This is the literature you don’t have in your library through other online resources—in copyright, contemporary, global, and diverse. Rich in sociological and historical significance, Alexander Street Literature delivers the literatures of place, gender, and race. The package contains more than 600,000 pages of poetry and prose. Students and scholars of literature, history, diversity studies, politics, transatlantic studies, postcolonial history, geography, cultural studies, and anthropology can now explore these important works that have previously not been available.
Vast and continuously growing, Alexander Street Literature celebrates the creative achievements of authors from around the globe, including the broad literary output of Africa and its diaspora, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, and other regions—along with the North American expressions of this rich world heritage. For libraries with authorized access, Alexander Street Literature is also cross-searchable with the Alexander Street Drama package.
Under the guidance of some of the world’s leading faculty advisors, who help to select the content and write introductory and contextual commentaries, these collections meet the strictest scholarly standards.
Alexander Street Literature brings faculty and students:
More than half of the works within Alexander Street Literature are otherwise inaccessible, previously unpublished, or in copyright. These works are not free on the Web, and in many instances not available anywhere in any format.
Access to rare and previously unpublished material is only the beginning of the value in Alexander Street Literature. Each text is re-keyed to 99.95% accuracy to ensure that searching is thorough and precise. Exceptionally detailed indexing allows users to explore and analyze the content in ways that are simply impossible in paper form. For example:
There is also rich, supplementary material to inform the texts. For example, Scottish Women Poets and Irish Women Poets include essays by leading academics explaining the significance of the materials. In Black Short Fiction and Folklore, you can hear streaming audio recordings of Haya balladry and folktales, the original text simultaneously scrolling with their English-language transcriptions, allowing users to experience Haya oral tradition in new ways.
Subscribers to Alexander Street Literature have access to the following collections:
These collections deliver 660,000 pages of poetry, short fiction, essays, and novels.
Alexander Street Literature is available by annual subscription, with prices scaled to library budget. If your institution has already purchased perpetual rights to some of the individual collections that make up Alexander Street Literature, the subscription price to Alexander Street Literature is reduced proportionately. A library that owns all of the individual collections pays nothing at all for Alexander Street Literature.
If you are interested in a one-time purchase of perpetual rights of the individual collections, we offer special rates—with our largest discounts to libraries that purchase all of the collections. Please contact us for details.