African-American American Asian-American Authors Books Online Children’s Lit Classics English Lit
Folklore and Legend Gateway sites Glossaries Gothic Latin American Literary Criticism Literary Movements Medieval
Mythology Native American Nature Writing Poetry Romanticism Science Fiction Women’s Lit World Lit

General Sites

African-American Literature

American Literature

Asian-American Literature

  • Amy Tan
    Collection of links to interviews, reviews, and essays.


Books – Online Full-text

  • Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts
    Search and display texts from this collection of items from Western philosophy, and American and English literature. You can also search the content of texts you’ve located.

Children’s Literature


English Literature

Folklore and Legends

  • Legends
    Covers many topics, including King Arthur, Robin Hood, fairy tales, Beowulf, and Shakespeare’s stories. Does not include Greek myths.
  • Folklore and Mythology: Electronic Texts
    A large collection of tales, categorized in several ways (human sacrifice, frog kings & princes, geographical area).


Gothic Literature

Latin American

Literary Criticism

  • Online Literary Criticism Collection
    The Internet Public Library’s links to 1300 critical and biographical sites on the WWW. Excellent resource.
  • SparkNotes
    Study guides for about 100 literature classics. Created by Harvard U students and alums. Similar to Cliff Notes, but available online with no charge.
  • Study Guides for Various Works
    Study guides created by Professor Paul Brians at Washington State U for classes he teaches.

Literary Movements and Genres

  • Literary Movements
    A useful site with information about movements such as travel narratives, Calvinism, Salem Witch Trials. Includes an American literature timeline and information on American authors.

Medieval Literature


Native American Literature

Nature Writing



Science Fiction and Fantasy

Women’s Literature

World Literature