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Resources for Comparative Literature
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Primary Databases

Comparative Literature is interdisciplinary, exploring the interrelations between national languages and literatures as well as the relationship of literature to other disciplines. The following focus on languages and literatures as such.

  • Literature Resource Center. A potpourri of biographical, bibliographical, critical, and contextual information on authors and their works, drawn from Gale publications and literary critical journals. Includes some French and German language articles.

Other databases

The following is an eclectic selection of databases whose usefulness depends upon the focus of your project. Others may be found in other subject guides, English or Foreign Languages and Literatures for example.

  • ACLS Humanities E-Book. A collection of e-books chosen by the most important disciplinary societies in their fields.
  • Black Drama. Contains approximately 1,200 plays by 201 playwrights, together with detailed information on related productions, theaters & production companies.
  • Early English Books Online. Full text photographic images of Titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) plus searchable texts produced by the Text Creation Project.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Full-text searchable facsimile pages of English-language and foreign-language books published in Britain and its colonies during the 18th century.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch. Full texts of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.
  • Index Islamicus. Indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world.
  • Music Index Online. Indexes more than international music periodicals covering nearly all styles and genres of music, including those that cross over to literature like opera and the ballad.
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega. Numerous Wilson indexes folded into one huge database, including the Essay and General Literature Index, Humanities Index, the Play Index and the Short Story Index.
  • Philosopher's Index. Covers all aspects of philosophy, where much literary theory originates.
  • PsycINFO. Indexes literature in psychology and related disciplines.

  • Sabin Americana, 1500-1926. Searchable full-text of works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's.

  • Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG). Searchable collection of all Greek texts surviving from the period between Homer (8th century B.C.) and A.D. 600 and the majority of surviving works up the fall of Byzantium in A.D. 1453.

  • Women's Studies International. Covers the core disciplines in Women's Studies, and the latest scholarship in feminist research, including feminist approaches to literary authors and works.

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