The text of The Arabian Nights, as translated by Richard Burton in 1850. This is a collection of stories whose authorship is unknown, which include the seven voyages of Sindbad Hight the Seaman. This appears on the website entitled Sacred-Texts, which is a freely available non-profit archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics.
The Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) was a nationally funded service that helped discover, create and preserve digital collections in all areas of the arts and humanities. The AHDS managed some 5,000 high-quality data resources and provided access to many other complementary resources which are managed by others. Funding ended in 2008, and this work continues at a local/subject level by for example: the Centre for e-Research at King's College London, the Archaeology Data Service (ADS); the Oxford Text Archive (OTA); the History Data Service (HDS); and the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).
'Atlantis: Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies' is a full-text online ejournal, published by the Ciudad Universitaria in Madrid. Online back-issues date from 1979 onwards. An inspection of the contents pages for online articles shows a mix of Spanish and English articles and reviews, with an increasing preponderance of English articles in issues after 2000. Articles are freely available for download in PDF format. Example article titles from recent issues are: 'Shelley’s Orientalia: Indian Elements in his Poetry'; 'From Balaclavas to Jumpsuits: The Multiple Histories and Identities of Doctor Who’s Cybermen'; 'Making Something Out of Nothing: Lesbianism as Liberating Fantasy in The Children’s Hour'; and 'Roger Waters’ Poetry of the Absent Father: British Identity in Pink Floyd’s The Wall', among many others. This will be an interesting journal for those seeking fresh scholarly perspectives on British and American culture. The website also has details of the Editorial Board and submission procedures.
Backdoor Broadcasting Company is an online broadcast provider to the internet worldwide and locally to its homebase of Oxford, United Kingdom. Upon invitation to an event, the Company records the proceedings and makes them available. It offers two services: the Academic Service, which broadcasts academic conferences, symposia, public lectures and workshops in order to provide widespread access to academic research. The Sound Experiment records novel experimental music, sound art and sonic events and similarly offers them for public consumption. The Academic Service archive presents many recorded lectures that will be of interest to researchers in religion, history, philosophy and comparative literature, among other diverse fields. Several align with current debates around religious issues in international affairs and cultural studies connected to marginalized groups and perspectives.
This subsite of the Backdoor Broadcasting Company provides a podcast of a lecture by William Cohen of the University of Maryland, which was presented on 2 December 2009 at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London. The lecture, "Queer Universality and the French Oscar Wilde" places Oscar Wilde's works in the context of French literature, given the author's frequent visits to France and his final, self-imposed exile there. Cohen's main thesis has two parts: he suggests that Wilde propounded aesthetics which negated national identity on the one hand, and gender and sexual identities on the other. Cohen associates Wilde's fantasies with "French culture as an international fraternity of aestheticism." The lecture, along with similar pieces made available here, should be of interest to scholars in gender studies, literature and cultural history.
The Bottle Imp is a free full-text biannual ezine which exists to promote and support the teaching and study of Scottish literature and language. Contributors include both academics and writers, providing articles, opinions, and arguments, along with information on new developments in Scottish literature and literary criticism. It is produced as a joint project between the Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS) housed in the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and Scottish Language Dictionaries (SLD). The first edition appeared in the spring of 2007. Full-text of the current and back issues is available. The title comes from a short story by R. L. Stevenson and you can actually make the imp appear by passing the cursor over the attractive logo!
The British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) has created a website to publicise their aims and activities, as well as advertise upcoming events that would interest Victorian scholars. The association was founded in 2000 and is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge about the Victorian period. Membership details and application forms for events are included online. There are reports on past conferences. An archive of the society's newsletters is included within the website in Word format. Only members can access the latest newsletter but older newsletters can be accessed freely. Members offer their critiques of current literature about the 19th century in the Book Review page. There are many links to related sites that could be useful to researchers, including online databases and Victorian Journals online.
The Cambridge Victorian Study Group website provides information about the group's five-year, interdisciplinary research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, entitled Past versus Present: Abandoning the Past in an Age of Progress. The project aims to examine Victorian attitudes to the past, and in particular to understand how the Victorians reconciled their commitment to creating the future with the contemporary unearthing of "multiple pasts in wonderful profusion and vexingly contradictory detail". A detailed description of the project's aims is provided, together with listings of forthcoming related events such as seminars and symposia, and an archive of past events. The Cambridge Victorian Studies Group is an umbrella group which hopes to promote interdisciplinary research into the Victorian period, both within and outside Cambridge. Indeed, the project brings together researchers from the fields of English literature; Classics; History of Archaeology; Museology; Geology; and Theology.
This is the homepage for the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies (CECS), which was founded in 1996 at the University of York in the UK. The Centre promotes the study of the long eighteenth century from 1650 to 1850, and has over a score of staff members listed here from York's departments of Archaeology, English, History, History of Art and Philosophy. It has a few dozen affiliated postgraduate students whose names and projects are also listed; the CECS runs a Master's programme and presents several Master's and Doctoral-level courses. Past and present calls for papers and programmes for CECS international research seminars, postgraduate forums, international conferences (running back to 1998) and one-day symposia are posted online. Special projects described on the site will attract those who are considering applying to the Centre and those who have casual or research interests. Projects include: the Yorkshire County Houses Partnership Project; the Nations, Borders and Identities Project; and Empire and Landscape in the Long 18th Century. The Yorkshire County Houses Project exists through the combined efforts of the CECS and representatives of local country houses, including Burton Constable, Brodsworth Hall, English Heritage, Castle Howard, Harewood House, Lotherton Hall, Nostell Priory and Temple Newsam. The Nations, Borders and Identities project deals with the 'Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in European Experience 1792 – 1815,' as well as an affiliated research group based in Germany. Finally, the subpages on Empire and Landscape in the Long 18th Century outline describe a number of past workshops in depth. Instructions for application to the Centre are provided.
The Centre for Manx Studies of the University of Liverpool (located in Douglas) provides a focal point for research in a wide range of areas relating to the Isle of Man, from the earliest times to the present day. This website provides detailed information about the work of the Centre, in particular: services for visitors; courses; Manx links; publications; and research projects. There is also an ejournal (Studeyrys Manninagh) and an email list which will provide information on forthcoming conferences and relevant events. Multi-disciplinary research projects are listed here under the following subject areas: archaeology; culture and language; environment; history; politics, economics and tourism; and a new, five-volume New History of the Isle of Man (intended to present current research and ideas from Manx scholars worldwide in a readable, authoritative account of the Island's story from geological times to the present day). There are plans to load the Manx Bibliography onto this site so that you can search by author, keyword and year of publication over 7,000 references on all subjects relating to the island. At the time of cataloguing the sections on Archaeology and Geology had been loaded. The Centre also holds a list of Theses in progress or completed since 1993 on Manx (or related) topics. There is a Gaelic version of this website.
The website of the Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS), University of Toronto provides information on the Centre and its activities, as well as teaching aids and links relating to medieval studies. Included in these pages are details of: courses run by the Centre; CMS-sponsored conferences and events; and links to medieval research projects based at the University of Toronto. The Centre also provides word lists and guides for students undertaking its Latin courses, which would also be of use to students in other institutions. Of further interest to students and researchers are the related links, primarily provided by the website of the University of Toronto's Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, and the links to CMS publications.
Credo Reference (CredoReference formerly Xrefer) is a digital reference library containing the texts and images from over 150 printed reference works. There are over a million separate entries in total. Credo reference covers the full spectrum of academic and general interest subjects, with the arts and humanities well represented. Reference works include various dictionaries, thesauri, books of quotations, atlases, plus subject specific titles. History titles include works such as Routledge's Companion to British History and various Who's Who titles; there is also the Dictionary of British History, the Encyclopaedia of the Renaissance; and a Concise Atlas of World History. For philosophers there is the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, the Macmillan Dictionary of Philosophy, plus the Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought. A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics is also provided. For students of literature there is a Dictionary of Shakespeare, the Bloomsbury Dictionary of English Literature, The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, and the Cambridge Guide to Theatre. An Atlas of the Bible and the Macmillan Dictionary of the Bible, along with a Who's Who of Old and New Testament characters provide useful reference resources for Bible scholars. There are also a couple of resources that might be useful to Classicists. All volumes may be search simultaneously, or searches may be narrowed to a particular subject area, or a particular reference work. Many entries contain hyperlinks across reference works to related subjects of interest. Credo reference is a subscription service and is available to higher and further education institutions in the UK under a license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
Published by the Guardian Newspapers Limited, this is the culture section of The Guardian's website, which covers news and reviews from 'The Guardian' (daily) and 'The Observer' (weekly). It provides constantly updated full-text articles and reviews from the visual and performing arts. The site includes specific sections for: art, (architecture) and design; books; film; music; Stage: theatre, dance, comedy; and TV and radio. It offers detailed 'special reports', previews, reviews, regular columns, and features on: music releases and concerts, plays, films, books, television and radio programmes, and exhibitions. Archives of the writings of specific The Guardian critics can also be accessed from the website, and there is a link to the related blog site. This is a key website for anyone interested in British Contemporary culture.
Witchcraft historian Owen Davies is the author of the Cunning Folk website, devoted to the study of those who were variously known as wise-women, wise-men, healers and herbalists. This site is produced in tandem with Davies' book Cunning Folk, Popular Magic in English History. A lecturer in history at the University of Hertfordshire, Davies is an expert in the later, and less frequently studied period of witchcraft, from 1736 to 1951 (when the last witchcraft act was repealed). There is a bibliography of his works and extracts from his books and articles. The cunning folk made up an entity distinct from those accused of witchcraft, and although cunning folk were accused of witchcraft on occasion, they were more likely to be those purporting to carry out beneficial practices, love magic, or locating lost items. The information provided here will be of use to undergraduate students, and for those desiring further information, a brief but helpful list of books and articles on related subjects is provided.
Eighteenth-Century Collections Online is a subscription resource accessible to those at subscribing institutions via individual URLs. It is one of the most significant large-scale digitisations of primary material yet undertaken, providing access to the scanned images of 'every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain during the eighteenth century' as well as a number of texts published in the Americas. The texts have been scanned to a high quality and can be searched by keyword reliably. 'Fuzzy' searching is also enabled to assist the user catch alternative forms of words. The metadata captured about each of the included works is rich and useful, giving full source information about the copy of the work digitised, along with variant titles and citation assistance. This is an invaluable resource for any scholar of the eighteenth century.
The website for the English and Media Centre provides information about this organisation, an independent educational charity designed to support secondary and further education teachers and students of English and Media Studies in the UK, and gives access to a range of materials. The Centre offers a range of professional development courses, publications and an advisory service, information about all of which can be found on this site. The publications include study guides (both print and multimedia) to particular texts, all written to fulfill exam, national curriculum and framework requirements while at the same time promoting good practice. Payment of a subscription fee allows users to access an online library of teaching materials and pilot publications, and receive copies of emagazine and Media Magazine, publications aimed at A-level students of English, Film and Media (free sample editions are available). This site should prove to be a valuable information point for teachers and students of English and Media.
This is the website of English Heritage, the organisation responsible for all aspects of protecting and promoting the historic environment in England. Its website provides details of its conservation and preservation work as well as information about the historic sites in its care. The site features attractive illustrations and photographs, and is arranged into the primary categories of properties and events, research and conservation, and learning and resources. Within these main categories one can find information on such things as places to visit, conserving historic places, archaeology, photos, publications, and the public archive and National Monuments Record. Contact and membership details for English Heritage are provided, along with details of their local activities. Each section offers detailed information, often providing catalogue entries for publications that may be ordered online. Also provided are policies and advice and, most usefully for researchers and teachers, there are extensive and annotated links to Internet resources of relevance. There is an excellent advanced search facility to accompany the browsing of the site by topics.
The website 'Europa: Europe and Culture' is the European Commission's culture portal which brings together information about activities, funding, events, and national websites relating to the European Union's support for, access to, and enhancement of Europe's diverse cultural heritage. The EU aims to locate the importance of culture within the formulation of its policy. The site is published in English, Spanish, German, French and Italian and covers the following areas: Activities; Europe in action; Financing; Events; and National Cultural Sites. It provides links to the web pages of ministries of culture and, most importantly, information on programmes of funding run by the European Commission, such as the Leonardo da Vinci, Ariane, Cassandre, and Socrates. This site is useful for those working in a co-operative European environment, who wish to find out about exchange projects, or funding for translation and collaborative work.
Founded in 1971, the European Association for Commonwealth Literature And Language Studies (EACLALS) was the first regional branch of the Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies (ACLALS). This site, the EACLALS homepage, describes the group's intention "to promote Commonwealth and post-colonial studies in Europe, as well as international exchanges between academics, students and writers from the anglophone post-colonial world." The current executive is listed, as are instructions for applying for membership and a large number of relevant links. EACLALS publications described here range from the association's newsletter to various journals, including 'Kunapipi'; the 'Journal of Commonwealth Literature'; 'Wasafiri,' a contemporary international literary magazine; and 'Moving Worlds,' a biannual international journal of transcultural writings. The site also archives calls for papers for past triennial conferences of both the EACLALS and ACLALS running back to 2004, as well as other relevant colloquia. Some links to external conference sites in this section were broken at the time of review.
The website of Fons Luminis provides information on the semi-annual journal published by the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. The journal aims to publish interdisciplinary articles relating to the Middle Ages, as well as reviews and bibliographies. At the time of writing, the journal is still in its early stages, and subsequently there are no tables of contents for the first issue (2007). The site does however provide information on: the aims of the journal itself; the editorial board; and submission and contact details. This site, and the journal, would be of interest to scholars working in all fields relating to medieval studies.
Part of the online Gilbert and Sullivan Archive, which is maintained by enthusiasts, this website contains an introduction to their light opera H.M.S. 'Pinafore', which was first performed in 1878 and is about a captain's daughter who falls in love with a sailor on her father's ship. There is a plot summary and the libretto (both in text or wordperfect versions) and more about the music, such as sources of the H.M.S. 'Pinafore' scores. There are also drawings, glossaries and reviews, and excerpts from newspapers and books.
Honno Welsh Women's Press, established in 1987, publishes only material produced by women who live in, or have links with, Wales. The Honno website is a useful resource for writers, both to keep in touch with current developments in contemporary writing and also for details of calls for submissions. It may also be of use to researchers in women's and cultural studies and contemporary literature. The site contains details of live events, such as book launches, as well as recent press releases, and news updates. Detailed guidelines are given for contributors looking to publish their own projects, as well as those wishing to respond to Honno's regular calls for anthology submissions. Past collections have included The Woman who loved cucumbers; Mirror, mirror; and Power. Biographical material on all authors is included as well as detailed information on each book, which is very useful for anyone thinking of submitting. The site also contains a complete catalogue and online bookshop, as well as information on becoming a shareholder in Honno, which operates as a community co-operative. This is straightforward site to use, of particular interest to writers who are Welsh, or have Welsh links, although most of the site is in the English language.
Darron Davies' site In Clued Ed (formerly 'Know Drama') is an online resource encouraging creative and innovative teaching. It aims to support primary, secondary and tertiary education teachers, and special needs programmes, with interactive and creative teaching methods and ideas. Darron Davies is a registered teacher in the U.K. and Australia (Tasmania and Victoria), and through his experience he hopes to help fellow teachers. His site offers workshops The most interesting page, Writing, contains a series of articles by Davies (Curriculum is a construct; The Feelings in Science), handbooks (Ending the Year's Blues), as well as his own online education journal 'The Creative Teaching Space', which has been converted recently into the In Clued Ed Web blog. Other pages provide basic information on various forms of staff development activities, such as PD on the Site, Focus Groups and Workshops; these can be arranged by contacting Davies. There is also space for prospective Podcasts, a Blog, and a Photography page linking to the author's picture gallery. The resource offers some useful ideas which could work for any school subject, for example, creating an acronym as an ice-breaker. This site is colourful, hands on, practical, fun and thought provoking. The content is straightforward, and interested parties are free to join the email list to receive updates and resource ideas.
The International Journal of Scottish Literature (IJSL) is a free full-text "peer-reviewed online journal which aims to develop and circulate international perspectives on Scottish writing". It is published by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS) housed in the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. The first issue appeared in the autumn of 2006. Full text is provided for the current and past issues. The site contains a news and events page; news about upcoming issues and a series of occasional papers to which visitors are invited to respond online. There is also an archive of book reviews.
James Crawford is an independent writer and lecturer specialising in the politics of language, particularly in the USA. He has followed and reported on: the English Only movement; English Plus; bilingual education; efforts to save endangered languages; and linguistic rights in the USA.The site is designed to encourage discussion on language policy matters, follow current developments, and report on language legislation. The author has published several books on language policy which can be viewed through the site. The contents and full-text of some chapters are freely accessible. The site also offers a list of recent papers, speeches and articles by the author which can be read online. A very useful resource, receiver of several web awards.
This is the website for the Journal of Commonwealth Literature (JCL), which publishes scholarly articles and bibliographies relating to Commonwealth, postcolonial and other new literatures in English. Edited by John Thieme of the University of East Anglia and published quarterly by Sage Publications, the journal produces three issues of critical commentary and one bibliographic issue per annum. The site details the aims and scope of the journal, and provides information about the editorial board, abstracts, indexes, subscriptions, advertising, permissions and manuscript submissions. Tables of contents are available online running back to 1966. Articles can only be accessed on the site by registered users with subscriptions. The journal is also associated with the European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS).
Lapidus is the website of an organisation established to promote the literary arts as a theraputic tool. The website is a valuable resource for writers, English researchers and teachers wanting to explore how: reading; writing; performing; poetry; prose; drama; storytelling; and journal writing can contribute to personal well-being. Members of Lapidus include: writers; librarians; health care professionals; therapists; academics and teachers. There is a fee to join the organisation, but the website provides open access material, as well as the 'members only' content. The site is divided into sections: 'About' (information on the aims and foundation of the organisation); 'News and Events' (up to date information on conferences, regional meetings, job opportunities and related information); 'Resources' (various related articles, a general reading list and related links). This is a useful site, providing plenty of information on a growth area of interest to literature and health care professionals. It is user-friendly and easy to navigate.
The library of Francis Lodwick FRS is a collection of Web pages hosted by the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Oxford. These pages describe the libraries belonging to the 17th-century philosopher and linguist, Francis Lodwick. The shelf lists for these libraries are currently being transcribed as part of an AHRC-funded project entitled 'Free-Thinking and Language-Planning in Late Seventeenth-Century London', and these pages give a taste of these now-dispersed collections, along with some images from the original catalogues. Those studying English language; philosophy or history may be interested in Lodwick and in the further reading suggested in these pages.
Miranda is an open access full-text ejournal, published from the University of Toulouse, France. Themed peer-reviewed issues explore... "social and cultural practices of the English-speaking world". At May 2010 there is one issue available, a substantial issue on Charles Darwin and his legacy / Thomas Hardy and Science beyond Darwin. Articles are in either French or English, and are in HTML format. Example English articles in the first issue include: 'Darwin in Wonderland: evolution, involution and natural selection in The Water Babies (1863)'; 'Darwin, Polanski and Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles : facts and metaphors'; and 'From the Fossil to the Specter : or the drift of knowledge in Thomas Hardy's works', among others. The journal also publishes 'occasional papers' and reviews. The website has full details of the editors, Editorial Board, and calls for papers. There is an associated discussion forum.
This is the home page of the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA); a British-based professional academic organisation devoted to the promotion of the Modern Humanities, namely "the modern and medieval languages, literatures, and cultures of Europe (including English and the Slavonic languages, and the cultures of the European diaspora)" - but excluding - "History, library studies, education and pedagogical subjects, and the medical application of linguistics." In its activities, the Association concentrates on publications, protecting minority languages and postgraduate support. Instructions for applying for membership are provided on the site. Postgraduates are eligible for three years' free membership. The main MHRA publication, 'The Modern Language Review', is available online only to members. Details are given for purchase of another publication, 'The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies', a yearly bibliography of published research in Romance and Celtic, Germanic, and Slavonic studies. Other yearbooks, bibliographies and publications series are also described. These include: the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature; Austrian Studies; Portuguese Studies; and the Yearbook of English Studies. Submission instructions are given on the site. The MHRA publishes outstanding doctoral dissertations in its MHRA Texts and Dissertations series. The MHRA can also aid those publishing their dissertations with a commercial publisher, in the event that the publisher demands a subvention. These measures contribute to the Association's stated aim of expanding its role in support of postgraduates and new members of the academic profession in the Humanities. The Association does not provide funding for individuals, but does fund corporate projects. The MHRA Style Guide, which is widely known and used, can be downloaded for free from the site. The site possesses its own search engine and select links page.
Moveable Type is the electronic journal of the Graduate Society at the Department of English, University College London. The journal is published annually, and the full text of each issue is available on the site, from number one (2005). Each issue provides selected papers from UCL's annual English postgraduate conference (as text or as PDF files), and book reviews written by postgraduate students worldwide. Themes of past issues have included: 'Childhood and Adolescence'; 'The Mind's Eye: Perspectives on Word and Image'; Archives: From Memory to Event'; and 'Discovery, Expression, Reception'. The website gives submission guidelines and editorial contact details, as well as information on the journal's remit. This resource would be of interest to students and researchers working in English studies, particularly literature.
The Moving Image gateway (MIG) is a service from the BUFVC (British Universities Film & Video Council) which draws together websites relevant to "moving images and sound and their use in higher and further education". The site is arranged into a directory of four main disciplines: Arts and Humanities, Bio-Medical, Social Sciences and Science and Technology. The Arts and Humanities directory is further sub-divided. Each listed website has been evaluated and described by the BUFVC Information Service and sites which service online audio or video content are highlighted.
One of several periodicals associated with the European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS), Moving Worlds is an international forum for transcultural literary writings, visual media and literary criticism. Published biannually, each issue is devoted to a particular theme. Information on the current issue is provided; tables of contents of back issues are archived here running back to 2001. The journal focuses on postcolonial studies and particularly contemporary Commonwealth Studies. Instructions for subscribers and contributors are available. The site also has a short list of links to EACLALS and its affiliated magazine Wasafiri, as well as similar organisations and publications.
This is the homepage of the Northern Lighthouse Board, a UK-government-run organisation which is responsible for lighthouses in Scotland and the Isle of Man. The principal concern of the Board is the current safety of mariners; coastline inhabitants and workers; and the environment. Accordingly, the site provides information on: Board work and administration; safety notices to Mariners; information on the Board's lighthouses and buoys; a live webcam; the Marine Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS); links lists; and recent news. For researchers, there is a subsite with historical information linked to the frequently asked questions (FAQs) page. Historical essays, documents and images briefly sketch topics such as the Flannan Isles mystery; how lighthouses operated before the early 20th century; Board documents in the National Archives of Scotland; Northern Lighthouse Board Ships, 1799-2002; and the family of engineers, the Stevensons, who primarily designed the lighthouses in this region. These subpages should prove a good starting point for researchers, students and teachers.
The new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) was published by Oxford University Press in September 2004. Arguably the foremost reference work of its kind in the world, the DNB consists of over 50,000 detailed biographical entries describing the notable men and women who have helped shape British history, culture, and attitudes, from the fourth century BC to the present day. The dictionary includes: artists; scientists; doctors; business people; writers; performers; reformers; criminals; eccentrics; politicians; church leaders; military leaders; and scholars. The New DNB contains, in total, 62 million words of text, and 10,000 portrait illustrations. It is available as a 60-volume print edition and as an online subscription service. Regular updates to the online DNB are planned from January 2005. The website describes the creation of the dictionary and the criteria employed to select its subjects. It also hosts a news service, keeping users and contributors up to date with the latest developments. Sample entries from the DNB may be accessed from the project site via its 'lives of the week' section, which also offers a free daily email service. DNB subscribers can select from a variety of search options when using the dictionary. Searches may be conducted by date, field of interest, occupation, birthplace, education, residence, place of death or burial, or religious affiliation. Sophisticated full-text searching is also supported. There are featured themes that link the various individual records, as well as relevant cross-links from each page. Online subscribers also have access to the original version of the DNB, and may call up the earlier records for people whose biographies have since been updated. The new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography will undoubtedly be an essential resource for scholars across the arts and humanities disciplines.
'The Oxonian Review of Books' (ORB) is a full-text online journal that is "published three times a year by graduate members of the University of Oxford." The journal also features essays. At October 2007, 15 issues of ORB are freely available in either HTML or PDF format. The focus of ORB is on scholarly reviews of "recently published work in literature, politics, history, science and the arts". Drawings, photographs and poetry are also published occasionally. For potential contributors, the ORB website has details of the submission process and procedures.
Past Masters is a subscription-only online full-text database of important works in the humanities. A wide range of authors are included, but the collection has a particular focus on: philosophy; theology; English letters; and the works of women writers. Scholarly editions are used throughout, and full bibliographic details are provided. The database includes a mixture of English and foreign language material (Germanic authors are particularly well represented, and there are also titles in Latin and French), with a number of major works available in both the original language and English translation. A broad time span is covered, from classical literature through to 20th century writings. Subscription information is provided for both institutions and individuals, with a wide range of packages available. A very valuable resource.
'Pif Magazine' is an online literary magazine which aims to use the Internet, as the 'world's most provocative publication medium', for its abilities to large audiences. As a free, quality online magazine, Pif has earned praise from the media and its loyal following of readers since it started in 1995. Its resources are of use to: general readers; creative writers; and English researchers interested in new writing. The magazine is divided into various sections, including: poetry; 'Macro Fiction' (short stories); 'Micro Fiction' (flash fiction); memoirs; music and songwriting; film and screenwriting; craft articles; and art work. The magazine is keen to promote new work, not only to readers, but to publishers and agents and by taking up a free membership, writers and artists can submit their work to Pif for consideration. The magazine also offers a full archive, which can be searched by keyword or browsed by year or subject. This is a highly impressive website, with a clear agenda to raise the profile of quality new writing and art through print-standard presentation and a confident profile.
Part of a wider website entitled The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive, which is maintained by enthusiasts, this site contains an introduction to the light opera The Pirates of Penzance, which was first performed in 1879 and is about Frederic, who has completed his pirate's apprenticeship. It is revealed that when he was a child, his nursemaid being rather hard of hearing, had mistaken her master's instructions to apprentice the boy to a pilot and Frederic turns against the pirates out of a sense of duty. The plot summary and the libretto are included (both in text or WordPerfect versions) along with details about the music, such as sources of the musical score. There are also images, glossaries and reviews, and excerpts from newspapers and books.
'Poetry Connection' is a website that aims to 'showcase quality poetry to literature students and aficionados alike'. The site would make a useful introduction for students new to particular poets or types of poetry, and features a wide range of material from a large number of poets (almost 200 at the time of writing). There is an emphasis on classic works from poets including: John Keats; George Herbert; Alexander Pope; and Lord Byron, but modern works are also included, for example: Carol Ann Duffy and Don Paterson. Poems can searched by keyword, or browsed by author. Author sections include a short biography, as well as the poems, which can be browsed alphabetically by title, or by first line. Poets can also be browsed chronologically. The site provides discussion forums and a comments feature, to encourage dialogue between students and enthusiasts on the featured poems. Users should note that the site contains some advertising.
This entertaining online guide to Renaissance pronunciation is provided by John M. Vinopal as part of his Renaissance Faire home page. Categories include: Pronunciation; Pronunciation Drills; Vocabulary; Grammar; Forms of Address; Insults and Cursing; and Songs of the Times. The brief pronunciation tutorial and pronunciation guide both feature sound files in a selection of formats and, although the songs page is text only, it does contain a reasonable selection for an introduction to the Renaissance ballad. Links interspersed throughout the site often lead to texts available through Amazon.com, and at least promote some awareness of the related material available.The site would perhaps be of interest to students of Renaissance language and literature as an introduction to several aspects of Early Modern linguistics.
'RhymeZone' is an online rhyming dictionary for writers, poets, lyricists and anyone who enjoys words. It offers a range of resources that would likely be useful also for educationalists working with language, with students of all ages. The concept is very simple : type in a chosen word to find rhymes, synonyms and definitions, with the options to include phrases and organise the results by letters or syllables. Where only a few letters are known, there is a 'Match these letters' option to try to track down the correct form. The word may also be searched for its location in: the works of Shakespeare; in quotations; and in pictures, as well as checked for: spelling; related words; similar words; or consonants only, among many other options. Other features on the site include sections on: 'Shakespeare'; 'Quotations'; 'Mother Goose' (nursery rhymes); 'Famous Documents' (such as the Bible, U.S. Declaration of Independence); 'Quizzes'; and 'Other Features' (which includes dictionary searches). This site is a combination of quirky fun features and elements that may well be invaluable in finding the final rhyme for that poem that's been unfinished for weeks, in tracking down a derivation or preparing classes on language use. It's very simple to use and neatly presented.
Shifting Power and the Evasion of Responsibility in Aphra Behn's 'Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave' is a hypertext essay by Helen Ibbotson of the University of Birmingham. It is accessed via a dedicated Aphra Behn page which also offers links to a biography; complete works; further essays relating to 'Oroonoko'; a bibliography; and external links. Helen Ibbotson's essay, however, is the main feature, and argues that the way in which the narrator and the hero challenge accepted social power groups offers a commentary on complex issues of hierarchy, race and gender.
The essay begins by considering the possibility of autobiographical material in the text. It goes on to explore the power groups presented, Oroonoko himself, as prince and slave and the role of women. The more particular presence of the narrator, as both a recorder of events and a vulnerable female of her time, unable to change their outcome, is seen as evidence of the evasion of responsibility. The 'shallow promises' made to Oroonoko by his supporters, and the tragic outcome for him and his family, are explored as revealing ideological weakness. The essay concludes by arguing that the contradictions within the narrative reflect the contradictions of Behn's own society.
The essay may be read by scrolling through the whole or by using highlighted section headings to jump to specific areas of interest. The highlighted footnotes enable easy reference and the essay is illustrated with images of the slave trade. References for these images would add additional interest to a very readable and thought-provoking essay, of value to research in many areas of seventeenth-century writing, as well as the work of Aphra Behn.
The website of the Society for Storytelling is dedicated to preserving oral storytelling tradition. The Society's website is a useful resource for English studies, offering information and reviews of events and projects. By its very nature, this site is concerned with the art of storytelling, rather than the stories alone, and so acts primarily as a link to live activities and resources, rather than an archive. The site offers: links to storytelling sites and groups; links to podcasts of stories; a directory of storytellers who are available to work with schools, festivals and gatherings; and advice on the need for and use of storytelling in: libraries; business; health and therapy; faith and religion; and museums among other fields. Storytelling-related forums can also be accessed via the site. This is a well-presented website, which is easy to navigate.
Tabula Rasa is a website providing "a compendium of material on a number of esoteric subjects" with an emphasis on the history of horror in Australia and beyond. The site covers a number of topics, including: 'Dark Ages'; 'horror on screen'; Australiana; comics; and role playing games, with special sections on Stephen King and Doctor Who. The site would interest those researching science fiction and horror literature, as well as those studying media and television. The horror section typifies the broad spectrum of articles on this site, covering topics such as: 'Sexuality in Horror'; 'Classic Monsters'; 'Horror in Music'; 'Vampire Cinema'; and 'Children's Horror'. The articles on the site are written by the site's editors, Kyla Ward and David Carroll (writers and artists in the horror genre among others) and although informal in tone are also informative. Aside from articles about horror authors and book and film reviews, the site also provides the text of interviews with authors such as: Neil Gaiman; Tanith Lee; and Richard Harland.
The website The Union of the Crowns 1603-2003 on the uniting of the English and Scottish crowns in 1603 was created using educational resources at SCRAN and RLS. It offers a facility to search for documents and resources in SCRAN's catalogues, and also useful reference resources. Looking primarily at the Stuart dynasty, the site uses a range of resources to tell the story of James VI's accession as James I of England, and the establishment of Great Britain. The backgrounds of both the Tudor and Stuart dynasties are discussed, and the centuries of conflict between Scotland and England, with reference to events such as the Battle of Flodden and the Rough Wooing. There is also a timeline from 1286 to 1625 that highlights the important events and individuals present during the three centuries of animosity between the two nations. The biographies of key individuals, including Henry VII, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, James VI and I, John Knox and George Buchanan, are also available. In addition there is a list of Scottish sites with royal associations, such as Dunfermline Palace and Stirling Castle.
This is the homepage of Wasafiri, a magazine of international contemporary writing which is associated with the European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS). Founded in 1984 by Professor Susheila Nasta, the magazine, which focuses on postcolonial and Commonwealth literary themes, has all its tables of contents posted here. A list of books available for review is posted, as are links lists and details on advertising, subscriptions and submissions. The site provides information on recent news and past and upcoming events related to the Commonwealth literary scene in London.
The William Blake Archive is a first class resource offering a searchable collection of the works of the British Romantic poet and illustrator. The archive comprises high-quality electronic editions of several illuminated books, as well electronic copies of a number of plates, drawings and paintings, together with manuscripts and typographic works. The attention to detail and the color reproduction are superb, and the project prides itself on the high technical and scholarly standards employed in the creation of these digital versions. All works are accompanied by a short introduction and a complete index of copies, and by thorough copy information and electronic edition information documents.
The archive may be searched by title, keyword, description and copy information, and searches differentiate between illuminated books and non-illuminated material. The archive's images can be searched separately and are indexed by subject, with the following item categories: figure, animal, vegetation, object and structure. The project allows visitors to compare different version of the illustrated books and offers a series of extra options such as enlargement, image description, textual transcription and editors' notes. The site also includes a biography, glossary, general and specific bibliographies, a list of related Internet sites, and an ebook 'The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake,' edited by David V. Erdman.
This is the William Morris entry point to the Victorian Web, an extensive set of hyperlinked documents relating to Victorian literature, history and culture. Morris's own set of pages includes biographical information, primary texts, digitised images, critical commentary, and a bibliography. Because of the many linkages - both within and beyond the Victorian Web - it is possible to see Morris within a larger context, considering how his work relates to that of his contemporaries and to the science, society, politics, religion, arts and literature of his day. Victorian Web began as a teaching resource in 1987. Since then thousands of pages have been added by more than a hundred contributors.
Working With English (ISSN 1740-8547) is a recent online, peer-reviewed journal publishing papers from new researchers on a range of topics within the field of English Studies, broadly understood to include language, literature and drama. The site offers full access to all articles, in PDF format, dating from the journal's inception in 2003. Articles cover a range of historical and contemporary subjects, from William Shakespeare (1564-1616) through to Douglas Coupland (1961-), with some current bias towards the modern and contemporary. The calibre of writing is generally high. Aside from the journal contents, the website provides information about the background and aims of the journal, editorial information, and details of how to submit articles and proposals for themed issues.