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Subject guide for Comparative Literature

On this page, you will find a selection of resources concerning comparative literature. You are welcome to contact us in case you need any help or if you have suggestions for additional information on the page.  

Reference works

  • The Literary Encyclopedia
    International encyclopedia on authors, publications, and topics in world literature. The content is also arranged by its historical context which enables search within historical topics and events. Continuously updated.
  • Literature Online
    Reference work concerning world literature, a text archive with classic fiction in English, access to the ‘Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature’ (ABELL), and access to a large number of full-text journals and introductions to literary classics (KnowledgeNotes Student Guides). For entry to KnowledgeNotes Student Guides, click ‘Reference Works’ and search for ‘knowledgenotes’.
  • Den Store Danske
    Danish general encyclopedia with many entries on specifically Danish matters.
  • Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism
    The reference work is a central source in literary theory and criticism. It includes a large number of entries on critics, theorists, critical schools, and movements within literary theory, aesthetics, philosophy, cultural studies etc.
  • Kindlers Literatur Lexicon
    The classic German lexicon on world literature. Enables search by author, publication, and literary information.
  • Oxford Reference Online
    A large collection of acknowledged encyclopedias and dictionaries within the English language, as well as English-to-French, Spanish, German, Italian, Latin, Irish and Welsh dictionaries. Furthermore, it includes collections of quotes, illustrations, maps, and historical timelines. It is suitable for references on classical texts through the many reference works on classical studies, as well as for references on children’s literature.
  • Medie- og Kommunikationsleksikon
    Lexicon in Danish of media and communication and the concepts and ideas connected to it.

Bibliographies

  • MLA International Bibliography
    References to articles and books within literature and language studies. Usually, the articles are available in full text. Covers European, Asian, American, and African languages and literary fields. MLA is one of the leading international bibliographies within the field.
  • Dansk Litteraturhistorisk Bibliografi
    Contains references to books and articles on Danish literature and Danish writers which have been published all over the world since 1967.
  • Bibliotek.dk
    National bibliography of all publications in Denmark dating back to 1841. Also contains catalogues of all Danish libraries (public and academic libraries).
  • Bibliography of Metaphor and Metonymy
    International bibliography which covers the term ‘metaphor’ widely. All articles have keywords, many also an abstract. The database is updated once a year.
  • The Danish National Research Database
    The Danish National Research Database. English version available. Bibliographic database with references to Danish research publications from especially Danish universities, but also from other schools, governmental research institutions, research councils, etc. Not covering 100%.
  • International African Bibliography
    International bibliography referring to literature about the African continent. The literature covers a wide field of the humanities and social science: anthropology, archaeology, philosophy, history, art, agriculture, politics, pedagogics, religion, languages, education, and economics.

Article Databases

  • Bibliotek.dk – Search for articles
    This Danish article database contains Danish newspaper and journal articles.
  • JSTOR
    Journal database with full-text access to the leading academic journals within all subject areas.
    NB: it is usually not possible to access the most recent 3-5 volumes, but it is possible to access publications before that – some journals even go back to the 16th-18th centuries.
  • Project Muse
    Journal database with full-text access to high quality journals within the humanities and social science. The database provides access to the most recent issues and sometimes to older issues (back issues) as well. Continuously updated.

Journals

E-books and online archives

  • Arkiv for Dansk Litteratur
    Archive for the classical Danish literature, mostly that of an older date. Each entry has information such as biography, bibliography, and a literary portrait of the author in question.
  • bokselskap.no
    E-book database with free access to a collection of classic Norwegian texts.
  • Cambridge Companions Online
    Online version of the acknowledged Cambridge Companions series meant for students. Contains introductions to classical and central authors, artists, philosophers, topics, and periods. Continuously updated with newly published works. The series dates back to 1986 and is published by Cambridge University Press.
  • Early European Books
    Archive with digitalized literature from before 1701 covering all subject areas. Gives access to a comprehensive selection of printed sources, regardless of language. The archive works as a supplement to Early English Books Online (EEBO) and is thus mostly concerned with non-English books. It contains precise searchable reproductions of the publications. Continuously updated and expanded.
  • Ebook Central 
    Multidisciplinary e-book database covering all subject areas, including many titles within literary history. The books, which are mainly in English, have been published through acknowledged publishers. Titles are regularly both added and removed.
  • Intelex Past Masters
    E-book database providing electronic access to classics within e.g. philosophy. Includes works of Fichte, Hegel, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Peirce, Schelling, Schopenhauer, and Wittgenstein.
  • Loeb Classical Library
    Grants access to the classical literature in Greek and Latin: epic and lyric poetry, tragedies, comedies, history, travel literature, philosophy, medicine, mathematics, biographies, etc. The texts are provided in their original language as well as a parallel translation into English.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online
    Grants access to a wide selection of books from Oxford University Press. Only provides full-text access to the subjects that AU Library subscribes to: Classical Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Economics and Finance, Philosophy, Political Science, Law, Sociology, Religion, Biology, and Public Health and Epidemiology. On other subjects, access is only granted to the abstracts of the books

Dictionaries

Newspaper and media

  • Infomedia
    InfoMedia is a large newspaper database with full-text access to a number of Danish newspapers. The articles date back to around 1990.
  • Altinget
    Online newspaper regarding Danish politics – news, backgrounds, analyses, and portraits. Also includes polls, press announcements, and other news from the Danish Parliament.
  • Filmcentralen/For alle
    Filmcentralen/For alle is the Danish Film Institute’s streaming service with short- and documentary films. It includes both newer and more classic films. Also provides information, background articles, and recommendations to the films.
    NB: Filmcentralen/For alle is a free service which provides access to a large collection of films. If you are asked for a UNI-login, it means you do not have access to the film.
  • Larm.fm
    Gives researchers and students access to stream Danish radio shows dating from 1931 until today. Furthermore, it provides a bibliography on all radio and TV shows broadcasted by DR from 1925-1983.
  • Mediestream
    Mediestream contains radio and TV broadcasts from selected Danish channels since 2005. Continuously updated. Available in English.

Reviews

  • Bibliotek.dk
    Reviews in Danish of art exhibitions can be found through bibliotek.dk. Search for the title of or keywords from the exhibition. Limit the search to ‘udstilling’ in ‘materialetyper’ (to the left of the page). Open the post and click ‘Anmeldelser’.
  • The Complete Review
  • Times Literary Supplement (TLS)
    English-language publication for reviews of literature and ideas within all subjects and languages.
  • The London Review of Books
    English journal for reviews of literature and culture.
  • The New York Review of Books
    American journal for reviews of literature and culture – only with partial full-text access.

Websites

Special Collections

Research Tools

  • NEWW Women Writers: a network and a tool
    Research database and tool edited by the NEWW network: New approaches to European Women’s Writing. The database contains references to works about female European writers from the Middle Ages to the start of the 20th century. The database is especially valuable in regard to lists of works and their reception in their contemporary time as well as in the literary history. Click “women authors” to access the database. For full access of the tools of the site, you have to be a member of NEWW.

Libraries online

Bibliotek.dk
The Danish national library database. It includes references to all Danish public and academic libraries and their materials. Makes it possible to book materials from all Danish libraries for pick-up at your own library.

Bibliothèque nationale de France

The British Library

Oria.no (BIBSYS)
Oria is a united library database for the collected materials of the Norwegian research libraries. Contains e.g. references to books, works of research, theses, music, films, and electronic materials from open sources.

 

Deutsche National Bibliothek

LIBRIS
LIBRIS is the united library database for the Swedish national library and the Swedish university and research libraries. It contains literature (books, journals, music, theses etc.) within all subject areas.

Guidances

Theses from AU Library

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