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ACLAnet was conceived as an interactive network and database that would permit USERS to post, read, retrieve, and respond to messages on a bulletin board; to contribute to a LIBRARY of documents (these currently include syllabi and various essays or position papers); to conduct free-text searches across all documents; and to establish group discussions on topics of continuing or current interest.

LIBRARY documents are welcome and solicited: for the time being, you should send texts as word-processed documents on computer disk to Sarah Lawall, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003.


ACLAnet, now undergoing revision, is a searchable site for information related to international, interdisciplinary, and crosscultural literary studies (theory and practice). Sponsored by--but not limited to--the American Comparative Literature Association, the original telnet version offered a database of syllabi, documents, and academic program descriptions; a bulletin board for posting announcements, requests for information, and calls for papers; and a space for specialized discussion groups. As we revise, we are looking for your suggestions and contributions.

Some aspects of the early ACLAnet that are now available separately will be dropped: for example, the official ACLA site publishes professional announcements, organizational information, and calls for papers; individual departments publish their own academic program descriptions; and there are plenty of specialized web sites. We return, therefore, to ACLAnet's initial aim, which was to collect and make available educational materials from the comparative, crosscultural, and interdisciplinary curriculum (including pedagogy), and related resources. Linked to these materials will be a bulletin board, an archive of earlier submissions, and member profiles (optional).

Sarah Lawall
Department of Comparative Literature
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Professor Sarah N. Lawall
South College 315
Department of Comparative Literature
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003

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