Although created specifically to highlight available Internet resources pertaining to English and American literature, Online Literary Resources provides links to a wealth of Humanities materials, and will be of interest to academic librarians, Humanities faculty, graduate students, and upper-division undergraduates. University of Pennsylvania doctoral candidate in English Jack Lynch created and maintains this quick loading, no frills meta-index to Web-based research materials.
Lynch divides the home page into sixteen subject areas of literature, from Classical and Biblical, Medieval, and Renaissance sources, to Contemporary British and American, Theatre and Drama, Literary Theory, and Women's Literature and Feminism sites. Subject categories begin with a compilation of scholarly listservs relevant to the area, followed by a "Calls for Professional Papers" list that typically includes deadlines for submissions of papers, names and addresses of contacts, and suggested topics. Next comes extensive lists of course syllabi submitted by university faculty from across the United States.
The heart of this resource, however, lies in the many links to sites devoted to both general topics and to specific authors within each subject area. Bibliographies abound throughout the pages of this resource, as do a surprising number of scholarly articles written by university subject specialists. Included in the Victorian pages, for example, is a link to Brown University's Victorian Web, and to an article, complete with bibliography, entitled "Racism and Anti-Irish Prejudice in Victorian England" by Dr. Anthony Wohl, Professor of History at Vassar College. Surprisingly, too, there are a number of excellent literary chronologies now available on-line via this source.
Numerous recurring links lead one to other equally invaluable literary sites, including the Carnegie Mellon University English Server, the University of Virginia's Electronic Text Center, and the University of California-Santa Barbara Voice of the Shuttle Project. Included within nearly all categories are links to thousands of electronic texts: the full text of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey; Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; Milton's Paradise Lost; the complete works of Shakespeare; the poetry of W.B. Yeats; and Bulfinch's Mythology, to name but a few. Lynch additionally includes a link at the bottom of the home page to an integrated list of electronic texts available on-line.
Finally, Online Literary Resources might prove to be an excellent and enjoyeable means of introducing Humanities faculty new to the Internet to a wealth of content-based materials migrating to the World Wide Web. Recommended.
California State University at Monterey Bay
1 April, 1996