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Open Textbooks

  • Compact Anthology of World Literature
    Broad-ranging anthology of world literature in six parts from ancient to contemporary times.
  • English Composition: Connect, Collaborate, Communicate (University of Hawai’i)
    “This OER textbook has been designed for students to learn the foundational concepts for English 100 (first-year college composition).”
  • Literature, Rhetoric & Writing Books
    A collection of open books of various topics and levels from the University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library.
  • Open Journalism books (OER Commons)
    A variety of open materials for journalism courses.
  • Literature, the Humanities, and Humanity (SUNY Fredonia)
    By Theodore L. Steinberg. “After an introductory chapter that offers advice on how to read (and teach) literature, the book consists of a series of chapters that examine individual literary works ranging from The Iliad to Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. These chapters can not substitute for reading the actual works. Rather they are intended to help students read those works.”
  • Naming the Unnameable: An Approach to Poetry for New Generations (Western Michigan University)
    “With consideration to the psychology of invention, Bonczek Evory provides students with exercises aimed to make writing in its early stages a form of play that gives way to more enriching insights through revision, embracing the writing of poetry as both a love of language and a tool that enables us to explore ourselves and better understand the world.”
  • Open-Access Books on the WAC Clearinghouse

    To date, more than 85 books are available on this site and additional books are in production. All books are available for free viewing and/or download. Many are also available in low-cost print editions.
  • Rhetoric & Composition Textbook (Bay College)
    Open textbook from Bay College designed for an introductory English course.
  • Rhetoric and Composition (a wikibook)
    The Rhetoric and Composition Wikibook is “designed for use as a textbook in first-year college composition programs, written as a practical guide for students struggling to bring their writing up to the level expected of them by their professors and instructors.”
  • Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Vol. 1

    A book series containing peer-reviewed collections of essays–all composed by teachers for students–with each volume freely available for download under a Creative Commons license.
  • Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Vol. 2

  • Writing Spaces: Web Writing Style Guide Version 1.0

  • Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature 1865 to Present
    By Amy Berke (Middle Georgia State University), Robert R. Bleil (College of Coastal Georgia), and Jordan Cofer (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College). This text “surveys key literary movements and the American authors associated with the movement. Topics include late romanticism, realism, naturalism, modernism, and modern literature.”
  • 88 Open Essays: A Reader for Students of Composition & Rhetoric
    A composition reader compiled by librarians at Northwestern Michigan College. “You can search for essays thematically that relate to topics like education, the environment, politics, health, heroes, etc.. You can also search for essays based on whether we see them as displaying composition concepts like analysis, synthesis, and research. You can search for essays that are based on shared values, essays that rely heavily on ethos, logos, or pathos, essays that are very kairos-dependent, and even essays that are scholarly.”

Repositories of Open and Zero-Cost Materials

  • CORE: Open Access for the Humanities

    Part of the Humanities Commons, CORE is a repository of open access monographs, articles, projects, course materials, and grey literature related to the Humanities.
  • Internet Archive

    “A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.”
  • Library of Congress – Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature

    The Archive “contains nearly two thousand recordings—of poets and prose writers participating in literary events at the Library’s Capitol Hill campus as well as sessions at the Library’s Recording Laboratory. Most of these recordings are captured on magnetic tape reels, and only accessible at the Library itself. . . . The material featured on this online presentation represents a sample of this collection. The site will continue to provide additional items from this archive on a monthly basis over the next several years.”
  • Lit2Go

    “Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages.” Some passages include supplemental reading strategies.
  • Perseus Digital Library
  • Project Gutenberg

    Collection of over 57,000 public domain ebooks that can be downloaded for free or read online.
  • LibriVox Audiobooks
    A volunteer-run digital library of audio recordings of books in the public domain.
  • Open Folklore
    “A partnership of the American Folklore Society and the Indiana University Libraries, Open Folklore is a scholarly resource devoted to increasing the number and variety of open access resources, published and unpublished, that are available for the field of folklore studies and the communities with whom folklore scholars partner.”
  • Fairy Talez
    Freely accessible and large collection of fairy tales, folk tales, and fables online. Fairytalez also accepts submissions of fairy and folk tales.

Open English Courses & Resources

  • Introduction to Literature Course (Lumen Learning)
    Open course from Lumen Learning. Be sure to click the words “Licenses and Attributions” at the bottom of each page for copyright and licensing information specific to the material on that page.
  • Journalism + Design (New School)
    A toolkit for journalism educators.
  • Write a Manifesto [Composition] Assignment designed by Caron Knauer of La Guardia Community College.
  • Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner (Open Yale)
    “This course examines major works by Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner, exploring their interconnections on three analytic scales: the macro history of the United States and the world; the formal and stylistic innovations of modernism; and the small details of sensory input and psychic life.”
  • English Courses from Open Yale
    Open course include Introduction to Theory of Literature, Milton, Modern Poetry, and The American Novel since 1945.
  • Writing for the Humanities Syllabus (City College)
    By Julia Brown of City College
  • African American Literature (Lehman College)
    African American Literature is a survey course that will take us from the early days of enslavement to the present. We will read, analyze, and discuss literary texts written by African Americans, paying particular attention to the political, historical and social context that informs these texts.”
  • Mythology Course Readings (Northwestern Michigan College)
    By Sarah Wangler and Joelle Hannert and Northwestern Michigan College
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