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ADE Bulletin - (dead link)
Association of Departments of English

  • Asian American Literature and the Importance of Social Context - (dead link)
    By Elaine H. Kim, 080 (Spring 1985) pp. 34-41.


African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
A Selection of Published Works
"...a digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers. A part of the Digital Schomburg, this collection provides access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women as captured in books and pamphlets published prior to 1920."
New York Public Library Digital Library Collections

American Hypertexts
A nice collection of online texts of some of the major figures in American literature.
University of Virginia

American Verse Project - (dead link)
University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative
"The project is assembling an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920."

Authors on the Web - African-American Author Roundtable
"African-American writing is more than a genre for these twenty-two writers and illustrators...Here they speak out on their experiences as published authors, share advice with aspiring writers, and relate how being African-American impacts their work."
" publishes thousands of free online classics of reference, literature and nonfiction."

C-Span American Writers: Journey Through History (2001)
View each episode online.
" American history series that looks at the lives and works of selected American writers who have chronicled, reflected upon, or influenced the course of our nation."
Sections include: Founding to Revolution ; The Young Nation ; Slavery & the Civil War ; Rebuilding American & the Gilded Age ; Progressive Era & Reaction.

C-Span American Writers II: The 20th Century (2002)
View each episode online.
"C-Span brings together writers, scholars, historians and actors to examine the lives and work of selected Twentieth Century American Writers who have influenced our nation's history."
Sections include: Progressive Era & Reaction ; Depression & War ; Early Cold War ; Social Transformation to Vietnam

Documenting the American South (DAS)
A Digitized Library of Southern Literature, Beginnings to 1920.
" electronic collection sponsored by the Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides access to digitized primary materials that offer Southern perspectives on American history and culture. It supplies teachers, students, and researchers at every educational level with a wide array of titles they can use for reference, studying, teaching, and research...Currently, DAS includes five digitization projects: slave narratives, first-person narratives, Southern literature, Confederate imprints, and materials related to the church in the black community."

  • Library of Southern Literature - (dead link)
    "...documents the riches and diversity of Southern experience as presented in one hundred of its most important literary works. The bibliography was compiled by the late Professor Robert Bain, based on suggestions from colleagues in Southern studies around the country."

Electronic Archives for Teaching the American Literatures

Electronic Literature Directory
"It provides an extensive database of listings for electronic works, their authors, and their publishers. The descriptive entries cover poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction that makes significant use of electronic techniques or enhancements...The Directory provides easy access to one of the most exciting and fastest-growing bodies of cutting-edge literature. Among the new forms of writing represented here are hypertexts and other interactive pieces, kinetic or animated poems, multimedia works, generated texts, and works that allow reader collaboration."
From the Electronic Literature Organization - (dead link)

Free Speech TV - (dead link)
"Free Speech TV broadcasts independently-produced documentaries dealing with social, political, cultural, and environmental issues; commissions and produces original programming..."

  • Toni Morrison and Cornel West - (dead link)
    "Toni Morrison and Cornel West discuss race and politics in America in a conversation presented by The Nation Institute at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on March 24, 2004. Toni Morrison is the recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature, and the author of Love, Beloved, Paradise, Jazz, Sula, Tar Baby, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye. Cornel West is Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Princeton University..."

The Harvard Classics and Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction
Selected by Charles W. Eliot, LLD., 1909-1917.
Published by, 2001.

Humanities Text Initiative from the University of Michigan - (dead link)
A large collection on online texts and images although access to a lot of the resource is restricted

Literary History
"...seeks to collect critical or explanatory web writings about American and British literature that will be of value for graduate students, scholars, teachers, college students, high school students, and other intrepid readers of literature. We specialize in critical articles and we index only free articles. We currently index articles on 41 major nineteenth century British authors and 142 twentieth century British and American authors."
By Jan Pridmore

A Literary History of the American West
(ISBN 0-87565-021-X)
Online version of the 1974 text published by Texas Christian University Press

LitSite : The Literary Community of Alaska
"...a Web magazine devoted to literary arts and literacy throughout Alaska. LitSite is a gathering place for readers and writers of all ages to share their writing and reading experiences. Promoting community, family, and cultural and educational values through literacy, LitSite Alaska is a platform for partnerships among Alaska libraries, schools, families, and communities."

The Mark Twain Papers and Project
A detailed description of their print resources
"This combination of original and photocopied documents now makes it possible to read virtually every document in Mark Twain's hand now known to survive, without ever leaving Berkeley."
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

This arts magazine includes Poetry/Fiction ; Essays ; Visual Arts.

The Modern English Collection
"This heterogenous collection contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author's last name or by category of interest. Each text is encoded in SGML and includes a bibliographic header with details about the creation of the electronic text and its print source.
The Electronic Text Center at The University of Virginia

Native American Stories-Books and Etexts - (dead link)

The Nineteenth Century in Print: The Making of America in Books and Periodicals
"This collection comprises books and periodicals published in the United States during the nineteenth century, primarily during the second half of the century. Most of the materials were digitized through the Making of America project, a collaboration of Cornell University and the University of Michigan to preserve textual materials on deteriorating paper and make them accessible electronically. The materials selected illuminate the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Also included are volumes of American poetry."
American Memory, Library of Congress

North American Review
Current issue only


The On-line Books Page
"The On-Line Books Page is a directory of books that can be freely read right on the Internet. It includes: An index of thousands of on-line books on the Internet, Pointers to significant directories and archives of on-line texts, Special exhibits, and more!"
Carnegie Mellon University
Edited by John Mark Ockerbloom

Prickly Problems at First or Angles in the Outfield? : Computer Software to Support the Teaching of Critical Literacy - (dead link)
Paper presented at the IFTE Global conference
By Tony Hughes

University of Chicago Electronic Text Services

Wright American Fiction, 1851-1875
"This is a collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction, 1851-1875. There are currently 1752 texts included (1602 unedited, 155 fully edited and encoded) by 845 authors."
Hosted by the Indiana University Digital Library Program

Writers Online Magazine - (dead link)From the New York State Writers Institute

Maintained by Mike Madin.
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