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Selected Literary Criticism Websites


Anglistik Guide

“Anglistik Guide is a subject gateway to scholarly relevant Internet resources on Anglo-American language and literature.” Searchable by subject or source (i.e. reference works, bibliography, etc)

English Literature on the Web

“An extremely large collection of pointers to material on English literature. Organized by period and by author. Maintained by Mitsuharu Matsuoka at Nagoya University , Japan . No search engine but includes an alphabetical index.”


“Founded in 1990 as the English Server, it provides an alternative niche for work on a range of topics including art, politics, cultural & literary theory and criticism, drama, feminism, film television, etc. It is a member-run cooperative.”

Gothic Literary Websites

Elements of the gothic novel
Excellent introduction to the world of the Gothic novel; includes summary of all the elements that make a novel "gothic".

Literary Gothic
Developed by a professor from Southern Illinois University, "Literary Gothic is a Web guide to all things concerned with literary Gothicism, which includes ghost stories, "classic" Gothic novels and Gothic fiction (1764-1820), and related pre- and post-Gothic and supernaturalist literature written prior to the mid-C20". Includes links to other online resources on the topic plus an Authors link (author background and bio), and Titles link.

Literary Gothicism from Norton Anthology
Overview of the Romantic period of Gothic literature, includes links to other web resources, study questions, and e-texts.

The Gothic: Materials for Study
Browsable by topic (for example, The Female Gothic), this site makes available primary texts of selected authors of the Gothic plus excerpts of secondary texts that provides a critical commentary on the authors and their work.

Gothic Literature Page
"The Gothic Literature Page is intended to provide students and scholars of the Gothic novel access to the growing number of Gothic resources available on the web." Site includes rare Gothic texts from ZITTAW PRESS; critical commentaries, author/work background, academic sources and searchbale Gothic bibliography

Gothic Literature: What the Romantics read
A site where "who read what list" can provide some historical grounding for these investigations"….into what constitutes Gothic literature. Site also features Resources for the study of Gothic Literature and a glossary of Gothic terms.

Resources for the study of Gothic literature
Primary texts and critical resources on Gothic Literature developed by Georgia Southern University. Voice of the shuttle- the gothic From the University of California, Santa Barbara, "emphasizes both primary and secondary (or theoretical) resources, and defines its audience as people who have something to learn from a higher-education, professional approach to the humanities"; links include gothic novels and courses, plus links to other Gothic sites.

The Internet Public Library's Online Literary Criticism Guide

An excellent site with an extensive collection of a variety of online sources divided into topics such as “Best Starting Places” eg. Literary Resources on the Net and Voices of the Shuttle: Web Page for Humanities Research and “Starting Places for Particular Time Periods” eg. Romanticism on the Net and Early Modern Literary Studies.

Librarians' Index to the Internet – Literary Criticism

A mega site that covers all areas of literary criticism ranging from specific author sites such as the Bronte Sisters and Nathaniel Hawthorne to period sites such as Everything Postmodern and Post-Colonial and Post-Imperial Literature plus other topics such as Child Lit and Poetry Portal.*+critic*

Literary Movements

American Literature site with a very extensive listing of author and literary movement (eg. Slave narratives, realism, Puritanism, etc) sites and a timeline of American Literature and events from 1620-1920.

Literary Resources on the Net

This extensive site contains a wide range of literary categories including medieval, renaissance, theory, theater and drama, and much more.

Voice of the Shuttle - Literature

From UC Berkeley, Voice of the Shuttle is a mega site created for humanities research. For Literature, the site provides links to all aspects of this discipline.

Yahoo! Literary Author Listing

An exhaustive listing of literary author websites covering all periods and styles, ranging from Chaucer to Joyce Carol Oates, Melville to Pearl S. Buck.

Reference Guides

An free e-book site with access to many reference, verse, fiction and non-fiction sources, including Bartlett 's Familiar Quotations, American Heritage Book of English Usage, Literary and Philosophical Essays, and Cambridge History of English and American Literature.

Cambridge History of English and American Literature

“Cambridge History contains essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing. The set encompasses a wide selection of writing on orators, humorists, poets, newspaper columnists, religious leaders, economists, Native Americans, song writers, and even non-English writing, such as Yiddish and Creole.”

Norton Anthology of English Literature – Norton Topics Online

Free online version of the anthology which includes essays and overviews of the various periods in English literature which are searchable by category (eg. Middle Ages, 20th Century, Romantic) with summaries, web resources and quizes.

Selected Authors and Literary Periods/Topics

16th Century Renaissance English Literature (1485-1603)

Site explores works of literary giants of the period including Sir Thomas More, Sir Walter Releigh, Christopher Marlowe, and William Shakespeare.

Academy of American Poets

“The academy produces an interactive web site with easy-to-search Find a Poet/Find a Poem icons which lead to brief biographies, samples of work and links to related resources.”

Chaucer Sites

A directory of Chaucer sites that include online discussion groups, critical essays, biography, bibliographies and full electronic texts of Chaucer's works.

Contemporary British and American Literature (Voices of the Shuttle)

Wonderful site divided into categories including general resources, criticisms, journals, listservs, and individual author's works and projects.

Early Modern Literary Studies

Extensive listing of links to a number of sixteenth and seventeenth century resources including literary materials covering Shakespeare, Milton, Dante and other literary sites.

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet

Annotated guide to scholarly Shakespeare resources on the Internet including a Shakespeare Timeline, a section on critical resources or criticisms, life and times, educational sources and “best sites” for Shakespeare.

Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry

“Extraordinary in its depth and breadth, and a one-of-a-kind resource for teaching modern American poetry, (this site) provides a single clearinghouse for some of the best criticism on the best poets of our time”.

Romantics Circle – a scholarly resource

“A scholarly web site devoted to the study of Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, John Keats and their contemporaries and is an excellent scholarly and pedagogical resource.”

Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century American Women Writers

Links to sites that explore the works of various 19th century American Women writers including Harriet Beecher Stowe and Emily Dickinson.

Victorian Women Writers Project

Searchable collection of works by British women writers of the nineteenth century including “anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children's books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama”, with links to related websites on topics relating to the Victorian period such as 19th century American literature and women's studies.

Voice of the Shuttle - Minority Literatures

From UC Berkeley, Voice of the Shuttle is a mega site created for humanities research. Exhaustive listings of resources on many ethnic writers including criticism.

Voice of the Shuttle - Minority Studies

From UC Berkeley, Voice of the Shuttle is a mega site created for humanities research. Extensive listing of diversity resources and programs, information on various ethnic groups, immigrant issues and post-colonialism.

Voice of the Shuttle - Restoration and 18th Century

For Restoration and 18th Century, links include general resources and authors works, the London Theater 1660-1880, criticism, journals, newsgroups listservs.

Voice of the Shuttle - Shakespeare

From UC Berkeley, Voice of the Shuttle is a mega site created for humanities research.
The Shakespeare section includes general and virtual resources, criticism, writings and festivals.

American Immigration Websites

Archive to Jewish Immigrant Culture

The mission of The Archive is to preserve the history and collective memory of the Jewish immigrant community from the former Soviet Union and to create an engaging environment for today's immigrant culture. Founded by a group of professionals, scholars and artists, who are immigrants themselves, The Archive is the space where the Soviet Jewish community identifies itself as a part of contemporary American reality.

Digital History: Ethnic America

Created by the University of Houston in collaboration other organizations including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the US National Park Service, this site was created as an instructional aid for history teachers.

Ellis Island: The Immigrant Experience

From the Ellis Island website, this link documents the experiences of American families
from different backgrounds researching their family histories, plus a timeline of immigration history in US.

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: US Immigration

The Internet History Sourcebooks Project [IHSP] is a world wide web project designed to provide easy access to primary sources and other teaching materials in a non-commercial environment and is located at the History Department of Fordham University, New York. Topics found in “US Immigration” include immigration and its effects, European immigration, Asian immigration, Latin American immigration, Ellis Island, and opposition to immigration.

Information on American Immigration History

Created by the University of Houston in collaboration other organizations including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the US National Park Service, this site was created as an instructional aid for history teachers. Includes “immigrant voices”, “immigrant images” and “landmarks”.

Landmarks in American Immigration History

Provides a timeline of important landmark dates in American immigration history.