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Comparative Literature

Research Guide to support Comparative Literature at Washington University.

Subject Librarian

Brian Vetruba
Olin Library, Level 1; Rm. 124
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Office hrs. for Fall 2014: Tuesdays, 11am-12noon, Ridgley 319; and by appt.
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We're eager to hear what you need! Please email Brian with any of your recommendations or fill out the appropriate form: books, DVDs ; journals.


Welcome to the Research Guide for Comparative Literature

The primary purpose of this research guide is to assist students and faculty in Washington University's Committee on Comparative Literature in conducting research; and using the Libraries' resources and services. Given the cross-national and interdisciplinary aspects of CompLit, you may also want to visit the other Subject Research Guides. In particular:

Recommended research guides to consult (click for list)

I hope you find this guide easy to use. Please email Brian Vetruba if you have any questions about this guide or anything related to the Libraries' services or resources

Selected New Resources -- Books, Guides, Databases

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.