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Medieval Travel Writing Collection of digital  manuscripts from the 13th to 16th centuries covering travel in fact and fantasy during the Middle Ages to the "Holy Land," China, and India. From major European research libraries, the manuscripts are in English, Latin, French, German, Dutch, and Spanish.  More info.

Literary Manuscripts (Berg Collection) - Victorian manuscript collection including the Brontës, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, and others. More info.

Victorian Popular Culture - Primary source materials covering entertainment in the UK and US in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Includes books, posters, periodicals, handbills, sheet music, video, and more. More info.

Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975 - Images of manuscript and rare printed material as well as photographs, ephemera and memorabilia. Includes such topics as the Arts, Lifestyles, Celebrities, Youth Culture, Student Protests, Civil Rights, Women’s Liberation, and more. More info.

Eighteenth Century Journals: A Portal to Newspapers and Peridicals, 1685-1835 - Items from Hope Collection (Bodleian Library) and other rare collections. More info.

Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape - Includes William Wordsworth's mansuscripts, notebooks, and correspondence with other key figures of Romantic Era. More info.

Early European Books provides facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources from Early Modern Europe, roughly 1450-1700. In multiple languages and covering multiple subjects and disciplines. More info

Nineteenth Century Collections Online, a database of  primary source collections of the long nineteenth century including a variety of formats. Of particular note is the archive European Literature 1790-1840 : the Corvey Collection which has more than 9,500 English, French and German titles.  More info

For complete lists of new books, and e-resources:

Click on links for call numbers and availability.

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    After Translation - Ignacio Infante
    Call Number: PN1059.T7 I54 2013
    ISBN: 9780823251780
    Publication Date: 2013

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    Against World Literature - Emily Apter
    Call Number: PN241 .A69 2013
    ISBN: 9781844679713
    Publication Date: 2013-06-04

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    How to Read Literature - Terry Eagleton
    Call Number: PN49 .E25 2013
    ISBN: 9780300190960
    Publication Date: 2013

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    World Literature - Theo D'Haen (Editor); Cesar Dominguez (Editor); Mads Rosendahl Thomsen (Editor)
    Call Number: PN441 .W67 2012
    ISBN: 9780415602983
    Publication Date: 2012-07-10


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