British Literature

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British Literary Manuscripts Online

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Provides a digital archive featuring literary manuscripts dating from roughly 1120 to 1900. Literary works from Aesop’s Fables through Charles Dickens are included. Coverage is mostly British (and early American/British) works and authors, but there are French, Roman, Italian, and other nationalities represented. View images of literary and religious works, poems, plays, essays, novels, diaries, and journals. Search may include both collections (medieval and Renaissance works, or 1660 – 1900) or either collection alone. Browse by author or search by author, title, or person as subject; limits to century, years, or to any of the eight source libraries from which images were scanned.

Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain

Provides coverage of all the literatures present in the British Isles regardless of language from 449 1541. Old and Middle English, Anglo-Norman, Latin, French, and Celtic literature are included. Entries also cover book history, places, historical events, political and religious persons of importance to the understanding of literature and literary culture in the British Isles. Provides an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to medieval literature. Bibliographies and Further Readings at the end of each article.

Oxford Bibliographies. Literary and Critical Theory

Offers peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on literary and critical theory. Introductory essay provides a review of current research trends and issues. Entries for individuals, movements, schools of thought, and critical concepts. Bibliographies are browseable by subject area and keyword searchable. Contains a “My OBO” function that allows users to create personalized bibliographies of individual citations from different bibliographies.

Penn Parsed Corpora of Historical English

A tool for searching English prose works from ~1150 A.D. to the early 20th century. Search for simple text (a word/ phrase), text tagged by its part of speech (verb, noun, etc.), or for the syntactic structure. Useful for students and scholars studying the history of English and English language. There are three separate sections: The Penn The Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Middle English, Second Edition (PPCME2), The Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Early Modern English (PPCEME), The Penn Parsed Corpus of Modern British English (PPCMBE)

Shakespeare in Performance

Access prompt books for Shakespeare’s plays from the collection of prompt books in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC. Prompt books are the script of the play marked up to show notes on a specific production, including any changes made to the play (cutting scenes, rearranging dialogue, etc.), and may include instructions on technical production elements such as lighting, music, and stage directions. The collection covers 42 plays from a production of Twelfth Night in the 1600’s to a 1975 production of The Tempest, and includes British, American, and international productions. Search features include a browse by play, simple, and advanced search. Interactive features include viewing two prompt books of the same play side-by-side, an introduction to prompt books and common annotations seen in them, and a chronology. A section on case studies delves more deeply into seventeen productions of various plays. There is a glossary and biographies of well-known Shakesearian actors and directors.


Provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), this resource is building a comprehensive gateway to all doctoral and master-level theses and dissertations, many openly accessible, by harvesting the information from repositories throughout the world.

Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs

Trace the history of women’s movements and feminism over four centuries of documents and journals and across multiple countries in Europe and North America in this one collection. Full-text of primary source documents, journals, and pamphlets, in 14 langages (primarily English, German, and French), it is possible to trace developments in a single country or across several countries. The Gerritsen Collection includes advice manuals, education and professional training, history, social conditions, social reform, legal status, women’s health, and women’s employment. Among the books are many biographies of women – full-length biographies and biographical sketch collections. Gerritsen also has an extensive section of early women’s periodicals from 1860 through the 1940’s. Quick or Advanced search features are available for the entire collection, with limits for books or periodicals only.

Early European Books

Traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century, offering full-color, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources. It provides scholars with new ways of accessing and exploring all works printed in Europe before 1701, drawing together a diverse array of printed sources, regardless of language, as well as works published further afield. Developed and produced in close collaboration with scholars, rare book librarian, bibliographers, and other experts from the library world, this resource opens the door to some of the world’s most significant collections of early printed books. The collection has been developed in partnership with The Royal Library – Det Kongelige Bibliotek (Copenhagen, Denmark), National Central Library in Florence – Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (Florence, Italy), The National Library – Koninklijke Bibliotheek (The Hague, The Netherlands), Wellcome Library (London, UK) and National Library of France – Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris, France).

18th Century Drama

Focuses on role of theatre in society during the long eighteenth century. Interdisciplinary resource for research in theatre, drama, literature, entertainment, social commentary, history, politics, music, censorship, gender, and romanticism. Serves an archive of almost every play submitted for license between 1737 and 1824 (over 2500). Includes correspondence, diaries, biographical information, advertisements, and companion texts.

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