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French Language & Literature

  • ARTFL (American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language)
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    A compendium of French texts, mostly from the Renaissance-20th century.
  • Corpus de la Literature Francophone d'Afrique noire des Origines aux Independances
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    This collection contains the complete text of written and oral literary works from the origins to the independence of French-speaking Black Africa (end 18th century - 1960).
  • Corpus de la littérature médiévale des origines au 15e siècle
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    Almost 900 complete works constitute this perfect first library for the period of the Middle Ages, here defined as going from the 9th to the 15th century. The four literary fields concerned and specific to that period are : narrative prose fiction, chanson de geste, poetry and theatre (religious and profane). The editions chosen for the Corpus of medieval literature are, following Classiques Garnier Numérique principles of electronic editing, those of the best editors : Honoré Champion, Droz, Société des Anciens Textes français, etc.
  • Corpus de la littérature narrative du Moyen Âge au 20e siècle
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    The Corpus of narrative literature gives online access to more than 1,000 narrative works (novels, tales, short stories).From Chrétien de Troyes to Alain-Fournier and Marcel Proust, the Corpus de la littérature narrative brings together the greatest authors and the greatest works of the last eight centuries and offers the possibility to cross-search them in simple and complex ways.It is both a basic and a specialised library that covers all French study-programs from the High school to University (ordinary and competitive examinations). Moreover, specialists and researchers will find texts with appropriate bibliographical references edited according to the rules of scientific publishing.
  • Corpus de la première littérature francophone de l'Océan Indien, écrite et orale, des origines aux Indépendances
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    This Corpus gives access, as completely as possible, to the whole of Francophone written and oral literature from the Indian Ocean, from the origins (18th century) to Independence (1960, or death of authors).The literary production of the countries of the Indian Ocean was considerable as early as the 18th century in Reunion Island and Mauritius, and the 20th century was particularly rich for Madagascan literature. In the 18th and 19th centuries a number of these works were published on local printing presses by local editors and their distribution was limited. Some editions are now known only by rare copies in a few libraries, in private collections or in family archives in the native country.
  • Dictionnaire historique de l'ancien langage français depuis son origine jusqu'au siècle de Louis XIV
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    The Historical dictionary of old French langage by Jean-Baptiste de La Curne de Sainte-Palaye is "an incomparable tool for the in-depth study of ancient French vocabulary" (Gilles Roussineau, wordly recognized specialist in Ancient french studies). The Historical dictionary by La Curne de Sainte-Palaye, with its 60 000 entries, is an irreplaceable instrument for studies on Ancient French vocabulary. The exceptional intuitions of La Curne and his elucidation of meanings, the classification of the different connotations of a word, his constant attention to rare words and to locutions, adverbs, proverbs of Ancient and Middle French, make this dictionary an irreplaceable work of reference.
  • Flaubert
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    From the Université de Rouen, this detailed site includes biographical, iconographical, and bibliographical details on the published and unpublished works of Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) as well as the eponymous journal. It incudes the complete text as well as 4,500 newly transcribed manuscript pages for his masterpiece, Madame Bovary (1857).
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
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    Contains encyclopedias and reference books in a variety of subjects.
  • Grand Corpus des littératures française et francophone, du Moyen Âge au 20e siècle
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    In total, more than 14,000 texts can be searched simultaneously; about 300 authors’ complete works are represented in this corpus.
  • Literature Criticism Online
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    LCO is comprised of 10 collections of English-language scholarly and popular commentary on literary works in most languages ranging from the classical to Shakespeare to contemporary publications. Covers not only novels but also poetry, short stories, and drama. Entries are in-depth and include bibliographies. Search by key words, author, title, or browse by works, authors, and topics.
  • Literature Online (LION)
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    A fully searchable library of over 355,000 works of English and American literature, overseen by an academic Advisory Board.
  • MLA International Bibliography
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    Index to scholarly publication in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from over 4000 journals and series published worldwide. Indexing only: no full text.
  • Oxford Dictionaries Online
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    OLDO provides fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials. It features over 4 million words, phrases, and translations. Includes Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish into and out of English with pronounciation software.
  • Oxford Reference Online
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    The Core Collection brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable resource.
  • Oxford Text Archive
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    The Oxford Text Archive (OTA) collects, catalogues, preserves and distributes high-quality digital electronic texts and other literary and language resources for research and teaching. It currently holds thousands of texts in more than 25 different language (e.g., Middle High German, Ancient Greek, and Sanskrit).
  • PERSEE - Portail de revues scientifiques en sciences humaines et sociales
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    Established by the French Ministry of State Education, Higher Education and Research, Persée is a portal for 60 full-text French scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities. The journals begin with vol.1, and a number of them date from the 19th century.
  • Roman de la Rose Digital Library
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    A joint project of the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.The goal of the Roman de la Rose Digital Library is to create a digital library of all extant manuscript copies of the Roman de la Rose, of which at least 270 are known to exist. We expect to have full digital surrogates of about 150 of these manuscripts available here by the end of 2009.
  • Stendhal's Manuscripts
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    French novelist Stendhal, né Marie-Henri Beyle, was born in Grenoble in 1783 and died in Paris in 1842. This growing collection of his manuscripts includes new transcripts and annotations by literary scholars is from the Université Stendhal in Grenoble and Grenoble's public library. Unfortunately, the manuscripts of 2 of his most famous novels, Le Rouge et le noir (The Red and the Black), 1830 and La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma), 1839 are not included as the original drafts no longer exist.