Literature Resources

D. Reiss
Active Learning Online

General and Multigenre

EServer:Accessible Online Publishing at Iowa State University links to full texts of works in various genres and fields, including drama, fiction, and poetry works, commentary, and criticism.

Humbul Humanities Web at Oxford University offers several portals for literature, linguistics, and language resources.

Internet Public Library Online Literary Criticism from the University of Michigan offers a browsable index by author, title, nation, and literary period.

Literary Resources on the Net is maintained by Jack Lynch of Rutgers, updated regularly, and classified by topic, time period, or nationality. The annotations within the categories are helpful, and his recommendations are reliable. Sites include archives of scholarship, facsimiles of rare editions, critiques, commentaries, full texts, excerpts—a wealth of digitized work.

Literary Resources-Hypertext is a gateway within Lynch's Literary Resources on the Net site. Here's a good starting point for exploring literary hypertexts as well as theories about hypertext, including hypertexts on hypertext.

Project Gutenberg is the twenty-year project to make as many texts as possible as widely available as possible by volunteers digitizing out-of-copyright works.

Voice of the Shuttle by Alan Liu at University of California Santa Barbara is an excellent starting place for all humanities research.

VirtualLit offers tutorials from Bedford St. Martin.


bullet silver ball Academy of American Poets features poetry news and discussions, prizes, publications, and resources. Hear Wallace Stevens read "The Idea of Order at Key West" or Langston Hughes read "The Negro Dreams of Rivers."

bullet silver ball The Poetry Archive is a British site that collects recordings of many poets reading their own works.


more poetry next column


bullet silver ball Electronic Poetry Center links to authors' home pages (okay, James Joyce probably didn't know any HTML, but the EPC has made him a page), old and new poetry, journals and magazines, and other online poetry sites. Tour their Poetics link, and view hypermedia poetics at e-poetry.

bullet silver ball PennSound is a project at the University of Pennsylvania "committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives"—a good way to get to know some contemporary poets in their own voices.

bullet silver ball Internet Poetry Archive at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill features selected contemporary poets and selected texts accompanied by audio.

bullet silver ball Poems That Go offers "intersections between motion, sound, images, text, and language is shaped in new media spaces, how interactivity can change the meaning...."

bullet silver ball Poetry & Literature Center, Library of Congress, includes poetry news, Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, and a link to our Poet Laureate.

Interactive Poetry (and Drawing)

Magnetic Poetry Kits

Poetry Writing and Reading Experiments from poet and professor Charles Bernstein.

Fiction and Drama

bullet silver ball The General and Multigenre listings above are good resources for fiction and drama.

Reading and Writing about Literature

bullet silver ball Poems about Reading, Writing, and Poetry

Themes, Eras, and Authors

bullet silver ball Poetry and Technology: Verbal and Visual Images

bullet silver ball Frankenstein Resources

bullet silver ball Art and New Media: motion studies, digital dance, unusual instruments


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thanks to Sadie Cornell, Dona Hickey, Cindy Selfe, and Art Young
site developed March 2001 and modified 3 October 2014 by D. Reiss