African American Literature Book Club - Widely recognized source of author profiles, book recommendations, on-line discussion boards, writer's resources, articles, and critical reviews of books written by and about African Americans.
Alliance of Literary Societies - A membership of more than 90 societies and is thus able to provide support and advice on a variety of subjects as well as promoting co-operation between member societies in the preparation of their programmes.
American Novel, The - PBS site offering a comprehensive exploration of 200 years of the American novel, including in-depth information on more than 50 American novels and authors, along with the literary movements they inspired.
Book TV - Each weekend, Book TV features 48 hours of nonfiction books from 8am Saturday to 8am Monday. This site enhances information on those books and provides an opportunity to watch or listen to programs you might have missed.
BookFinder.com Report - Presents a measure of the most sought after out of print titles in America. BookFinder.com has been online since 1997, enabling individuals, libraries, and book dealers to track down and purchase books, new or used, in or out of print, rare or readily available.
BookSpot - Book reviews, book awards, poetry, literary criticism, authors and more.
Booksurfer - Weblog covering books and related Internet resources.
Bookwire - Book industry news, features, reviews, guides to literary events, author interviews, thousands of annotated links to book-related sites, and more.
Caedmon - Publisher of classic and contemporary audio books, presents distinguished recordings of the greatest literary minds in high-quality editions of enduring value. Building on the legacy begun in 1952, Caedmon continues to preserve important fiction, poetry, and drama, and is the home for essential recordings of Dylan Thomas, C. S. Lewis, Zora Neale Hurston, Arthur Miller, James Joyce, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.
Center for the Book - A unique program at the University of Iowa that conjoins training in the technique and artistry of bookmaking with research into the history and culture of books.
Classical Association - Supports classics in local areas through school reading competitions, play readings and outings to places of classical interest. Provides conference bursaries and often contribute to major academic projects. The Classical Association is the largest classical organisation in Great Britain. It has a worldwide membership, and unites the interests of all who value the study of the languages, literature and civilisation of ancient Greece and Rome.
Committee on Social Thought (University of Chicago) - Founded in 1941 by the historian John U. Nef, the economist Frank Knight, the anthropologist Robert Redfield, and Robert M. Hutchins, then President of the university. Their premises were that the serious study of any academic topic, or of any philosophical or literary work, is best prepared for by a wide and deep acquaintance with the fundamental issues presupposed in all such studies, that students should learn about these issues by acquainting themselves with a select number of classic ancient and modern texts in an inter-disciplinary atmosphere, and should only then concentrate on a specific dissertation topic. Over the years, temporary and permanent members of the Committee have included Hannah Arendt, Saul Bellow, Allan Bloom, John Coetzee, Mircea Eliade, T.S. Eliot, François Furet, David Grene, Friederich Hayek, Leszek Kolakowski, Edward Levi, Paul Ricoeur, Charles Rosen, Harold Rosenberg, Edward Shils, Mark Strand, Karl J. Weintraub, and many others. In their first few years of study, students select twelve to fifteen fundamental books that best inform the context and background of the issues they want to write about, read and study these books in discussion groups, tutorials, seminars, and independently, and take the week-long Fundamental Examination on their books before proceeding to write the dissertation. Upon completion of the dissertation, in lieu of an oral defense, he or she presents a public lecture on an aspect of their research of general interest to the scholarly community.
Contemporary Writers in the UK - This unique, searchable database contains up-to-date profiles of some of the UK and Commonwealth's most important living writers - their biographies, bibliographies, critical reviews, prizes and photographs. You can search these profiles by author, genre, nationality, gender, publisher, book title, date of publication and prize name and date. Also included are writers from the Republic of Ireland that the British Council has worked with.
Discovering Literature: Shakespeare and Renaissance Writers - Explore the works of Shakespeare and Renaissance writers in relation to the social, political and cultural context in which they were written, and investigate the ways in which these works have been interpreted over the last four centuries.
FictionDB - Comprehensive, searchable database of genre fiction authors and titles: romance, mystery, suspense, speculative, western.
Gale's Literary Index - A master index to the major literature series published by The Gale Group. It combines and cross references more than 130,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and more than 140,000 titles into one source.
Google Book Search - Search the full text of books and discover new ones. Click a book title and you'll see basic information about the book. You may also see a few snippets of text from the book showing your search term in context. If the publisher or author has given Google permission then you'll see a few full pages from the book and if the book is out of copyright, you'll be able to page through the entire book.
GradeSaver - Free novel guides with full summaries and analysis written and compiled by Harvard essayists.
Grolier Club, The - Fosters the study, collecting, and appreciation of books and works on paper, their art, history, production, and commerce.
Librarie, The - Andre Breton, James Joyce, Friedrich Nietzsche, Samuel Beckett, Marcel Proust, Frederick Rolfe, Djuna Barnes, Friedrich Schiller, Jean Cocteau, Hilda Doolittle, Carl Jung, Charles Baudelaire, Stephane Mallarme, Maurice Blanchot, Denise Levertov, biography, bibliography, excerpts,literature, philosophy, fiction, Existentialism, stream-of-consciousness, Symbolism, Romanticism, Idealism, Decadence, Modernism, experimental, avante-garde, Surrealism, Belle-Lettres, writing, French, English, American, German, Irish.
Literary Web, The - A hypermedia guide to literary resources available on the World Wide Web for readers of fiction and poetry, those who write it, and those who teach it.
LiteraryCritic - Bibliographic information, articles, reading lists, and annotations.
Literature Compass - Publishes peer-reviewed articles on the most important literary research and current thinking from across the entire discipline. Also see excellent Links page to major literary online resources.
LitLine - A site devoted to 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. E.g.:
Luminarium - A comprehensive anthology and guide to English literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Seventeenth Century, Restoration and Eighteenth Century.
Modern Word - A large network of literary sites dedicated to exploring twentieth century writers who have pushed the envelope of traditional narrative and structure. This includes many writers associated with Modernism, surrealism, "magical realism," and postmodernism. Our mandate includes both writers who have experimented with prose styles and narrative conventions, such as Joyce, Burroughs, or Pynchon, and those who use literary techniques to frame alternate ways of perceiving reality, such as Borges and Philip K. Dick. Postmodern literature, experimental literature, twentieth century literature, modernism: Paul Joyce, Allen Ruch, Great Quail, Garcia Marquez, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Umberto Eco, Borges, Thomas Pynchon, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Paul Auster, Djuna Barnes, Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, A.S. Byatt, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, Julio Cortazar, Carlos Fuentes, William Gass, Jean Genet, Henry James, Primo Levi, Milan Kundera, Thomas Mann, Toni Morrison, Robert Musil, Vladimir Nabokov, Marcel Proust, Salman Rushdie, Gertrude Stein, Jeanette Winterson, H.P. Lovecraft, John Barth, Donald Barthelme, William Gaddis, John Hawkes, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Nathalie Sarraute, Mario Vargas Llosa, John Coover, Kurt Vonnegut, Mervyn Peake, Anthony Burgess, Octavio Paz, Don DeLillo.
myLITsearch - Search engine probes academic disciplines and publication types, including books, journals, theses, conference presentations/papers - even searching for book chapters.
NameBase Book Index - Extensive bibliographical resources: Academia, Assassinations, Big Business, Cults, Drugs, Elites, High Tech, Intelligence, Media, Military, Nazis, Organized Crime, Repression, Scandals, Terrorism, UFOs, U.S. Foreign Policy, Vietnam War.
Nancy Thuleen - This site collects graduate student Thuleen's essays in German language and literature. Also see her Links page.
Novelguide - Novel resource guide and literary analysis.
OLP and Literary Studies Online - An academic blog run by, and for, scholars who work at the crossroads of ordinary language philosophy (OLP) and literary studies. Look here for news about OLP and literary studies-related publications and events, including CFP's, conferences, lectures, symposia, reviews, articles, and books.
Online Books Page - Directory of books, definitive collections, and serials. Look up online books by their Library of Congress call number category.
Overbooked - Specializes in literary and genre fiction information.
Paperback Revolution - Cover art, articles, and an animated timeline of the 'paperback revolution' 1935-1960.
Perseus Digital Library (aka Perseus Hopper) - A non-profit enterprise, located in the Department of the Classics, Tufts University whose goal is to bring a wide range of source materials to as large an audience as possible, including primary sources for the study of ancient Greece and Rome, early modern English literature, history of London, and much more.
Perspectives in American Literature - A reference guide prepared by Paul P. Reuben, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of English t California State University, Stanislaus.
Spunk Library - Collects and distributes literature in electronic format, with an emphasis on anarchism and related issues.
Stoa - Serving news, projects, and links for digital classicists everywhere.
Teachers & Writers Collaborative - Provides creative writing programs for students and teachers, and by providing a variety of publications and resources to support learning through the literary arts.
Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) - A research center at the University of California, Irvine. Founded in 1972 the TLG has collected and digitized most literary texts written in Greek from Homer to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453. Its goal is to create a comprehensive digital library of Greek literature from antiquity to the present era.
Today in Literature - A calendar of engaging stories about the great books, writers, and events in literary history.
World Literature Website - This site contains materials created and used by Dr. Fidel Fajardo-Acosta in his teaching of world literature texts and authors.
Ardalambion - Comprehensive site re Tolkien's invented languages.
British Armorial Bindings - A comprehensive catalogue of all the coats of arms, crests, and other heraldic devices that have been stamped by British owners on the outer covers of their books, together with the bibliographical sources of the stamps. The catalogue has developed into a multi-faceted online research tool that may be accessed free of charge. Cataloguers in libraries with historical collections, and the retail antiquarian book trade will save themselves much time and effort in establishing the identities of armigerous owners; scholars engaged in questions of provenance, the formation and dispersal of collections, and the movement of books through the book trade, will find a wealth of relevant material at their disposal; and researchers whose interest lies in heraldry and genealogy will also find the database useful.
In Aedibus Aldi: The Legacy of Aldus Manutius and His Press - In his nearly twenty years as a printer, Aldus labored at the press and left to the world a rich legacy of beautiful books and scholarly texts. These books are still admired for their attractive typography, clean lines, and good design as well as their scholarly contributions. Through his publications, Aldus contributed to the survival of many ancient texts and greatly facilitated the diffusion of the values, enthusiasm, and scholarship of the Italian Renaissance across the rest of Europe.
Indigenous Peoples Literature - An archive of cultural material about the indigenous peoples of the world, ranging from literature and music to prayers and history.
Introduction to Postcolonial Studies - The field of postcolonial studies has been gaining prominence since the 1970s. Some would date its rise in the Western academy from the publication of Edward Said's influential critique of Western constructions of the Orient in his 1978 book, Orientalism. The growing currency within the academy of the term "postcolonial" (sometimes hyphenated) was consolidated by the appearance in 1989 of The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures by Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin. Since then, the use of cognate terms "Commonwealth" and "Third World" that were used to describe the literature of Europe's former colonies has become rarer. Although there is considerable debate over the precise parameters of the field and the definition of the term "postcolonial," in a very general sense, it is the study of the interactions between European nations and the societies they colonized in the modern period.
James J. O'Donell - Professor of Classical Studies and Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published widely on the cultural history of the late antique Mediterranean world and is a recognized innovator in the application of networked information technology in higher education. This page offers pointers to a wide variety of web sites that illustrate aspects of his work.
Literature, Arts, & Medicine Database - An annotated bibliography of prose, poetry, film, video and art which was developed to be a dynamic, accessible, comprehensive resource in medical humanities, for use in health/pre-health and liberal arts settings.
Literature for Children - A collection of the treasures of children's literature published largely in the United States and Great Britain from before 1850 to beyond 1950. At the core of this collection are books from the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, housed in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies at the University of Florida.
Simply Scripts - Links to hundreds of free, downloadable scripts, movie scripts, screenplays, and transcripts of current, classic and maybe a few soon-to-be-released movies, television, anime, unproduced and radio shows.
Stoa - Electronic scholarship in the humanities, with a special focus on the ancient world and the classical tradition.
Surrealism Server - Automatic writing, surrealist games, Cadaveric Enigma Engine Generator, the Department of Objects and Delusions, surrealist writing, permanent exhibits, coming shows, and WWW sites.
The Modern World - Modern, postmodern, experimental, and twentieth century literature: Garcia Marquez, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Umberto Eco, Borges, Thomas Pynchon, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Paul Auster, Djuna Barnes, Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, A.S. Byatt, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, Julio Cortazar, Carlos Fuentes, William Gass, Jean Genet, Henry James, Primo Levi, Milan Kundera, Thomas Mann, Toni Morrison, Robert Musil, Vladimir Nabokov, Marcel Proust, Salman Rushdie, Gertrude Stein, Jeanette Winterson, H.P. Lovecraft, John Barth, Donald Barthelme, William Gaddis, John Hawkes, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Nathalie Sarraute, Mario Vargas Llosa, John Coover, Kurt Vonnegut, Mervyn Peake, Anthony Burgess, Octavio Paz, Don DeLillo.
Today in Literature - A calendar of engaging stories about the great books, writers, and events in literary history.
Tolkien Society - International organisation registered in the U.K. to further interest in the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Victorian Web - Literature, history and culture in the Age of Victoria.
Wild Bohemian - Material relating to bohemians in the U.S. during the 20th century.
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