WR150: Modern and Contemporary American Poetry

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Suggested Databases

Contemporary Authors
 A bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields.

Humanities Fulltext
Description: Humanities full text includes many of the most important academic journals in the humanities with the full text of articles from over 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, and high-quality indexing for almost 700 journals–of which 470 are peer-reviewed–dating as far back as 1984. The database provides coverage of feature articles, interviews, bibliographies, obituaries, and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and book reviews, as well as reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, radio and television programs, plays, operas, and more.

Description: Provides page images of back issues of the core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and basic sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication. Users may browse by journal title or discipline, or may search the full-text or citations/abstracts. New issues of existing titles and new titles are added approximately on a weekly basis.

Literature Online
Description: A virtual library containing works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, full-text literature journals, and key literary criticism and reference resources.

MLA International Bibliography
 Indexes critical materials on literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore. Provides access to citations from worldwide publications, including periodicals, books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations and bibliographies.

Project Muse
Description: Provides digital humanities and social sciences content for the scholarly community and is a source of complete, full-text versions of journals and monographs from many of the world’s leading university presses and scholarly societies.


Reference Works

Modernist Poetry

The Cambridge companion to modernist poetry

Alex Davis; Lee M Jenkins
2007; Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press; CambridgeCompanionsOnline



19th century American Poetry


Encyclopedia of American poetry. The nineteenth century
Eric L Haralson
2000; Cambridge eng. : ProQuest LLC



20th century American Poetry


Encyclopedia of American poetry. The twentieth century
Eric L Haralson
2001; Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn



American Poets

The Greenwood encyclopedia of American poets and poetry
Jeffrey Gray; James McCorkle; Mary McAleer Balkun
2006; Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press




Oxford Companion to 20th century poetry

The Oxford companion to twentieth-century poetry in English
Ian Hamilton; Oxford University Press.
2003; New York : Oxford University Press



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