Below are reviews of indexes of literature that are general in their focus.
- Descriptions at Yahoo's Literature
pages, Yahoo's indices of literary materials are cryptic and short. Among the categories that Yahoo currently
tracks (and it keeps adding new ones!) are: Authors,
Countries, Cultures, and Groups,
Criticism and Theory,
- "The English Server co-operative, managed by graduate students, faculty
and staff in the English Department at Carnegie-Mellon
University" is one of the oldest and most extensive collections of electronic resources for those interested in literature.
and English Literature Internet Resources, compiled by Winnie Shyam
of the Buley Library, is both an eclectic and useful listing of resources.
- English Network Resources is a reasonably comprehensive index of literary resources.
- The Names Index is an extensive and well-laid out attempt to index all the different authors sites that fans have developed. The Index can take a long time to load due to the length of the pages.
Doing Literary Research:
While there's some blurring between this category and the one above, the resources below assume an audience more concerned with scholarly research in literature than with a general interest.
- Jack Lynch's Literary Resources on the Net which points to "sites on
the Internet dealing with English and American literature, excluding single
electronic texts, and is limited to collections of information useful to
literary critics" is easily the most complete and logically organized attempt to fully categorize all scholarly literary resources. Literary Resources on the Net is grouped into
sixteen main categories; Classical & Biblical, Medieval, Renaissance, Eighteenth-Century, Romantic, Victorian British, Twentieth-Century British and Irish, American, Theatre and Drama, Theory, Women's Literature & Feminism, Ethnic Nationalities, Other National Literatures, Bibliography & History of the Book, Hypertext, and Miscellaneous. Unfortunately, there's not much description of indexed sites; the format here is mainly of a list. However, the entire resources list is search able.
English Literature section of Voice of the Shuttle, an index for
the Humanities maintained by Alan Liu, a Professor of English at the University
of California, Santa Barbara is a great place to begin research from. Resources are organized by academic specialties, primarily literary periods. The major categories indexed are Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance, 17th Century, Restoration , 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, Modern, Contemporary, Minority, American and Other languages in English.
Mailing Lists at the University of Pennsylvania maintains subscription instructions for most literary mailing
lists on the Net. In addition, Bookwire also keeps a good Mailing List Index where you can learn how to subscribe to mailing lists containing literary discussion.
- The Call For Papers archive, also at Penn, indexes recent calls for scholarly papers by journals and conferences. You can also join the related mailing-list if you'd like.
English Departments and Literary Institutes:
The following are ranked in order of decreasing comprehensiveness.
- Tom Goldpaugh's English and Humanities Departments Online, kept at Marist University, is an annotated list of most online English departments of the U.S. and Canada. Annotations are brief, generally no more than a few sentences or so. The list is split into two pages: A - O and P - Z.
- A massive list of English
Departments WorldWide, over 300 English Department Homepages, "ranging from the dull to inspired and from almost empty to extraordinarily full" is maintained by David Hoover at New York University. Entries are not annotated but are listed alphabetically.
- The alphabetically listed 100 English Department
Home Pages at Rutgers University includes "the home pages
of "major" departments at private universities, a representation of smaller liberal arts colleges with a strong tradition of literary study, and the main campuses of state universities." Included are departments that haven't yet done the cyberspace shuffle.
- A good number of the English Departments on the Net are also listed here at Voice of the
Shuttle's Listing of English Departments. Voice of the Shuttle's listings are not restricted to English departments within the United States and includes a few European and Asian sites. Lists are the rule here.
- Yahoo's List of Literary Institutes is simply a list of a number of English Departments and literary institutes, arranged in alphabetical order. Brief descriptions are occasionally included, apparently at the whim of the person who submitted the URL to Yahoo.
- Finally, American
Universities is a Listing of all of the American Universities on the Web that is regularly updated. If you don't find the English department listed in the above indexes, and it's not here either, then chances are that the institution it's associated with has not gone online yet.
- Other institutes of interest to those investigating the study of literature include the Institute of Advanced Technology in the Humanities.
Archives of Electronic Texts:
Indexes of texts come first followed by some of the more important collections.
- Alex: A Catalog of Electronic Texts on the
Internet that indexed about 2000 entries "was an informal research project whose purpose was to explore the possibilities of creating
catalogs of Internet-based electronic texts." Unfortunately, due to funding difficulties, it's no longer being maintained.
- The Public Online Texts collection at the Reading Room of the Internet Public Library contains "over 3700 titles that can be
browsed by author, by title, or by Dewey Subject Classification" as well as by keyword.
- By its own admission, Books On-line indexes more than 2500 electronic works in English. In addition, this main page contains a list of the most important repositories of online texts, both in English and in other languages.
- The Reading Room at Bookwire indexes a significant number of electronic texts and provides links to related resources.
- Electronic Texts is an index of the major locations of electronic texts maintained by Jack Lynch as part of his Literary Resources pages. The listing, however, is seldom updated.
- The English Collection of the
Electronic Text Center at the University
of Virginia offers an ongoing and exhaustive digitizing of a
number of public-domain electronic texts. Many of these texts are available for viewing by visitors though a number are restricted to students, faculty, and staff at the University. If you're looking to see if you can grab an electronic version of a public-domain text, then this is the place to visit first. Texts are organized by author.
- Highlights of The Tech Archive at MIT include The Internet Classics Archive, a searchable archive of 375 classical Greek
and Roman texts (in English translation), and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
- The main focus of Columbia
University's Project Bartleby is poetry. The collection includes electronic copies of the work of many major English poets.
Books and Presses:
The following are organized in order of decreasing comprehensiveness.
- Bookwire bills itself as "the first place to Look for Book Information on the World Wide Web." Among its many features are a Main index that includes categorized listings for booksellers, publishers, libraries and other resources. The entire site is searchable. There's also a Best Bet's section.
- Wired's Books Index is a reasonably good list, which has the added advantage of allowing you to search a number of book-related databases, including The Library Of Congress. This page also includes links to the major online booksellers, Amazon.Com and Barnes & Noble.
- Interloc claims to have a searchable index of over 3 million used and rare books for purchase. If you're trying to track down an out-of-print text, this is the place to go.
- Acqweb, a resource for librarians looking for help in making purchases, also keeps a very extensive and full list of publishers around the world, commercial, academic, and specialty.
- The Association of American University Presses's site at Princeton University maintains an index of recent scholarly publications that can be easily browsed by visitors. A copy of the index can be found at the University of Chicago.
Composition, Rhetoric and Writing:
The below are resources of interest both to instructors of writing and to students and others interested in brushing up their writing and language skills.
The Teaching of Literature:
Below are resources that should be helpful for teachers of literature at all grade levels, though most resources are college-based.
- A number of English courses are indexed by the English Division of The
World Lecture Hall: English at the University of Texas, Austin which is attempting to collate all electronic syllabi in literature. Short descriptions are given of each class that indicate subject, and the degree of its investment in the Web. This index is regularly updated.
- Literature Course Syllabi at the University of Pennsylvania, the site of an excellent English department web-site, keeps track of
the ever-expanding number of hypertext literature course syllabi. However, he only
keeps track of syllabi that use hypertext in a "significant way"; he insists that the syllabi "make real use of the web." Unfortunately, this list is neither long nor regularly updated.
American Literature is maintained by Randy Bass, and functions
as material to aid in teaching from the Heath Anthology of American Literature and also as an archive to the T-AMLIT mailing list. As a result, it
has a strong multiculturalist bent. In addition, it's not very deep in the number of materials included.