English Literature Resource List

Virginia WoolfIf you’ve just started an English course and feel like you don’t even know a verb from a noun or if you’d like to get a head start before the semester begins, Best Online College has compiled this list of valuable English literature resources. To start with, Early Periods of Literature offers an overview of the schools of thought present in literature from 1200 BCE to the present.

Dr.Wheeler’s timeline gives a one-paragraph explanation for each historical time period and provides examples of each era’s prevalent authors. Once you have the overview straight, read on for in-depth sources on each specific time period. From then until now, English literature is a fantastic and intriguing topic.

Medieval LiteratureRenaissance LiteratureEnlightenment LiteratureRomantic LiteratureModernist LiteraturePostmodernist Literature

Medieval Literature

Medieval Lit Bibliography was composed by English professor, Sharon Coolidge of Wheaton College. The list in the left sidebar features links to reference books which shed light on a variety medieval symbols.

Medieval Literature Resources offers introductory survey information concerning the literature of classical China, classical Rome, classical Greece, the Bible as Literature, medieval literature, Renaissance literature and genre studies. Also available are guides to dialect exercises, pronunciation, phonology and numerology.
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University library comprises over 80 manuscripts from seven separate collections. they are available as high resolution digital images from manuscripts which were selected as major treasures. If you want to see primary sources in their original state, this is the place.
netSERF offers a single index of all the best medieval resources available on the Internet. From Archaeology to philosophy and technology, netSERF provides a database of great information with archives, libraries, museums and more!
The Labyrinth lists medieval resources by category, subcategory and type of material. This compilation of resources was curated by professors at Georgetown University. Soem of the notable topics here include architecture, armor, cosmology, feudalism, chivalry, ethics, philosophy, law and theology. While all subjects may not directly relate to literature, students may find scientific and historical articles useful in explaining references in literary texts.

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Renaissance Literature

Renaissance Luminarium is comprehensive guide to British literature of the Renaissance with over 100 original pages, biographies, and works never before published on the web. Also includes several hundred links to additional resources.
Shakespeare Resources offers introductory survey information concerning the literature of classical China, classical Rome, classical Greece, the Bible as Literature, medieval literature, Renaissance literature, and genre studies. This resource includes information on Shakespeare himself, his works and the Elizabethan Globe Theatre.
Renaissance & 17th Century is maintained by UC Santa Barbara and offers a repository of links to renaissance and 17th century authors and works, cultural and historic contexts, literary criticism, journals, Renaissance literature conferences and more.

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Enlightenment Literature

Intro to Neoclassicism gives an introduction to the themes in Neoclassic literature.. This overview is offered by Mr. Melani, a professor at Brooklyn College in New York.
Neoclassical Literature Timeline is a short but useful timeline of significant publications . The timeline is available through Berkeley City College.
Restoration and 18th Century Literature gives a thorough overview of the period 1642 to 1820 AD. Professor Yadav of George Mason University. [http://www.shepherd.edu/englweb]
Restoration and 18th Century Timeline gives a thorough overview of the period 1642 to 1820 AD which is the period of the Civil Wars through the end of the reign of George III. Courtesy of professor Yadav of George Mason University.
Restoration Luminarium offers comprehensive guide to British literature of the Restoration including biographies and works never before published on the web as well as additional resources, essays, articles and biographies ranging from 1660-1785 AD.

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Romantic Literature

British Romanticism focuses on the period from 1770-1832. This outline, prepared by a professor from Shepard University, offers a look at several characteristics of the period and provides short descriptions of writers from the “Pre-Romantic” and “High Romantic” periods. [http://www.shepherd.edu/englweb]
Romanticism discusses the origins of Romanticism. This article touches upon folklore, nationalism, medievalism, exoticism, victorianism and more. If you’re looking for historical and textual themes in Romantic literature, this is the right place.
Romantic Writers is an English lecture by Professor Selby at Waycross College that describes the characteristics of Romanticism, major Romantic writers and Romantic schools of thought.
British Women Romantic Poets is a project sponsored by the UC Davis library. This repository contains hundreds of full-length texts as well as photographs of original works. Texts are searchable alphabetically by author’s last name.
Romantic Chronology offers a wide range of information, including important publications, musical performances, deaths and political events.
Voice of the Shuttle: Romantics provides a list of general resources in romanticism as well as information about specific authors. Dozens of authors, works and projects are featured, including Jane Austen, William Wodsworth, Robert Burns, Mary Shelley and Lord Byron.

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Modernist Literature

Lost Poets of the Great War features six poets: Rupert Brooke, John McCrae, Wilfred Owen, Issac Rosenberg, Alan Seeger, and Edward Thomas. The site provides short biographies, and, in some cases, excerpts of poems from these authors. Also of interest on the site is a bibliography of war poetry sources.
Modern Literature gives an overview of the time period 1915-1945 and discusses major influences on modernist writing, characteristics of modernism, and overviews of several modernist texts. This article would be of use to students needing to identify and compare themes in modern literature. [http://www.shepherd.edu/englweb]
Poets of the First World War offers short biographies of poets who were combatants, front-line journalists, medical personnel or relief workers in WWI. A listing of each poet includes work titles, brief personal histories, and, in some cases, excerpts of poems.
Twentieth-Century English Poetry is a metapage comprising Internet resources on the twentieth-century poetry in English, which may contain glimpses of truth in whatever form. Professor Eiichi Hishikawa provides a short list of poets that she has created a webpage for and a page dedicated to 116 other poets.
Voice of the Shuttle: Modern lists modern British authors, works, and projects. For each author, this site provides links to web pages and full-length works. Featured authors include Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Graham Greene, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, and C.S. Lewis.

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Postmodernist Literature

American Postmodernism is a great bulleted Powerpoint presentation covering modernism versus postmodernism. This is a great starting point for an introduction to postmodernism.
Twentieth-Century British, Irish, and Commonwealth offers listings of dozens of webpages about twentieth-century authors. Featured authors include Virginia Woolf, Tom Stoppard, James Joyce, and Salman Rushdie.
Contemporary (Brit. & Amer.) is a repository of links to pages featuring contemporary English authors. Authors are categorized by nationality: American or British. Included are links to full-length texts, university pages, and author society homepages.
Introduction to Postmodernism is another Powerpoint presentation that compares and contrasts modernism to postmodernism. The presentation offers a timeline of modern to postmodernism history, an evolution of literary thought and wonderful images to illustrate classic postmodern literature as well as postmodern architecture and the arts.

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