Links: Literature

Here, in chronological order, you will find links of interest for reading and teaching literature.


Voice of the Shuttle Literature Resources The first place to look for general sites on specific authors or works.

Norton Topics Online. Look for practice quizzes and background information

The Labyrinth General background on Medieval materials, includes Beowulf page. Sponsored by Georgetown University.

Luminarium is a comprehensive collection of material from Medieval to the Restoration.

Jack Lynch’s Eighteenth Century Pages: An excellent source of links on all subjects, including literature.

See also Jack Lynch’s Romantic Pages

Literary Links to Romanticism An excellent resource for students: check out her advice on what information you need to do an in-depth discussion of a text. Lots of links to other sites.

The Romantic Page

Romantic Links

Romantic Circles Very comprehensive web of resources on the major figures.

The Victorian Web An extremely useful database on most major authors, with good background information on Victorianism

Links for the Study of 20th Century Literature

By Period and Subject:


“Why read Beowulf?” The question is answered in this readable short essay.

Beowulf Home Page. Notes and background information by Dr. Rosemary Allen of Georgetown College.

Beowulf in Hypertext. From McMaster University – there is an annotated translation available, historical background, summary of episodes and review quiz.

Beowulf on Steorarum (Beowulf in Cyberspace). This doesn’t look like an academic site but it is. Lots of good material to be found.


The Chaucer Metapage. This site has it all: links to other good sites, a page of audio files, e-texts and more.

The Harvard Chaucer Homepage. That just about sums it up!

And here on the site is a list of interlinear translations of the tales

Electronic edition of the General Prologue with annotations and links to other material

King Arthur (good for Lanval, Sir Gawain, Malory)

King Arthur and the Matter of Britain. Extensive resources on all things Arthurian.

Marie de France

The Marie de France Society Homepage


Prof. Mary-Ann Andrade’s excellent background notes on SGGK


The Malory Society page: pretty, but doesn’t have a lot of substance on first visit.

Arthurian Legends Illustrated (look for the famous image of Guinevere being rescued from the stake)


The Edmund Spenser Home Page provides all your hearts could desire.

Spenser’s Letter to Walter Raleigh (yes, “that” Walter Raleigh), outlining his intentions on writing the Faerie Queene

Christopher Marlowe

Luminarium page on Kit Marlowe, with extensive material on Dr. Faustus

Links related to the Faust theme

Video clips from the play (you’ll need Quicktime to view)


UVic Writer’s Guide, on Sonnets

The Sonnet Page

A guide to Shakespeare’s Sonnets

The Amazing Website of Shakespeare’s Sonnets


Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet: probably the best and most comprehensive site.

Absolute Shakespeare: not madly scholarly, but has lots of basic and useful information

Online Concordance: Search for words, phrases, images – lots of fun!


The Donne Page on the Luminarium site is really the best, and has links to other resources.

Jonathan Swift

Gulliver’s Travels Page A variety of information, including timelines, bibliography, texts and quotes.

Alexander Pope

Pope’s “Key”to “The Rape of the Lock”

William Blake

at the Tate
a brilliant website with a wealth of information

William Blake Helpfile a collection of background information on the poems and on Blake’s life.

The William Blake Archive self explanatory

William Wordsworth

There is a ton of information on Wordsworth. Check out the views of the Lake District available via Voice of the Shuttle. A couple of the better sites are

TCG’s Wordsworth Page

The William Wordsworth Page

Guide to Tintern Abbey

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Coleridge Archive is a good place to start

Samuel Taylor “Estese” Coleridge: a tongue-in-cheek but nevertheless comprehensive biography.

Bysshe Shelley

Alas! There is nothing extra special
on PBS; more about Mary. Perhaps there’s a project for me one day …
Anyway, there is a chronology
with references to other important events for romanticism.


There are some nice snippets
(including a recording of a nightingale!) available through Voice
of the Shuttle, but again, one day someone needs to do a full
scale page on him. Do check out the Keats-Shelley

Scott Rothermel’s “La
Belle Dame Sans Merci”
site: created by a student in
English 282. Note the lovely Pre-Raphaelite painting page, links
to a couple of useful journal articles, and other useful links
as well as some light but cogent commentary.

Ed Friedlander’s “La
Belle Dame Sans Merci”
site: well worth a look. Has some
excellent links as well as intelligent discussion.

Gordon, Lord Byron


Frankenstein Study
This is an
absolutely terrific site that includes almost everything you need to know or
think about in discussing Frankenstein, including an FAQ. There
are some essays here that you could use as the starting point for a paper.

Lord Tennyson

The Tennyson Page
A fairly comprehensive site, with some recordings of the poems
for those with the technology to access them.

Take a look at John Waterhouse’s
beautiful PreRaphaelite painting of The
Lady of Shalott

And for another view, look at Holman Hunt’s
, expressing the underlying passion

Here is an mp3

file of Loreena McKennit’s version of the Lady of Shalott to music.

Algernon Charles Swinburne

The Swinburne
on the Victorian Web is a good place to start; note that
he falls under the sub-category “decadence”!


An excellent “Caliban
Upon Setebos”

Barrett Browning

Start with the Victorian
(again – but why reinvent the wheel?)


And go back to the Victorian
Web for their overview
of Goblin Market

Manley Hopkins

Start at the excellent
Gerard Manley
Hopkins resource page


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