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MEDIEVAL, EARLY MODERN, AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLISH STUDIES:

USEFUL RESOURCES

 

CONTENTS:

ELECTRONIC TEXT LIBRARIES: MEDIEVAL, EARLY MODERN, and EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY TEXTS

BACKGROUNDS: EARLY MODERN ENGLISH SOCIAL LIFE, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS

MEDIEVAL, EARLY MODERN, AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY THEATRE and PERFORMANCE HISTORY

SPECIFIC WRITERS AND TEXTS (Check the Electronic Text Libraries above for additional suggestions)


Check the links pages of the following for even more resources!


ELECTRONIC TEXT LIBRARIES: MEDIEVAL, EARLY MODERN and EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY TEXTS

TIP:  Before printing any electronic text, "right-click" on the text and choose the option to "open frame in a new window."

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The following database collections (and many others) can be found through the Brandeis LTS Databases page:

Literature Online: Database of full-text reference materials and Web links to over 300,000 works of English and American literature including poetry, drama, the Bible, early English prose, Shakespeare editions, and 18th century fiction.

  Literature Resource Center: Full-text of biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline, includes text of Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, and Contemporary Literary Criticism.

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eMule Poetry Archive

--Includes such electronic texts as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel".

A wide-ranging and useful site! EServer.org. Click on "Browse our Public Collections" for an index to the database.

--Don't miss: The English Server Eighteenth-Century Studies Collection.

--Check out The English Server Drama Collection.

--Includes such electronic texts as Ben Jonson's Epicoene. (You'll also find Jonson's Volpone here!)

Early Modern Literary Studies Electronic Texts

Elizabethan Authors: Texts, Resources, and Authorship Studies. Includes full-text Elizabethan drama.

The Internet Public Library (University of Michigan School of Information): Includes excellent Reference Center and Online Texts.

Internet Shakespeare Editions

Very useful site! Jack Lynch's Literary Resources on the Net

--especially: Jack Lynch's Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Resources

--and: Jack Lynch's Links to Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Electronic Texts

--Leads to such links as: Aphra Behn's The Rover (Online Text)

Luminarium Middle English Plays

Luminariam: English Literature: Early 17th Century (1603-1660)

--Leads to such links as: John Milton, 1608-1674.

--and The Works of Christopher Marlowe.

MIT's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Very readable! Includes hyperlinks to glosses and a powerful search engine!

Project Gutenberg: from the website: "Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 30,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPhone, Kindle, Sony Reader or other portable device."

Renaissance Electronic Texts: Old-spelling texts, edited by Ian Lancashire.

Representative Poetry On-Line

--Includes such electronic texts as Alexander Pope's Eloisa to Abelard

The Spectator Project (Montclair State University): Follow links in left frame to specific months of publication.

University of Virginia English Online Resources

--Includes the University of Virginia Shakespeare Resources.

Another good starting point! Voice of the Shuttle: Web Site for Humanities Research.

 

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BACKGROUNDS: EARLY MODERN AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLISH SOCIAL LIFE, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS

The Bible, King James Version

The British Monarchy: The Official Web Site

The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes (Bartelby.com)

Trace historical changes in word meaning at Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME). "LEME searches and displays word-entries from monolingual English dictionaries, bilingual lexicons, technical vocabularies, and other encyclopedic-lexical works, 1480-1702" Subscription required. For an overview of Renaissance word meaning, see Ian Lancashire's prototype of LEME, Early Modern English Dictionaries Database (EMEDD).

The Forest of Rhetoric: A guide to the terms of classical and Renaissance rhetoric, by Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University.

Searchable database of  20,00 images from the Guildhall Library, London

Invitation to a Funeral: A Free-Style Jaunt Around Restoration London. A fun tour of Restoration London--lots of gossip!

Medieval and Early Modern Databank (MEMDB) (Rutgers)

The National Portrait Gallery's Collections Search (Smithsonian, D.C.)

Search the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London (UK)

The National Gallery, London: Collection Online

The New Baroque Deities: Image database of musicians and performers of the baroque opera.

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 to 1834: "A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court."

How did Shakespeare's plays sound? Find out at Proper Elizabethan Accents.

Renaissance Faire Index Page. Interesting and useful! Includes links to information on costuming, acting, etc.

The Spectator Project (Montclair State University): Follow links in left frame to specific months of publication.

The William Hogarth Archive


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SPECIFIC WRITERS AND TEXTS

(Check the Electronic Text Libraries above for additional suggestions)

Aristotle:

Aristotle's Poetics

Ben Jonson:

The Holloway Pages Ben Jonson Page

Christopher Marlowe:

The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe (Perseus Collection)

William Shakespeare:

The Folger Shakespeare Library

Internet Shakespeare Editions

MIT's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Very readable. Includes hyperlinks to glosses and a powerful search engine.

Royal Shakespeare Company Archives Performance Database (RSCPD) at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Shakespeare FAQ (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust)

The Shakespeare Institute Library, University of Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon

Touchstone: a research tool for Shakespeare research in the United Kingdom.

University of Virginia Shakespeare Resources

How did Shakespeare's plays sound? Find out at Proper Elizabethan Accents.

 

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