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Literature Resources: Literature Websites & OER Resources

Literature Resources at UCNJ Libraries



American and British Literature (20th Century)

Index to free articles on American and English literature.

Anthology of Middle English Literature (1350 - 1485)

Includes Chaucer and others, plus Medieval plays and lyrics. Edited by Anniina Jokinen.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (MIT alum)

This site has the complete works of Shakespeare's plays and poetry.

No fear Shakespeare (Sparknotes)

The full text of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets side-by-side with translations into modern English.

Web Concordances

Selected works by five poets (Shelley, Keats, Blake, Coleridge and Hopkins).  

Maintained by R.J.C. Watt at University of Dundee.

Project Gutenberg
A massive online library of free eBooks, including both fiction and non-fiction titles in the Public Domain.

Sparknotes Literature

SparkNotes has a large number of resources on literature and other subjects. There are study guides, sample tests, essay help, and translations of Shakespeare.

Many Books

As on site "ManyBooks was established in 2004 with the vision to provide an extensive library of books in digital format for free on the Internet. Many of the early eBooks are from the Project Gutenberg archives, which means you will be able to find a lot of classics on the site."

Poetry Websites


Representative Poetry Online (University of Toronto)

Includes 4,700 English poems by 723 poets. It is based on Representative Poetry, established by Professor W. J. Alexander of University College, University of Toronto. 

American Verse Project (University of Michigan)

A collection of American poetry prior to 1920.

Academy of American Poets website with 450 American poets and 1200 poems. Contains selections from their works including audio clips. 

Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation evolved from the Modern Poetry Association in 2003. It celebrate poetry by fostering spaces for all to create, experience, and share poetry.

Poetry Daily

Poetry Daily consists of contemporary poetry selected from a wide range of sources. Poems are published or translated to English and include information about the poet and the poem’s source.

OER Resources - Open Textbook Library

Compact Anthology of World Literature

The emphasis in this anthology, therefore, is on non-Western and European works, with only the British authors who were the most influential to European and non-Western authors (such as Shakespeare, whose works have influenced authors around the world to the present day).

The Ideologies of Lived Space in Literary Texts, Ancient and Modern

The individual articles analyze ancient and modern literary texts from the angle of the most recent theoretical conceptualizations of space. The focus throughout is on how the experience of space is determined by dominant political, philosophical or religious ideologies and how, in turn, the description of spaces in literature is employed to express, broadcast or deconstruct this experience.

World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650
This peer-reviewed World Literature I anthology includes introductory text and images before each series of readings. Sections of the text are divided by time period in three parts: the Ancient World, Middle Ages, and Renaissance, and then divided into chapters by location.

Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature 1865 to Present

Writing the Nation: A Concise Guide to American Literature 1865 to Present is a text that surveys key literary movements and the American authors associated with the movement. Topics include late romanticism, realism, naturalism, modernism, and modern literature.

Adapted from Washenaw Community College

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