Literature | Alexander Street



Literature at Alexander Street delves deeply into the breadth and richness of worldwide creative writing, with an emphasis on showcasing works from lesser-studied writers and regions. These detailed resources—alongside related collections in drama—round out conventional scholarship and provide colorful insight into diverse cultures in context, making them relevant not just to the study of English literature, but also Spanish language and literature, world history, women’s studies, immigration, black studies, Asian studies, and many others.

Students and faculty turn to Alexander Street for:

  • Diverse representation: Our resources give voice to women and men from underrepresented groups across the world, including African Americans, Africans, Southeast Asians, Latin Americans, Latinos, Australians, and Pacific Islanders.
  • Rare materials: Content includes hard-to-find and previously unpublished literature—original-language poetry, short stories, novels, essays, folklore, banned comics, graphic novels, manuscripts, plays, and memoirs.
  • Exceptional partners: Works come from best-in-class publishers including the American Folk Lore Society, Auckland University Press, EC Comics, The Hatch Billops Collection, Pickering & Chatto, Peepal Tree Press, Penguin Books India, Time Books International, Nouvelles Editions Africaines du Senegal, and others.
  • Award-winning collections: Our literature resources have received widespread acclaim for their quality and usability. Awards include Library Journal Best Reference Database (Romanticism Redefined, Black Short Fiction and Folklore) and Charleston Advisor Reader’s Choice Award (Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volume I).
  • The most content: Together, these growing literature resources provide more than 900,000 pages of text, with more added regularly.

Featured Collections

Black Women Writers

Black Women Writers presents 100,000 pages of literature and essays on feminist issues, written by authors...

Caribbean Literature

The literature of the Caribbean is exceptional, both in language and subject. More than a million and a half...