tenets of the discipline of comparative literature and the field of cultural studies designated as "comparative cultural studies."
Cyberspace, Hypertext, and Critical Theory - Cyberspace primarily deals with the virtual interactions that are possible by using networked computers. Critical Theory analysizes how these interactions effect communication, discourse, and the development of ideas.
Hassan, Ihab - Writer, critic, eduactor. His major works of criticism that engage the idea of the postemodern - The Dismemberment of Orpheus, Paracriticisms, The Right Promethean Fire, The Postmodern Turn, and many essays - have had an enormous impact on literary culture and theory. The following table is taken from a part of The Dismemberment of Orpheus that was reprinted in Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology (1998). It has helped many students understand the differences, both concrete and abstract, between modernism and postmodernism.
Hugh Kenner Papers - Correspondence, offprints, clippings, typescripts, galley proofs, photographs, tearsheets, drawings, computer printouts and program sheets, holograph notes and drafts, notebooks, and academic papers document Hugh Kenner's career as critic, scholar, and educator from 1943 to 1994.
ipl2 Literary Criticism Collection - Directory of critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.
John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, The - The Guide consists of 226 alphabetically arranged entries on individual critics and theorists, critical and theoretical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. Without a subscription, only limited access is provided.
LitLine (Illinois Arts Council) - Consists of noncommercial literary presses and magazines, literary centers, writers conferences and festivals, writers who publish with noncommercial literary presses and magazines, service organizations which support the community, and independent bookstores which are the chief purveyors of noncommercial press books.
Journals - A comprehensive list of literary journals with an online presence, from Agni to ZYZZYVA. We pride ourselves on having the most extensive and refined yet avant-garde collection of such links on the web.
Organizations - A listing of organizations doing their part to keep independent literature alive. Includes conferences, events, distributors and literary centers.
Presses - Small press publishers on the web - places to find independently published literature from novels to chapbooks, from the postmodern to more traditional flavors.
Modern American Poetry (MAPS) - A living, breathing conversation between hundreds of poets, scholars, and readers, constantly growing and presented in an eminently clear and usable way. Extraordinary in its depth and breadth, and a one-of-a-kind resource for teaching modern American poetry, MAPS provides a single clearinghouse for some of the best criticism on the best poets of our time.
Novelguide - Novel resource guide and literary analysis.
William Empson - Empson was an English literary critic and poet, widely influential for his practice of closely reading literary works, fundamental to New Criticism. His best-known work is his first, Seven Types of Ambiguity, published in 1930. Wikipedia backgrounder.
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