English and American Literature subject guide


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General / all periods

Collection Description
Academic Library Over 500 titles including politics, culture and media
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts American and English literature, plus western philosophy
Bibliomania A selection of classics in literature, plus fiction, poetry, drama, short stories and a selection of online reference works. Enhanced access available to those who register (access to study guides, book summaries, author biographies and more)
Cambridge Companions Online E-book service that includes access to Cambridge Companions in Literature and Classics
Cambridge Histories Online Over 300 cross-searchable authoritative volumes on a wide range of historical subject areas, including Literary Studies
Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot: The Critical Edition The collected, uncollected, and unpublished prose of T.S. Eliot
Literature Compass Collection of full text review articles plus links to other resources for all areas of English literature
Literature Online 350,000 literary texts together with over 200 full text journals, author biographies and other critical and reference resources
New Bartleby Library (aka Project Bartleby Archive) Freely available electronic reference works (classic cookery books, Gray's Anatomy, Roget's Thesaurus, etc.), verse works, fiction, and non-fiction, e-books or anthologies. Includes the complete 70 volumes of the Harvard Classics series, the Oxford Shakespeare, and many others
On-Line Books Page A directory of online texts on the internet, compiled, hosted and managed by the University of Pennsylvania Library. Try thesearch screen, or browse the listings
Orlando Women's writing in the British Isles from 612 BC - authors' lives, writing careers, etc
Oxford Handbooks Online: Literature A thorough introduction to literary topics, delivered via specially commissioned essays with extensive referencing to further reading
Oxford Text Archive Under the banner of the Arts & Humanities Data Service (AHDS), this project enables organisations to deposit electronic versions (plain text ascii layout) of (mainly out-of copyright) texts in literature, languages, and linguistics (including manuscripts)
Representative Poetry Online Includes thousands of English poems by 500 poets from Cædmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today

Specific periods

Collection Description
Caxton's Chaucer British Library digitisation of the Caxton imprint of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Defining Gender, 1450-1910(from Adam Matthew) British source materials for the study of gender, leisure and consumer culture
Early English Books Online (EEBO) Provides access to the full text of 125,000 books, covering works in the following collections:
  • Pollard & Redgrave's short-title catalogue 1475-1640
  • Wing's short-title catalogue 1641-1700
  • Thomason Tracts 1640-61
  • Early English Tract supplement
Historical Texts (formerly JISC Historic Books) Cross-search over 400,000 historical books from:
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
  • 19th Century books from the British Library collection
Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700 Produced with the Perdita Project based at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University with the aim of identifying and describing all manner of writing by early modern women from diaries to works of drama. They cover works of poetry, religious writing, autobiographical material, cookery and medical recipes, and accounts.
State Papers Online Part I: The Tudors (Henry VIII to Elizabeth I), 1509-1603: State Papers Domestic
The Grand Tour Collection of historical resources including manuscripts, from 1550 to 1850
The Cambridge Edition of the works of Ben Jonson online Collection of Ben Jonson's writings, as well as a body of essays and archives for full study of his life and performance history
India, Raj and Empire Based on manuscript collections of National Library of Scotland, material covers history of South Asia from 1615 to 1947
Studies in Imperialism (from Manchester Hive) Over 150 e-books, edited and authored by leading figures in the field and published by Manchester University Press; covers topics in propaganda, social control and migration, power and identity.
British Periodicals(from ProQuest) Access to Collections 1-4: searchable full text of 500 periodicals from the late 17th to the early 20th century, including major popular titles from the 20th century
Eighteenth Century Journals Portal Portal to newspapers and periodicals c1685-1815, covering all aspects of 18th-century social, political and literary life
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Full text of over 150,000 items published between 1701 and 1800, including all significant English language and foreign titles published in the UK and a substantial number from North America
The American West A collection of manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material on the story of the American West
Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) Access to these primary source collections:
  • British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture
  • European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection
19th Century UK Periodicals Series 1: New readerships. Note: it is not possible to link directly to individual titles within this collection
Victorian Popular Culture Portal for the study of popular entertainment in the 19th and early 20th centuries, divided into 4 sections:
  • Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic
  • Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks
  • Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment
  • Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema
Letters of Charles Dickens - from InteLex Past Masters Covering 1820-1870
Twentieth-Century American Poetry, Second Edition(from Chadwyck-Healey) Over 100,000 poems representing the full range of American poetry of the last century
Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project Digital archive of Samuel Beckett's manuscripts, set to grow to 26 modules

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Last Updated: 21/08/2019