The following are links to general literature pages on the Web.
Electric Literature: This site has links to articles, other resources, and whole new ways of looking at literature and related arts.
GoodReads: This site has great links to book sites, reviews of new books, book lists, and more.
Literary Hub: This site contains book reviews, lists of new books, articles, author biographiesmuch more. A great site!
Book Riot has articles on new books, genre fiction, the reading life, and much more.
Bartleby.com has links to quotations, e-texts, and information on many writers. Great resource!
Project Gutenberg has over 56,000 free ebooks. Great resource!
The following are links to sites which provide assistance with research, paper writing and documentation.
The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University (also known as the OWL): This site contains all sorts of help on writing research papers, documentation, and sample papers.
The University of Wisconsin's Page on Documentation Styles: The name says it all.
The following are links to sites which provide information about some of the writers we're reading.
For information on Old English and related subjects, take a look at the following:
- Old English Pages, courtesy of Carol Percy at the University of Toronto: A page of resources for studying Old English language and culture.
- Hwæt! Old English in Context: This page, also constructed by Cathy Ball, gives you further information; a great site!
- Baragona's Literary Resources, a very good list of links to information. (If you click on the third entry, "The Criying and the Soun," you'll be taken to a site which contains audio files of Chaucer's poetry being read. Very cool!)
- Old English Manuscripts Database: Since we're not doing primary research in this class, you won't need information about where to find Old English manuscripts, but there is some good background information here about the composition and preservation of the manuscripts.
- The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles is a history of Old England, written by historians who lived in medieval times. Fascinating!
- The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies: Another site from Georgetown University, with great information.
- The Life of King Alfred: This fascinating site has an e-text of "The Life of King Alfred," composed around 888 A.D.
- Your Guide to King Alfred the Great: This site explains who Alfred was and why you should care.
For links to information on Beowulf, see the following:
- Beowulf Resources, explains the significance of Beowulf, and includes links to many other helpful sites.
- A Huffington Post article on how the Royal Hall described in Beowulf, may have now been found.
- Electronic Beowulf, from the British Library, has information about the manuscript, including images--very interesting.
For links to information on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, see the following:
- Luminarium's section on Sir Gawain has links to a summary and various articles and other sources of information on the poem. A good site.
- "Gawain" is part of The Camelot Project's website; very scholarly, but very interesting.
For links to information on Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales, see the following:
- Luminarium's Chaucer Page is excellent: lots of links to other Chaucer sites and information.
- Baragona's Chaucer Page is actually meant to be a supplement to a class at the Virginia Military Institute, but there's no reason you can't use it, too--and it's good. There are even some links to 14th century music--just great!
- The Chaucer Metapage is a wonderful site with links to just about everything Chaucer on the Web; it also has links to information about medieval life and times.
For links to information on Margery Kempe and The Book of Margery Kempe, see the following:
- Luminarium's page on Margery Kempe provides very useful links to pages with all kinds of information on Margery Kempe and her Book.
- This Luminarium page has an extensive collection of articles about Old and Middle English writings. Scroll down to find the ones on Margery Kempe. The one by Leann Magners, "Margery's Life Encapsulated Within Historical Context", gives good information about the historical and social context of Kempe's life; great stuff on the daily life of the time. Another article, "Mysticism, Meditation, and Identification in The Book of Margery Kempe", by Carolyn Coulson, analyses Margery's visions. Very interesting.
For links to information on Sir Thomas Malory and The Morte Darthur, see the following:
- Luminarium's site on Malory is very useful, with links to information about his life, the times, and lots of essays and articles.
- King Arthur, A Man for the Ages explores the history of the Arthurian legend, and includes a brief account of Wace's and Layamon's adaptations of the story.
For links to information on Sir Thomas More, Utopia, Henry VIII, or Sir Thomas Wyatt, see the following:
- Tudor History is a wonderful page with tons of information on the Henry VIII and his wives, among other things.
- Luminarium's page on Henry VIII has biographical information and links to other sources.
- BritRoyals includes loads of historical information about the kings and queens of England and Scotland, including a page on Henry VIII.
- Luminarium's page about Sir Thomas More has biographical information and information on More's works, as well as links to other sites on More. An excellent resource.
- English History.net has the full text of More's last letterto his daughter.
- Luminarium's page on Sir Thomas Wyatt has biographical information and excellent links to other sources. A great site.
For links to information on Christopher Marlowe and Dr. Faustus, see the following:
- Luminarium's page on Marlowe is excellent, with biographical information, articles, and links to lots of other sources.
- The Marlowe Society has lots of good, detailed information about Marlowe's life and work, including some pretty interesting information about his circle of friends and his death.
For links to information on William Shakespeare and King Lear, see the following:
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. This site contains e-text of Shakespeare's works, along with a discussion area, links to other Shakespeare sources on the Internet, and more.
- Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet has links to many other Shakespeare sites.
- Enjoying King Lear is Dr. Ed Friedlander's site on how to approach the play, with lots of good links to other sources as well.
For links to information on the Seventeenth Century, John Donne and the Metaphysical Poets, see the following:
- Lumiarium's page on John Donne is excellent, with lots of biographical information (this guy had quite a life!) and links to Donne's work and other works about him.
- Luminarium's general page on the Metaphysical Poets has links to general information about metaphysical poetry, and also links to pages on each poet. A great resource!
- Go Brittania has a section on its website called "England: A Narrative History," which has summaries of various English historical periods, including the 17th century.
- Encyclopedia.com has a brief entry on the Thirty Years War which sums it up nicely.
- National Geographic has a website with lots of information on the Gunpowder Plot.
For links to information on John Webster and The Duchess of Malfi, see the following:
- Luminarium's page on John Webster has biographical information, links to essays about Webster's works, and links to other sources of information about Webster. Very good site!
- Moonstruck Drama Bookstore's page on Webster has biographical information and links to information on other dramatists.
For links to information on John Milton and Paradise Lost, see the following:
- Luminarium's page on John Milton has biographical information, links to essays about Milton's works, and links to other sources of information about Milton. An excellent resource!
- The Milton-L Home Page is a great page on Milton, with biographical information, e-texts, and links to articles on Milton's works, as well as audio readings of Milton's poetry.
- Incompetech has a great, light-hearted biographical sketch of Milton, which is actually quite informative and fun to read.
- The John Milton Reading Room has links to all of the poems and essays, as well as a detailed bibliography of books and articles about Milton, with links to those that are available online.
- The Diary of Samuel Pepys's, with links to biographical information and, more important, entries from the Diary concerning the spread and effect of the Black Plague of 1665 in London and the Great Fire in 1666. Fascinating to read about it from the point of view of one who was there.
- National Geographic has a fascinating account of the events surrounding the settlement of Roanoke and the disappearance of its inhabitants, and new discoveries about what might have happened to them.
- The Internet Modern History Sourcebook, put together by historians at Fordham University, is an excellent resource on history in general, and it has a couple of excellent pages on the Industrial Revolution.
- The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a section on John Locke and his work, including some brief biographical information.
- Bluepete's page on Locke contains biographical information and summaries of Locke's works.
- Incompetech has an entertaining and funny account of Defoe's life--and it's accurate, too.
- Project Gutenberg has the e-text of the complete novel of Roxana, should you want to read more than the excerpt assigned.
For links to information on John Gay and The Beggar's Opera, see the following:
- "PoemHunter" has e-texts of some of Gay's poems.
- The Beggar's Opera is a site created by 3 University of Michigan students, and has lots of background information on the play, its production, its music, and its cast. There's also a bibliography, along with lots of other useful links to related material. Good site!
- "The Thief and his Thief-Taker General" is an account of the real-life criminals who inspired Macheath and Peachum in the play; it's fascinating.
- Brittania has a page on Robert Walpole; very good information.
For links to information on Jonathan Swift and Gulliver's Travels, see the following: