Mining Co. Fiction Guide
The Mining Company
Although not as comprehensive as The Mining Company's poetry guide,
the fiction guide is still a valuable online resource. The site catalogs
well over 100 links in categories such as banned books, book reviews,
criticism, interviews, and women writers. The Fiction Finds and E-Zine
categories appear to be the most extensive here. In the former, fiction
fans will find 40 links to both classic and contemporary, well-known
and new fiction. The latter contains 38 links to a variety of online
magazines. The Niche Fiction section is also useful. It contains 33
links to sites dedicated to regional and ethnic literature, as well
as periods, movements, and projects.
This "guide for avid readers" is well done and contains an ample reservoir
of information. The site houses over 2,000 archived book reviews and
adds 10 new reviews each week. The reviews are conveniently indexed
by category, such as Historical Fiction, Detective/Mystery Fiction,
General Fiction, and Speculative Fiction. The site looks several months
ahead, as well, and provides detailed information on forthcoming titles.
Also of interest are the 100 links to author's home pages and an ever-expanding
Literary Criticism Collection
David S. Carter, Director
The IPL Online Literary Criticism Collection serves as a gateway to
1584 critical and biographical websites about authors and their works.
The site is user-friendly and allows researchers to browse by author,
by title, and by literary period. The site's catalog covers British
Literature (including Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and the British Colonies)
from pre-1500 to the 20th century and American literature from 1600
to the 20th century. Although the links are not annotated, the IPL does
state that they "are selected with some thought to their overall usefulness."
Adam Wilner, President
This site distinguishes itself as one of the best venues for audio enhanced
fiction on the Internet. Book Radio features full-length Real Audio
interviews with major authors and clips of the authors reading from
their works. Recently spotlighted fiction writers include Margaret Atwood,
David Leavitt, and Edna O'Brien. Although a plethora of fiction writers
and their works can be found here, the site is not exclusively dedicated
to the genre. In fact, the selections appear to run the book market
gamut and cover a variety of tastes and styles, such as non-fiction
Electronic Archives for Teaching the American Literatures
Georgetown University & D.C. Heath Publishing Company
This fledgling archive is not only a valuable resource for teaching
materials, but is also an excellent place for teachers to generate new
ideas. The Electronic Archives for Teaching the American Literatures
houses a wide variety of information, including essays on teaching the
American literatures, collaborative bibliographies in American literature
and culture studies, and discussions of core issues in teaching the
American literatures. The site also includes a section of course syllabi,
assignments, and pedagogical strategies covering such topics as African-American
literature, the American Renaissance, and literature by women. (At the
time of review, approximately 20 syllabi were available). In addition,
the site also contains 13 past issues of the Heath Anthology of American
Literature Newsletter (1989-1995).
University of California, Santa Barbara English Department
This site claims distinction in that it provides teaching material while
preserving historical literary documents. The growing collection of
syllabi used to teach the novel includes both contemporary courses and
courses taught in the early 1900s. The site's authors outline its purpose
in the following manner: 1.) "A record of cultural capital investments
in the novel in British and American academics"; 2.) "A context for
the reception and production of novels in English"; and 3.) "A resource
from which teachers of the novel can critique their performance." The
archive includes 10 syllabi from the 1910s, 3 syllabi from the 1920s,
1 from the 1980s, and 14 from the 1990s. Several of the contemporary
syllabi include writing assignments, discussion questions, and quizzes.
Georgetown University/American Studies Association
Dynamic syllabi (as this site defines them) surpass the traditional
online syllabi by serving "as online platforms upon which to stage,
manage, or enhance a course." They vary in their complexity, but may
include various electronic resources, instructors' notes, exercises
and assignments, course projects, virtual exhibitions, links between
course readings and Web resources, and students' projects. This site
features 17 literature related dynamic syllabi that cover a variety
of courses, such as surveys of American literature, American science
fiction, and industrialization's impact on 20th century American narratives.
Also of general interest are dynamic syllabi from other fields, including
Cultural Studies, the Fine Arts, and History.
American Authors on the Web
This home page of a Japanese professor of English literature indexes
well over 1000 links to sites providing biographical information on,
criticism about, and online texts of English language authors. American
authors (1550-1950), 19th century British authors, and contemporary
British and Irish authors have the most extensive catalogs, which are
indexed by time period. This is a plain, yet very useful, site.
This well-designed site showcases "new media poetry and fictionÛindigenously
electronic work that couldn't be realized in print." Hypertext is a
staple at Word Circuits, but the journal also challenges the boundaries
of cybertext with works that manipulate the technology in more daring
ways, such as text-generating algorithms and animated text. The HTLit
Column delves into the critical and theoretical aspect of hypertext
with essays on topics ranging from thematic transformation to the dangers
of software obsolescence. In addition, the journal maintains a directory
of links to over 50 original hypertext works and authors' homepages,
13 online magazines, 11 collections/archives, and 3 multi-author collaborations.
Also of interest is a section titled "The Tool Drawer," which contains
workshops. This is a thoughtful, intelligent, and entertaining site.
The Percepticon Corporation
Beehive is a sleek, graphic-intensive hypertext journal which debuted
in May of 1998. In addition to fiction and poetry, the journal publishes
contemporary theory and provides a links directory. The directory contains
11 art related links (museums, galleries, artists, organizations, etc.),
50 literary related links (literary journals, hypertext fiction sites,
and individual authors), and 17 critical theory related links. A future
Beehive project to look out for is Quattrocento, a collaborative art
historical hypertext that focuses on 15th century Florentine sculpture.
Concordance of Great Books
This amazing online database contains the full text of 200 books, such
as Wuthering Heights, War of the Worlds, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Tess of
the d'Ubervilles, Moby Dick, Middlemarch, Great Expectations, and The
Bible. The concordance search engine will scour a selected work and
pinpoint one or two words of your choice. Each of the search results
is then displayed as a single line of truncated text. The user may choose
to view either 800, 5000, 10000, or 20000 words of the surrounding text.
The search engine is lightning fast and the interface is extremely user-friendly.
This site is an indispensable and unique research tool, and just plain
Jason Snell, Editor
InterText is a bi-monthly fiction magazine that publishes stories that
range from mainstream to horror to fantasy to science fiction to humor.
This site boasts a clean design and intriguing cover art. There are
approximately 45 issues of InterText archived on the site, and each
issue usually features 4 stories. Contributors appear to be from all
walks of life, and many contribute on a regular basis. Lots of short
stories to explore here, some better than others, but definitely worth
Syllabi and Other Course Materials for Literature Classes http://www.english.upenn.edu/~jlynch/syllabi.html
This site contains over 150 links to syllabi that "make real use of
the Web," not just a course description and reading assignments. The
links are broken up into 11 categories, the most extensive being the
General section (43 links, many of which are for survey courses) and
the 20th Century section (15 links). Other categories include Classical
and Biblical, Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration & 18th Century, Romantic,
Victorian British, 19th Century, American, and Composition. The only
drawback here is that the links are not annotated. Otherwise, this site
proves to be an extensive and well-organized teaching resource.
The Atlantic Unbound
The Atlantic Monthly Company
The "Books" section of the online version of The Atlantic Monthly is
most impressive for its interviews with fiction authors. Each week,
a different writer is featured with a short story and an interview.
The archive contains 20 past stories and interviews with such writers
as Richard Bausch, E. Annie Proulx, and Cynthia Ozick. Also of interest
are the insightful book reviews, which include recent macro-reviews
from the print magazine and a plethora of archived brief reviews. Moreover,
the site also contains classic reviews, such as an 1861 review of Charles
Dickens' Great Expectations and a 1893 review of George Eliot's Middlemarch.
This is a professionally produced site with superb fiction and reviews.
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century http://digital.nypl.org/schomburg/writers_aa19/
The New York Public Library
This nicely designed text archive houses 52 published works written
by African American Women authors prior to 1920. The works include poetry,
fiction, biography, autobiography, and essays. There are six fiction
pieces included in the collection: Alice Dunbar-Nelson's Violets and
Other Tales and The Goddess of St. Rocque, Frances E. W. Harper's Lola
Leroy, Pauline E. Hopkins' Contending Forces‡ A. E. Johnson's The Hazeley
Family, and Emma Dunham Kelly's Megda. Users may browse the archive
by author or search by key word.
Seeing Ear Theater
Part of the SciFi.com site, Seeing Ear Theater is a virtual feast for
science fiction connoisseurs. In addition to the real-time fiction readings
that take place every other Monday, the site also contains an abundance
of audio archives. There are of 30 past readings available in Real Audio
format, as well as 25 commercial recordings, which include Edgar Allen
Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" and Franz Kafka's "The Country Doctor."
In addition, the site offers a taste of Americana by providing 23 vintage
radio series programs, such as H. G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds."
Most of the audio files here range in playing time from 15 minutes to
1 hour. This site is sleekly designed and easy to navigate, and the
quality and quantity of the science fiction is the best on the Internet.
Native Literature Course Syllabi
Maintained by a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee faculty member, this
site makes available 15 undergraduate and graduate syllabi for topics
pertaining to Native American Literature. Course titles include "Traditions
and Renewal in Native American Literature," "North American Indian Women
Writers," and "Lakota/Dakota Texts." Although the syllabi do not provide
writing assignments, exams, or quizzes, they are still a valuable resource
for teachers interested in developing their own Native Literature class.
Ron Hogan, Editor/Publisher
Updated monthly, this site is essentially an interview archive with
a journal feel. Beatrice contains close to 100 interviews with fiction
and non-fiction writers, biographers, and journalists. Of particular
interest is the "Young Authors" section which features interviews with
emerging voices, such as Frank Baldwin and Diana Atkinson. Beatrice
also offers interviews with some of the best women and gay writers publishing
Bradford Morrow, Editor
This online companion to the literary journal Conjunctions displays
the same high standards as its print counterpart. As the editors state,
Conjunctions provides "a forum for the. . .writers and artists whose
work challenges accepted forms and modes of expression, experiments
with language and art, and is fully realized art." The site provides
fiction samplings from current and past issues of the print version.
There are some big names here, such as Joyce Carol Oates, Jeffrey Eugenides,
and David Foster Wallace. The Audio Vault houses 23 Real Audio archives
of fiction writers and poets reading their work, as well as musical
arrangements and collaborations. This site has a lot to offer, especially
to those who are searching for inventive and intelligent work.
Alt-X publishes cutting edge fiction, poetry, and criticism, and as
the editor puts it, this is "where the digerati meet the literati."
This site is chocked full of experimental fiction. The Holo-X section
takes hypertext to another level by rendering a 3-D storyworld environment
that includes original audio tracks and an interactive navigational
system. The Black Ice Fiction section showcases work that "is modeled
after the great avant-garde literary writing of the past." The archive
contains over 50 stories, none of which are any where close to being
tame. Alt-X audio houses 11 radio shows that fuse experimental music,
fiction, and poetry. This site is not the easiest to navigate and some
of the sections are slow to download, but the trouble proves to be worth
it. The work here exhibits a hard-nosed and uncompromising vision.
This user-friendly site contains plenty of information for both readers
and writers of fiction. For readers, Pure Fiction offers a well stocked
review archive that boasts over 100 reviews and a growing section of
interviews with well and lesser known authors. The site also contains
previews that highlight soon to be published books; however, it appears
the section has not been updated in some time. Writers can find both
critical and practical assistance at Pure Fiction. There are several
essays on writing, such as "Plotting a Novel" and "Seven Suggestions
for Writing a Novel." Moreover, contact information is made available
for over 100 US and UK publishers and agents.
Cahners Business Information
This trade industry site serves the everyday reader, as well as those
involved in publishing and library science. Readers will find a wealth
of informative reviews at Book Wire, as it is a home to both The Boston
Book Review and The Hungry Mind Review. The site also features Publishers
Weekly bestseller lists three days before they appear in print. Also
of interest are the classified ads and over 7000 links to industry-related
The New York Review of Books
Robert Silvers, Barbara Epstein, Editors
Since its beginning in 1963, The New York Review of Books has established
itself as a premiere literary and intellectual magazine. Its online
sibling keeps this tradition alive in cyberspace by featuring a sampling
of reviews each month from the well-respected print version. A massive
archive of reviews is under construction, and at the moment, reviews
from 1995 to the present are available. Soon, reviews dating all the
way back to the first issue in 1963 will be housed here.
Village Voice Literary Supplement
The Village Voice
The sleek online version of the Village Voice Literary Supplement proves
to be as hip as its print counterpart. One can find essays about and
reviews of some of the best contemporary fiction being written today,
as well as interviews with established and emerging writers. A definite
site to check out each month; the writing is always witty, lively, and
As the author notes, this site is dedicated to 20th century experimental
writers who tend to delve into a "multitudinous cross- referencing of
resources" and employ a prose style that exhibits "many winding paths
through a shifting veil of reality." The Libyrinth is a deftly designed
site and the writing is riddled with wit throughout. The core of the
site is in the archives section (which is continually growing). At the
moment, there are numerous pages devoted to James Joyce, Thomas Pynchon,
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, and Umberto
Eco. Here, one can find biographies, bibliographical information, criticism,
reviews, quotations, image galleries, links to online papers, and much,
much more. In addition, the Scriptorium section contains biographical,
bibliographical, and critical information on lesser known Libyrinth
writers, such as John Barth, William Gaddis, and Mervyn Peake. Overall,
this is an intriguing, beautiful, and smart site.