to American Literature - http://www.wwnorton.com/naal/
"The Websource is designed as a springboard to help students extend their
exploration of American literature and identify and frame topics for writing
and research. It includes: Quick reference timelines with historical-literary
outlines; Over 400 annotated Web links of quality; 120 author resource
pages and 7 period topics providing generative questions and projects that
help students to draw connections, close-read texts, and link texts to
American Writers: A journey through history - http://www.americanwriters.org/
American writers who have been highlighted on C-SPAN programs are gathered
chronologically by era from 1600 to 1975. For each featured author, a brief
biography, critical assessment of works, and chronological listing of titles
published are followed by Web sites about the author. Extended features
require free membership registration. (LII)
African American Mystery
Page - http://www.aamystery.com/
"The African American contribution to the world of mystery fiction is alive
and kicking: hard-boiled detectives, police procedurals, thrillers, amateur
sleuths, romantic suspense, the traditional whodunit, and more." Find out
about authors, recent book releases, references about this genre, and links
to author home pages.
To Kill a
Mockingbird: Then and Now - http://www.thinkquest.org/library/lib/site_sum_outside.html?tname=12111&url=12111/
"Teachers report that "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a powerful reading experience
for many young people. Reading it stimulates discussion of a wide range
of topics. This site is mainly for teachers, as it presents learning strategies
and exercises that prepare students for reading the book, and helps students
to understand the time and place in which the story is set."
Kill A Mockingbird Index - http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/english/English104W-15/tokillamockingbird[index].htm
Links to resources and writings by students on Harper Lee and her famous
book. From a Vanderbilt University English class.
Literature & Culture of the American 1950s - http://www.english.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/home.html
Extensive collection of links to articles, writings, photographs and literature
on and from the 1950s.
Cabin and American Culture - http://www.iath.virginia.edu/utc/
This site provide access to the famous novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe which
is said to have been a cause of the Civil War. Users may browse all the
primary material in the archive (texts, images, songs, 3-D objects, film
clips, etc.) one at a time. They may also search all the primary material
at once and either use or cut across the site's organizational categories.
Or they can use the Interpret Mode which includes an interactive timeline,
virtual exhibits designed to suggest ways of exploring and understanding
the primary material, as well as lesson plans for teachers and student
projects. (University of Virginia)
Psychedelic Sixties - http://www.lib.virginia.edu/speccol/exhibits/sixties/
Emphasis is on the artistic and literary influences on the U.S. in the
1960s. This exhibition is well documented with images from that period,
and traces the roots to Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman. (University of Virginia)
Trees: Sights and Sounds of the Novel - http://hal.ucr.edu/~cathy/bean/beanindex.html
This Web site provides pictures and sound files which explain various allusions
in the Barbara Kinsolver novel. (Cathy Decker)
Movements - http://www.gonzaga.edu/faculty/campbell/enl311/litfram.html
This site is one of four from a professor of English and includes information
about a variety of literary movements including Calvinism, Travel Narratives,
Captivity Narratives, and Domestic Fiction. Information about each includes
characteristics, authors, and techniques of the genre. Other sites from
this page include an American literature timeline, detailed information
on American authors, and links to other American literature sites.
American Literature Online - http://www.geocities.com/afam_literature/
This annotated bibliography is intended to provide "a comprehensive guide
to African American Literature during the Twentieth Century. Here, you
will find over 75 novels, poems, autobiographies, and essays along with
summaries of the selected literature...some significant events of each
decade and the literary themes that African American authors were writing
about during that decade. This web site is targeted towards high school
American Resources: A Library of African American Culture, Education, History
and Literature - http://cobalt.lang.osaka-u.ac.jp/~krkvls/afroindex.html
This categorized directory of briefly annotated links includes general
and specific resources. Near the bottom of the page are links to literature
Renaissance - http://www.nku.edu/~diesmanj/harlem.html
Overview of writing and painting from the Harlem Renaissance. Features
poetry from Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Angelina W. Grimke, Jessie
Redmon Fauset, James Weldon Johnson, Arna Bontemps, Jean Toomer, Claude
McKay, Esther Popel, and Anne Spencer. There are nonfiction and short stories
from Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Marion Vera
Cuthbert, and Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Paintings from the era concentrate on
the work of Loïs Mailou Jones, William H. Johnson, and Palmer Hayden.
The Black Renaissance
in Washington, DC - http://www.dclibrary.org/blkren/
This site demonstrates that the "outpouring of literature by African Americans"
during the Harlem Renaissance was also reflected in other communities.
Includes biographies, recommended books, related links, and a timeline.
From the District of Columbia Public Library.
the Land: Journeys Into Literary America - http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/land/
Using the metaphor of a journey, this exhibit from the Library of Congress
combines images with quotations from American literature to "... present
a tapestry of the impressions that endure in our collective imagination
of the American land and its culture." The images include prints, photographs,
and literary maps (regional and topical); quotes range from classic fiction
to poetry and songs. There is also information about purchasing the exhibit
book, and a list of all the items in the exhibit. A unique and excellent
combination of literature and images for students of American history and
Literature - http://web.nmsu.edu/~tomlynch/swlit.home.html
A background to the literature of the Southwestern United States. Included
is information and related sites about Edward Abbey, Rudolfo Anaya, Denise
Chavez, Barbara Kingsolver, Cormac McCarthy, John Nichols, and other authors.
There is information about topics pertinent to the literature, including
Hispanic, Chicano, and Native American cultures as well as environmental
issues, "Atomic Southwest," and mining. Largely researched and written
by university students, the commentary here is augmented with links to
other sites on the authors and region.
in American Literature (PAL) - http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/table.html
Subtitled A Research and Reference Guide, this searchable site provides
outlines and bibliographies of hundreds of authors, themes, and literary
movements in the U.S. from colonial days to the present. There are many
appendices, including the elements of poetry, drama, and fiction. MLA style
citations for each page are included. Based on the 12th edition of the
author's Guide to Perspectives in American Literature.
(Course Resources On the Web) - http://www.millikin.edu/aci/crow/
A directory of American literature web resources, browsable by general
resources, and sites featuring syllabi and assignments and author chronologies.
Also contains a collection of annotated links, a chronological list of
American literature Internet links, and reviews of major sites.
This web page has a short history of California literature, a list of titles
that have a California setting, and a list of significant California authors
divided by time period. Each author is annotated with the type of literature
they wrote and the literary prizes they won. (Northern California Independent
Outline of American Literature - http://odur.let.rug.nl/usanew/LIT/index.htm
From the web site "From Revolution to Reconstruction ...and what happened
afterwards," this page provides a chronological outline of the entire gamut
of U.S. literature. Sections include: Early American and Colonial Period
to 1776; Democratic Origins and Revolutionary Writers, 1776-1820; The Romantic
Period, 1820-1860: Essayists and Poets; The Romantic Period, 1820-1860:
Fiction; The Rise of Realism: 1860-1914; Modernism and Experimentation:
1914-1945; American Poetry Since 1945: The Anti-Tradition; and American
Prose Since 1945: Realism and Experimentation.
Fiction 1851-1875 - http://algernon.dlib.indiana.edu/web/w/wright2/
"This is a collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle
Wright's bibliography American Fiction, 1851-1875.
There are currently 2,341 texts included (2,027 unedited, 314 fully edited
and encoded) by 1,150 authors." Well-known writers such as Louisa May Alcott,
Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville are represented
along with forgotten authors. Keyword searchable and browsable by author
and significant words. (Indiana University Digital Library Program)
History of the American West - http://www.prs.tcu.edu/lit_west_full.pdf
The full text of the title originally published in 1987. Available in HTML
or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. (Western Literature Association)
George Kelley Paperback and Pulp Fiction Collection - http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/units/lml/kelley/
The Kelley Collection is "comprised of well over 25,000 pulp-fiction books
and magazines." 10,000 of these have been catalogued and may be searched
in BISON, the library's online catalog. Check The Collection for a list
of genres: here you can find separate pages for Adventure, Detective/Mystery,
Erotic, Fantastic, Horror, Legal, Science Fiction, War, and Western stories.
Each section contains links, bibliographic information, and a guide for
searching the specific genre in BISON. (Lockwood Memorial Library
at the State University of New York in Buffalo)
Founded in 1897, the Forward is the most distinguished Yiddish publication
in the United States. Originally a daily newspaper, it is now published
weekly in both Yiddish and English. Its mission is preserving Yiddish literature.
Writers such as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Elie Wiesel, and Abraham Cahan began
their careers writing for the Forward. The Web site features news related
to the American and international Jewish community and links to publications
from all over the world that cover Jewish news. Readers may view the current
issue of the paper and the archives in English or Yiddish.
Writers Index - http://www.waterboro.lib.me.us/maineaut/index.htm
Hundreds of Maine writers listed, with biographical and bibliographical
information as well as links to other sites, if available. Excellent example
of local content from a library Web site. Well written and researched and
being added to at the rate of about four a week. The library's site is
searchable and also has excellent material on non-Maine authors and other
literature, reading, writing, and language resources. (Waterboro Public
The California Center for
the Book - http://www.calbook.org/
"The California Center for the Book celebrates California's rich literary
heritage and promotes reading, libraries, literacy, and authorship." The
Web site includes information about the center and its programs, and has
resource directories of links to libraries, literacy programs, and "organizations,
study programs, private presses, discussion lists, dealers and more, whose
primary focus is book arts."
Visions: The Beat Generation and the Bohemian Dialectic -
Full text of essay by Michael Hayward examining "the history of the Beat
writers in print" as well as "the relationship of these writers to the
publishing industry." Also a good source for information on alternative
literary magazines and presses (e.g., Grove, New Directions, Olympia, City
Lights) of the 1950s. Contains a bibliography, and footnotes.
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