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Research Guide to Literary Criticism: Web Sources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for finding literary criticism


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These are open-access websites: Great Books Online
Full text books of verse, fiction, essays, and literary analysis

Los Angeles Review of Books
Reviews, essays and interviews 

Modern American Poetry
Online journal and multimedia companion to the Anthology of Modern American Poetry

The Modern English Collection
Free, full text of historical literary works from the University of Virginia electronic text center

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature
A resource and research guide from Prof. Paul P. Reuben at California State University, Stanislaus

PBS American Masters: Literature
Companion pages for PBS's American Masters series

PBS Newshour: Poetry Series
Poetry, poetry news, and readings of poetry from PBS
Information about poets and poetry from the Academy of American Poets, including full text of poems and essays on poetry, as well as audio recordings and video files

Project Gutenberg
Full text of over 57,000 free electronic books

Representative Poetry Online
Includes poetry by over 700 poets spanning the last 1400 years, as well as biographical information and criticism

The Victorian Web
Information about literature, history, and culture in the age of Victoria

Writing in Literature
Resources on literary terms, literary theory, schools of criticism, and much more

TED Talk

C.K. Williams: Poetry for all seasons of life

Poet C.K. Williams reads his work at TED2001. As he colors scenes of childhood resentments, college loves, odd neighbors and the literal death of youth, he reminds us of the unique challenges of living (23:18). 

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