Medieval and Renaissance Literature Resources
(Image: An Allegory of the Old and New Testaments, Hans Holbein the Younger, circa early 1530s)
Online Databases: Available to LUC students for free through the LUC Libraries website are several online databases, listed below, that contain medieval and renaissance archival materials and books. Secondary sources on medieval and renaissance literature and history are available on databases such as JSTOR and Project Muse.
|European Language & Literature||European History|
Aristoteles Latinus Database
Database of Latin Dictionaries
Library of Latin Texts
Brill's Companions in Classical Studies Online
Loeb Classical Library
Oxford Classical Dictionary, 4th Ed
Archive of Celtic-Latin Literature
Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
Dictionary of Old English
Old English Corpus
Dictionary of Old English: A to H
Benson's Glossarial DataBase of Middle English
Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse
Middle English Compendium
Goldsmiths'- Kress Library of Economic Literature, 1450-1850
Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art
Index of Medieval Art
Making of Modern Law: Trials 1600-1926
Bibliographie de Civilisation Medievale
Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Bibliography of British and Irish History
Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition
Monumenta Germaniae Historica
European Views of America: 1493-1750
Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895
|Literature & Drama||Religious History & General Study|
Early English Books Online (EEBO)
Cambridge Companions Online
Gale Primary Sources
Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare
First Folio of Shakespeare
Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
Oxford Scholarly Editions Online: New Oxford Shakespeare
ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials
Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie Ecclésiastiques
Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts
King James Bible
Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation
ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
Encyclopedia of Islam
International Medieval Bibliography (IMB)
Oxford Bibliographies Online: Medieval Studies
Oxford Bibliographies Online: Renaissance and Reformation
Besides searching for medieval and renaissance texts in Google Books, consult:
Local Research Institutions: The Jesuitica Collection and other early modern books are held at the LUC Archives and Special Collections on the 2nd floor of Cudahy Library, LSC. Items in these collections are available for consultation by appointment only.
Chicago's Newberry Library contains hundreds of medieval and renaissance primary sources, as outlined in Paul Saenger’s Catalogue of the Pre-1500 Western Manuscript Books at the Newberry Library (University of Chicago Press, 1989). Guides to Pre-1500 European Manuscripts and Post-1500 European Manuscripts are also available online, as is a bibliography of publications about the Newberry’s Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts.
The Newberry's Center for Renaissance Studies works with an international consortium of universities in North America and Europe. It offers a wide range of scholarly programs and digital and print publications based in the Newberry collections, and provides a locus for a community of scholars who come from all over the world to use the library’s early manuscripts, printed books, and other materials. Additionally, the institution holds an annual book fair every summer which contains books on medieval and renaissance literature and history for sale at average or reduced prices.
Northwestern University's library in Evanston contains the Herskovits Library of African Studies and the British Library's Royal African Company documents (T70) in microfilm, detailing the early modern origins of the transatlantic slave trade.
International Research Institutions: The British Library, the Bodleian Library, Trinity College Library, the Huntington Library, UC Berkeley Library, Folger Shakespeare Library.
Notable Conferences: International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS - Kalamazoo), International Medieval Congress (IMC -Leeds), Medieval Academy of America (MAA), International Arthurian Society (IAS), Medieval Chronicle Society (MCS), International Medieval Society (IMS), The Texas Medieval Association (TMA), Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies (VCMS), Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (CSRS), Annual Meeting of Renaissance Society of America (AMRSA), Shakespeare Association of America (SAA), Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW), Renaissance Conference of Southern California (RCSC), Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (SCSC), Reading Early Modern Studies Conference (REMSC), the Comparative Drama Conference (CDC), Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA).
The Early Modern Commons often posts CFPs for conferences, seminars, workshops, and book collections.
The McElroy Shakespeare Festival: Every spring semester, faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students attend the McElroy Shakespeare Festival in Mundelein's Newhart Family Theatre to watch actors from LUC's Department of Performing and Fine Arts enact several Shakespeare scenes during a keynote lecture by a visiting scholar. During the fall semester, graduate students will have the chance to apply for the position of the McElroy publicity assistant for the next celebration.
The Medieval Studies program at LUC often holds talks by visiting scholars focusing on various topics in medieval literature and history and other events in collaboration with various university departments.
TEACHING and RESEARCH TOOLS:
Shakespeare Online: Students and instructors can find information about Shakespeare on this website.
Teaching Association for Medieval Studies (TEAMS): Besides providing ideas on teaching medieval studies, the website also supports a peer-reviewed online journal, The Once and Future Classroom, dedicated to encouraging and facilitating medieval studies at all levels of instruction, including at the college level. This journal is for anyone interested in the teaching of any area related to the study of the Middle Ages.
TES: Several avenues for teachers to pursue when teaching Shakespeare are available on this website.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: All of Shakespeare's plays and poetry are available on this website.
The Folger Shakespeare Library website contains several pages of Classroom Resources for teachers of English Renaissance drama.