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English Literature information resources: Additional resources

Literary criticism

Literary Criticism Online
An extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors.

Gale's Literary Index
A master index to the major literature products published by Gale. Combines and cross-references 141,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and listings for 184,000 titles from 114 Gale literature resources, including Charles Scribner's Sons, St. James Press, and Twayne Publishers.

The Johns Hopkins guide to literary theory & criticism [print]

Key concepts in literary theory [print]

You can search for literary criticism about a particular author or work by using the Library Catalogue Advanced search. Search "criticism and interpretation" as a SUBJECT on the first line, and search the title of the work or the author's last name as ANY FIELD on the second line (e.g. SUBJECT: "criticism and interpretation" AND ANY FIELD: Milton).

Primary resources

There are many databases that provide access to primary sources from various places, time periods and about specific topics. Consult the Primary Sources Guide for general recommendations on which databases to use for your area of research.

Associations and organizations



Voice of the Shuttle
Offers a wide range of links to scholarly resources in the humanities, its English literature section contains links to general English literature resources, departments, literary periods, minority and other literatures in English, authors, genres, theory, and cultural studies.  Maintained by the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Ebook collections


The Labyrinth : Resources for Medieval Studies.
Over 50 classified headings at three levels. Some links lead to restricted text collections and may prove frustrating.

ORB: The On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Fordham University. Chief purpose is to provide or link to etexts. Section for full text includes a subsection for Literary Texts. Other features of interest: a guide to 200 films and new translations

Additional Sources for Medieval England


Interactive EMLS
Associated with the journal Early Modern Literary Studies and focusing on the 15th-17th centuries.

Sixteenth Century Renaissance English Literature: Background Information

Eighteenth century

Eighteenth-Century Resources
Rutgers University. Covers Milton through Keats.

Eighteenth Century Studies
"This collection archives works of the eighteenth century from the perspectives of literary and cultural studies. Novels, plays, memoirs, treatises and poems of the period are kept here...along with modern criticism." Now part of the EServer based at the University of Washington.


Romantic Chronology
A chronology of 1642-1851, including literary, social and political events in Britain and France.

Romantic Circles
Resources grouped under seven main headings. Perhaps the most significant feature is the Electronic Editions.

British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832
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).

NINES Project
A scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first.  Allows you to search journal articles, scholarly projects, online archives and other material devoted to the nineteenth century.


Victoria Research Web.
Associated with the Victoria electronic discussion list. Coverage includes archives, libraries, journals, discussion lists, and other web resources.

Victorian Web Sites.
Mitsuharu Matsuoka / Nagoya University. An A-Z list of almost 300 websites.

The Victorian Web
Contains a great deal of material on Victorian literature, history and society.

Victorian Studies Bibliography
Lists important articles, books and reviews dealing with the Victorian period. The bibliography is connected to the journal Victorian Studies at the University of Indiana.

NINES Project
A scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first.  Allows you to search journal articles, scholarly projects, online archives and other material devoted to the nineteenth century.

Reviews new books on English and American literature of the nineteenth century (within 90 days of publication).


The Literary Gothic


Literary Resources -- American Jack Lynch / Rutgers University

Early American Fiction Collection
Digitized volumes of early American fiction dating from 1789-1875. The texts chosen for the project include first printings of works by well-known authors such as James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, as well as more obscure authors like Rufus Dawes and Hannah Webster Foster. [University of Virginia Library]

Useful Resources in American Literature and Culture -- produced by Columbia University.


Library and Archives Canada - Literature

Contemporary literature

Bohemian Ink
An online review of the history and future of experimental literature.

Electronic Poetry Centre
From SUNY Buffalo

An independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts.


Forest of Rhetoric
This award-winning online rhetoric site is provided by Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University and is a guide to the terms of classical and renaissance rhetoric.

Postcolonial studies

Contemporary Postcolonial and Postimperial Studies

Postcolonial Studies

Books Arts Web
A very comprehensive resource; everything from preservation to online exhibitions.

Alcuin Society
Vancouver-based association of people "who care about the past, present and future of books."

Creative writing

Canadian Writing Contests

Litline for the Independent Literary Community

Online Guide to Publishers in Canada