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ENG 4620 British Literature : Renaissance

(English Literature:1500-1660)

Welcome to the library subject research guide on English Renaissance Literature. This provides information on research resources on English literature from 1500 to 1660. If you have any questions, visit the Library Reference Desk, or Ask A Librarian.




Use the catalog to find out which books and other media are available, on what subjects, and where they are located in Stewart Library. Use WorldCat for listings of books and media in many other library catalogs. For home or off campus access please use your WSU Login.

Many books about English Renaissance Literature are located on level two of the library in the General Collection and begin with the call number PN660.


Use the following Library of Congress Subject Headings to search in the catalog

  • Dramatists, English -- Early modern, 1500-1700
  • English Drama --17th Century
  • English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700
  • English poetry -- Early modern, 1500-1700
  • Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 17th century
  • Humanism
  • Renaissance -- England
  • Theater--England--History

Other keywords that may be useful for searching in the catalog and other sources include:

  • Carolinean, Jacobean, Tudor(s), Elizabethan, Shakespearean, English Renaissance, Restoration, civil  war

Electronic Texts: The Internet Shakespeare Editions are scholarly, fully annotated texts of Shakespeare's plays. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare are online from MIT.


REFERENCE SOURCES ON English Renaissance Literature


The Stewart Library has an excellent collection of Shakespeare plays in video/DVD format

Literature Resource Center: A complete literature reference database including links to biographies, article searches, lists of Shakespeare's works, etc. Designed for both the undergraduate and graduate student as well as the sophisticated casual user. Use the remote access service if you are off campus.

Shakespeare Collection: On CD ROM in the Stewart Library, ask for assistance at the reference desk.

Shakespeare Resource Center Searchable Glossary

Reference Books: There are quite few books in the reference area on this subject under the call numbers from PR2800 to PR3000

If we do not own a particular book or article you need, it may be available through Interlibrary Loan, or from an online bookstore. Try or Barnes and Noble.



Electronic Journals

Print Journals

  • Shakespeare Studies - The print copy is available in the Stewart Library, back issues on the 2nd Floor, and recent copies on the main level in current periodicals  at this call number: PR2885.S64
  • Shakespeare Survey - The print copy is available in the Stewart Library, back issues on the 2nd Floor, and recent copies on the main level in current periodicals  at this call number: PR 2888.C33

Article Databases

To find articles on your topic you need to use periodical indexes. Search by subject or keyword in these indexes. To access article databases from off campus use your student ID number.

WEB SITES ON English Renaissance Literature


Here are some WWW sites to get you started. Most of these will take you to other links, so explore!


Meta Sites


Author Sites


  • Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet - an annotated guide to Shakespeare resources available on the Internet. The criticism section is particularly useful. For an overview of this excellent Web resource see the site map.
  • The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust - Visit the five houses in or near Stratford-upon-Avon connected with William Shakespeare and his family. The Shakespearean houses offer a unique experience of the Stratford world in which the famous dramatist and poet was born, lived and died. 
  • The Folger Shakespeare Library - The Folger Shakespeare Library is an independent research library. The Folger houses the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, in addition to a magnificent collection of other rare Renaissance books and manuscripts.
  • Shakepeare's Globe Research Database - This Globe site, sponsored by the University of Reading (UK), is dedicated to providing background information on Shakespearean performance in original conditions.
  • Richard III and Yorkist History Server - This site is devoted to the study of King Richard III, the Wars of the Roses, fifteenth-century England, and the reputation of Richard III in history, literature, and drama, especially Shakespeare. 

John Milton

  • The Milton-L Home Page -
    Life, Literature, and Historical Context.
  • John Milton Reading Room -
    Provides most of his major poetry in English and some of his prose. Many works are annotated. Course web site from Dartmouth College, by Professor Thomas Luxon.
  • Luminarium: John Milton -
    Links to e-texts and other resources; biographical and historical information.

John Donne

  • Luminarium: John Donne -
    Includes biographical material, texts, audio readings, historical and scholarly information, and links to further resources.
  • John Donne -
    A biography, portrait, and selected poems.

Aemelia Lanyer

Edmund Spenser

  • Luminarium: Edmund Spenser -
    Includes links to online texts, biographical and bibliographical information, and links to related resources on the internet.
  • Spenser Quotations -
    Selected quotations of Edmund Spenser from Bartlett's Quotations.
  • Edmund Spenser -
    Essays, eTexts, resources and links on Edmund Spenser and his 'The Faerie Queen'.

Ben Johnson

  • Luminarium: Ben Jonson -
    Biography, collection of works, and web resources.

Thomas More

Elizabeth I

  • Elizabeth I (1533-1603) -
    Biographical information, overview of reign, texts, poetry, essays, articles, links, and resources.
  • The Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth I -
    This extensive site covers fashion, clothing, court life, the Spanish Armada, Mary Queen of Scots, Europe in the "Age of Elizabeth." (1533-1603)
  • Queen Elizabeth I -
    Biography from the official site of the reigning British monarchy.

George Herbert



Updated December 29, 2008 . Please send comments to Carol Hansen, Diane Kranz or Sally Shigley
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