The following is a list of resources for students in English, and moves from English studies in general to literary studies and finally to Romanticism. I try to keep the links updated, but if you find that one has gone dead or moved, you can probably find its new location with a quick web search. Some resources, like the OED, are only accessible through a campus network or a proxy server. If you are off-campus, you can log into the Waterloo proxy server at the library’s “Connect from Home” page.
Dictionaries and Glossaries
- Oxford English Dictionary Online (requires log-in)
- Glossary of Literary Terms by Jack Lynch.
- Glossary of Rhetorical Terms at Kentucky Classics.
- A Dictionary of Sensibility, guideline to late-18th-century terms by graduate students at the University of Virginia.
- Dictionary of the Scots Language at the University of Dundee.
General Resource Pages
- Literary Studies: Literary Resources Page, maintained by Jack Lynch.
- Literary Theory: Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab with a variety of writing resources, including a quick guide to MLA Style)
- Writing Resources from the Waterloo Writing Centre
- MLA International Bibliography (via Waterloo proxy; requires log-in), database for searching for critical works on any topic by keyword.
- Hathi Trust, massive, fully searchable, collaborative digital repository (some features only available to institutional partners)
- Google Books: Advanced Search, allows searching for full-text books between specific dates; will return full text for many pre-1900 works, and searchable partial text for many in-copyright works.
- Representative Poetry Online, online poetry texts at the University of Toronto.
- Women Writers Project, project at Northeastern University
The Romantic Era: General Resources
- A good starting point would be Romanticism on the Net‘s guide to resources on Romanticism, which includes journals, online resources and databases, etc.
- Romantic Circles, wide range of Romantics resources, hosted by the University of Maryland.
- NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship), federation of web sites in 19th-century studies
- A Select Romanticism Bibliography by Nicholas Halmi, covering work on the period and on individual authors; last updated 2009, but very good for identifying standard editions, biographies, and landmark critical works on Romantic authors.
- Romantic Circles Praxis Series, peer-reviewed online journal.
- Romanticism on the Net, peer-reviewed online journal.
- The Hoarding, reports on Romantic and Victorian scholarship
Databases and Electronic Editions (18th-19th Century Literature and Culture)
- Early English Books Online (EEBO), full-text database (requires log-in)
- Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO), full-text database (requires log-in)
- British Fiction 1800-1829, database with information about the production, circulation, and reception of a wide range of works
- The Poetess Archive, resource on popular poetry and the “poetess” 1750-1900, edited by Laura Mandell
- The Bluestocking Archive, maintained by Elizabeth Fay
- Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition, offers facsimiles of Austen’s original manuscripts; under the general direction of Kathryn Sutherland.
- The Blake Archive, a massive collection of Blake’s illuminated work, edited by Morris Eaves, Robert Essick, and Joseph Viscomi. Also offers the full text of the standard Erdman edition of Blake’s writing.
- Lyrical Ballads: An Electronic Scholarly Edition sets e-text beside page images, for five different editions of Lyrical Ballads: 1798 Bristol, 1798 London, 1800 in 2 volumes; 1802 in 2 volumes; 1805 in 2 volumes. Also allows side-by-side viewing of any two pages in the archive. Edited by Bruce Graver and Ronald Tetreault.
- British Women Playwrights around 1800, edited by Thomas C. Chrochunis and Michael Eberle-Sinatra
- The Walter Scott Digital Archive at Edinburgh University Library.
- Women Poets of the Romantic Period, archive at U Colorado-Boulder
- British Women Romantic Poets, archive at U California-Davis.
- Women Romantic-Era Writers, archive maintained by Adriana Craciun
- Victorian Prose Archive, edited by Alfred J. Drake
- Victorian Women Writers Project, edited by Perry Willett
- The Rossetti Archive, complete writings and pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, under the general editorship of Jerome McGann.
- The Swinburne Project, works of Victorian poet Algernon Charles Swinburne; edited by John A. Walsh
- The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online, directed by John van Whye
- Dickens Journals Online, including serializations of Dickens’s own novels and those by Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins; led by John Drew
Ballad Studies, Poetry, and Song
- Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, including images and sound files.
- English Broadside Ballad Archive at UC Santa Barbara
- Roud Folk Song Index
- The Traditional Ballad Index at CSU Fresno.
- Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border via Walter Scott Digital Archive (Edinburgh)
- Ballads Online project at the National Library of Wales
- “The Word on the Street” (Broadsides at the National Library of Scotland)
- The Full English digital archive (folk songs, tunes, dances)
- Penn Sound: Project of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at U Penn
- Poets on Poets: Audio series at Romantic Circles
- Allen Ginsberg Sings William Blake at Penn Sound
- Romantic-Era Songs archive at San Jose State University
- Robert Burns Songs by Kev Thompson
- Hogg’s Jacobite Reliques (via my Youtube channel)