English Language and Literature

Nineteenth Century Collections Online

Alternative Titles
19th Century Collections Online
NCCO
Description

Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) is a multi-year global digitization and publishing program focusing on primary source collections of the long nineteenth century. The program includes a variety of content types--monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more--and unites them in one central, cross-searchable location. Content is being sourced from around the world: from national libraries; from academic and public libraries; and from a variety of special collections, archives, and repositories.

NCCO currently contains 4 collections: 

  • Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange
  • British Politics and Society
  • British Theatre, Music and Literature: High and Popular Culture
  • European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection
Type
Subject Gateway
Coverage
Nineteenth Century
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11677
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Black Drama: Second Edition

Description

NOTE: This product is the updated version of: http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/28611

Black Drama, now it its expanded second edition, contains the full text of more than 1,460 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 230 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard to find, or out of print. James Vernon Hatch, the playwright, historian, and curator of the landmark Hatch-Billops Collection, is the project’s editorial advisor. Over 40% of the collection consists of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins, Willis Richardson, Amiri Baraka, Randolph Edmonds, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.

Each play is extensively and deeply indexed, allowing both keyword and multi-fielded searching. The plays are accompanied by reference materials, significant ancillary information, a rich performance database, and images. The result is an exceptionally deep and unified collection that illustrates the many purposes that black theater has served: to give testimony to the ancient foundations of black culture; to protest injustices; to project emerging images of the New Black; and to give voice to the many and varied expressions of black creativity.

The works from early twentieth-century America include key writings of the Harlem Renaissance, works performed for the Federal Theatre Project, and plays by critically acclaimed dramatists through the 1940s. Included are the plays of Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Zora Neale Hurston, Ira Aldridge, Shirley Graham, W.E.B. Du Bois, Randolph Edmonds, Georgia Douglas Johnson, May Miller, Willis Richardson, Eulalie Spence, and many others. The plays address a wide range of struggles and triumphs, including migration to Northern cities, mothers keeping families together, exploitation by white land owners, interracial unity, racial violence, civil rights activism, and the black war hero.

American works from the later twentieth century cover the Black Arts movement of the sixties and seventies, works performed by the Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School (BARTS), The Negro Ensemble Company, and other companies. The collection includes plays by Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), James Baldwin, Ossie Davis, Charles Fuller, Ron Milner, Adrienne Kennedy, Anna Deavere Smith, Alice Childress, Charles Smith, Dael Orlandersmith, Ntozake Shange, Melvin Van Peebles, Joseph Walker, Richard Wesley, and August Wilson, to name a few. The plays explore themes including civil rights, desegregation, and a wide range of ideologies—integrationist and separatist, revolutionary and nationalist.

African and Caribbean drama is represented by a wide collection of plays from Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, the West Indies, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world. It includes works by writers such as David Edgecombe, Bode Sewande, Ngugi wa Thiong'o , Femi Osofisan, Zakes Mda, John Ruganda, Dennis Scott, Zulu Sofola, Paul Boakye, Errol John, Fatima Dike, Clifford Sealy, Joe de Graft, Richard Rive, Bole Butake, Matsemela Manaka, Errol Hill, and Derrick Walcott. The plays deal with the social and political ills stemming from colonialism, slavery, and apartheid; the struggle for independence; African history; and neocolonialism. Of particular interest is material written as “Township Theatre” in South Africa under apartheid and during the development of black grassroots urban theatre.

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11623
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Dictionary of Old English

Description

The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries (C.E. 600-1150) of the English language, using twenty-first century technology. The DOE complements the Middle English Dictionary (which covers the period C.E. 1100-1500) and the Oxford English Dictionary, the three together providing a full description of the vocabulary of English.  Under the direction of editors Angus Cameron, Ashley Crandell Amos, and Antonette diPaolo Healey.

The DOE is based on a computerized Corpus comprising at least one copy of each text surviving in Old English. The total size is almost five times the collected works of Shakespeare. The body of surviving Old English texts encompasses a rich diversity of records written on parchment, carved in stone and inscribed in jewelry. These texts fall into several categories: prose, poetry, glosses to Latin texts and inscriptions. In the prose in particular, there is a wide range of texts: saints' lives, sermons, biblical translations, penitential writings, laws, charters and wills, records (of manumissions, land grants, land sales, land surveys), chronicles, a set of tables for computing the moveable feasts of the Church calendar and for astrological calculations, medical texts, prognostics (the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of the horoscope), charms (such as those for a toothache or for an easy labour), and even cryptograms.

Type
Dictionary
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11561
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Brut Chronicle

Description

The celebrated Chronicles of England, or "Brut Chronicle", is the earliest prose chronicle in English and was the most popular history of England in the Middle Ages. The Chronicle traces the history of Britain from its earliest (mythical) time (Albinia), including stories of legendary kings such as Brutus of Troy (hence its name), Lear and Arthur, and is quite detailed for the period starting with the reign of Edward I.

Type
Images
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11483
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Poetry Here and Then

Alternative Titles
Poetry Here and Then, Bentley Historical Library
BHL Poetry
Description

A sampling of the papers of Michigan poets from various collections housed at the Bentley Historical Library, featuring handwritten and typed manuscripts, letters and essays as well as photographs, sketches, certificates and other personal items.

Type
Images
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11471
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Dustbooks eDirectories

Alternative Titles
International Directory of Little Magazines & Small Presses
Directory of Poetry Publishers
Directory of Small Press/Magazine Editors & Publishers
Small Press Record of Books in Print
Description

Online searchable indexes to and directories of authors, editors, publishers, and titles in poetry and small press publishing. Includes four unique databases which must be searched independently:

  • International Directory of Little Magazines & Small Presses
  • Directory of Poetry Publishers
  • Directory of Small Press/Magazine Editors & Publishers
  • Small Press Record of Books in Print

Type
Directory
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11439
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Complete Works and Letters of Jane Austen

Description

Contains full text of:

  • Jane Austen's Letters. Collected and edited by Deirdre Le Faye. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Austen-Leigh, J. E. A Memoir of Jane Austen, and other family recollections. Edited with an introduction and notes by Kathryn Sutherland. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • The Novels of Jane Austen. Text based on collation of the early editions, by R. W. Chapman. 3rd ed. with revisions. London: Oxford University Press, 1980-1982. The works included in The Novels of Jane Austen are:
    • Vol. 1: Sense and Sensibility
    • Vol. 2: Pride and Prejudice
    • Vol. 3: Mansfield Park and Lovers' Vows, a play
    • Vol. 4: Emma
    • Vol. 5: Northanger Abbey and Persuasion
    • Vol. 6. Minor Works: Juvenilia; Lady Susan; Fragments of novels (The Watsons, Sanditon); Plan of a novel; Opinions of Mansfield Park and Emma; Verses; Prayers
Type
E-Book(s)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11401
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Milton: A Bibliography (1624-1799)

Description
An extensive revision and continuation of his Milton: A Bibliography for the Years 1624-1700 (1984). The bibliography includes manuscripts and editions of Milton's works, studies and critical statements concerning Milton's life and works, allusions and quotations, and significant imitations, during the years 1624-1799.
Type
Database
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11397
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Bibliography of English Women Writers, 1500-1640

Description
A comprehensive record of scholarship on 738 known women writers and their texts, canonical and non-canonical. Including already familiar figures (e.g., Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart) as well as less-known and hitherto unknown English women writers--refugees such as women recusants, women in the colonies, Marrano women (Anusot), and women translators and English women writers in French, Greek, Latin, Spanish, Gaelic and Welsh.
Type
Database
Encyclopedia
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11395
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African Writers Series

Alternative Titles
Heinemann African Writers Series
Description
The African Writers Series offers access to key works from the highly acclaimed Heinemann's African Writers Series. This series provides seminal works from the canon of African literature of the twentieth century, covering such authors as Nelson Mandela, Chinua Achebe, Tayeb Salih, Steve Biko, Ama Ata Aidoo, Nadine Gordimer, and Buchi Emecheta. Influential stories, along with drama and poetry, are fully searchable and richly indexed. Author biographies are included. The African Writers Series is indexed and designed for readers and researchers at every level, offering full-text access to the most important African literary works from the past four decades. Researchers are able to perform textual analyses of distinguished African novels and short stories together with an extensive collection of poetry, drama, and non-fiction. Researchers will also enjoy detailed indexing, high levels of textual accuracy and powerful search capabilities, as well as, a full gallery of book covers from the landmark print series. The African Writers Series is also available integrated within Literature Online, offering users cross-searching with 355,000 other literary works and critical and reference material support.
Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11273
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