The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) represents the interests of all UK writers and "aims to ensure writers are fairly compensated for any works that are copied, broadcast or recorded." The ALCS website has details of membership benefits and fees, royalties that the ALCS is currently holding for authors, guidance on copyright and other rights, and other details of the ALCS and its functions. Online issues of the 24-page ALCSNews newsletter can be freely downloaded in PDF format. The website also contains a summary of new research by Bournemouth University for the ALCS, 'Counting the Cost of a Writing Career in the 21st Century', which surveys the earnings of 25,000 authors in the UK.
American literary studies is a guide to the resources in American literature held by Stanford University Libraries and has been compiled by the collection's curator, William McPheron. The first section gives links to computer-based resources (available generally only to subscribers). The second section is a guide to Special Collections held by Stanford. It has five period divisions and two others, covering Popular and Mass Market Culture and Chicano Studies. Within these divisions, there are listings (arranged mainly by author) of the major collections, each one with a brief description of the contents and linking to a more detailed listing. Although there is important earlier material, the real strengths of the collections lie in the twentieth century, and in particular in the post-1945 period. These include major collections relating to Hawthorne, Hemingway and Steinbeck as well as to modern poets such as Denise Levertov, Gregory Corso and Robert Creeley. There are also archives of important literary presses, including North Point Press, and a complete run of Dell Paperbacks.
Anglo-Saxonists From the Sixteenth Through the Twentieth Century is an online bibliography of secondary works relating to the history of Anglo-Saxon and Old English scholarship and scholars. The bibliography is organised on a century-by-century basis, listing general works and works about specific scholars in each period. There is also a list of general studies. References are not annotated, and the compiler does not claim that the bibliography is comprehensive, although it is extensive enough to be of use to those researching the history of Anglo-Saxon scholarship.
The Bibliographical Society of America's BibSite is an online archive of free bibliographic resources. The site enables scholars to publish bibliographical materials they have gathered during research, with the aim of exchanging information. Authors are also encouraged to submit additions and corrections to bibliographies published by others. Resources are available in HTML or PDF format and include: updates to J. D. Fleeman's Bibliography of the Writings of Samuel Johnson, 1731-1984, by Jim McLaverty; Barbara McCorkle's 'Cartobibliography of the Maps in 18th Century British and American Geography Books'; and James Woolley's 'First-Line Indexes of English Verse, 1650-1800: A Checklist'. The site provides a list of resources and profiles of contributors, as well as guidelines on submission and citation of BibSite resources.
The Book Inscriptions project is a unique personal project begun in 2002, to collect and display examples of the personal inscriptions commonly to be found hand-written inside the front covers of books. The website has an archive of about 80 such found 'inscriptions', each presented as an image of the book cover, an image of the inscription, and a transcription of the hand-written message. The main page offers a weblog-like selection of the five most recently found inscriptions. There are details of the project, and contact details for the author/collector.
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 British Council's Literature website provides information on literature and literary events in the UK. The British Council's priorities in this wide field include: literature for young people; cultural diversity; creative writing; and literary translation. The site provides a fully-searchable database of contemporary authors, which features: author biographies; bibliographies; reviews; and photographs. Details are also provided on British Council-run workshops and conferences, as well as on its worldwide online reading group 'enCompass'. Anyone teaching or studying English literature or creative writing would find this resource of interest.
The website for the British Fantasy Society, which "exists to promote and enjoy the genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror", provides information on the Society and its activities, as well as various other resources. The Society has a high profile and is supported by the publishing industry, having many well-known authors among its members, including the current president, Ramsey Campbell. The website offers a useful resource for budding writers and researchers in the science fiction and fantasy genres, providing a finger-on-the-pulse of current trends and events. Alongside its membership and news and events information, the site features a range of: articles; reviews; and interviews (including profiles of Robert Rankin and Neil Gaiman). This site would primarily constitute a starting point for research, but the Society's active involvement in the current world of fantasy fiction makes it an important resource.
British fiction 1800-1829 : a database of production, circulation and reception, is a bibliographical database of contemporary materials relating to works of fiction published in the British Isles during George IV's Regency and reign in the early nineteenth century. The database covers over 2,000 works by over 900 authors, including luminaries Jane Austen and Sir Walter Scott. The database may be searched via the site's search engine, or browsed alphabetically by author, title, or publisher. The results returned provide full bibliographic records for each specific work of fiction, including first edition details and any information about subsequent editions or translations during the period covered. More importantly, bibliographical details are also provided for advertisements for the work in contemporary newspapers and magazines, and for reviews in periodicals such as the Monthly Review and Critical Review. Anecdotal records concerning the reception of works, mostly from private correspondence, are referenced and excerpted, as are publishers' papers. Information is also provided about the circulating libraries stocking any given work. The project's scope and methodology are explained admirably, and the site offers explanatory guides as well as a key to abbreviations in order that users may get the most out of the database. A full list of the sources used by the project editors is provided and a revisions subpage explains how the most recent research in this field has been incorporated into the database. Links to related projects are also included. This is a well-designed resource that should prove useful to postgraduate students and researchers studying British Fiction in the Romantic era. It should especially serve those looking at the reception of particular novels or novelists, or those researching the book trade.
The Cambridge English Renaissance Electronic Service (CERES) is a project at the University of Cambridge which aims to explore the possibilities of electronic media for literary research. The home page provides links to a number of virtual workshops. These include the Aeneas and Isabella Project, a collaborative project which allows scholars to contribute to a database of comments on selected texts; Sidneiana, a multimedia archive of material relating to Sir Philip Sidney and his circle; and Haphazard, an online manuscript resource for students and scholars working on Edmund Spenser. CERES also publishes an online newsletter called Harvest which reviews and recommends sites for scholars working on the Renaissance period. The site is very attractively designed and illustrated, as well as easily navigable. Links to other resources have been carefully selected on the basis of academic and scholarly merit.
The online journal 'Cardiff Corvey: Reading the Romantic Text' was the predecessor of the online journal 'Romantic Textualities : Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840. The journal was based at the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research at Cardiff University, published biannually and fully peer reviewed. An archive of articles from all issues (1997 - 2005) are available, covering: textual analysis; research methodology; bibliographical studies; editing; and the application of information technology in the field of English studies, with particular focus on the period 1770-1830. The site also offers links to related websites, although it should be stressed that these are no longer maintained, and anyone studying romantic literature and new media should use this website in conjunction with that of 'Romantic Textualities'.
The Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship website is dedicated to scholarly and general information on the life and writing of Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901), and is a valuable resource on a best-selling Victorian author for researchers at all levels. The site offers background on Yonge's prolific output of over 250 works, some of which were reprinted many times and published all over the world, both in their original English and in translation. Included on the site are publication details, with plot summaries, alongside contemporary and modern reviews, and general and scholarly material. Also available is a growing collection of complete Yonge works online. An extensive bibliography of secondary sources is included, as well as links to a range of other Victorian literary and artistic sites, membership information, and details of the Fellowship's twice-yearly Review and Journal, and the archive established at St. Hugh's College, Oxford University. The site is updated regularly.
The Chaucer Pedagogy Page is a website for both teachers and students of Geoffrey Chaucer and his works. This site is a good starting point for Chaucerian research and teaching on a basic level, providing information and links to related resources. The site groups resources and links under basic questions such as "who was Chaucer and what did he do?" and "why was Chaucer's time so important?", as well as providing research paper ideas and information on assessing websites for accuracy and content. The author of the site provides links to other Chaucer sites, as well as to electronic texts in both Middle and Modern English. Resources for teachers includes a 'refresher' section that covers Middle English: grammar; syntax; vocabulary; and pronunciation, as well as providing links to online bibliographies, and e-text primary sources. The site also provides: assignment ideas; teaching notes; later-secondary-school assignments; and a section on responsible research techniques and avoiding plagiarism.
The website 'Discourse of Reading Groups' constitutes the online presence of a research project dedicated to the study of reading groups, book groups and book clubs in Britain. The project is based in the Centre for Language and Communication, Open University, and is funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council. The main focus of this research is to understand 'how readers interpret and evaluate literary texts'. The resource provides a set of 'Research Questions' that set the objectives for the project and determine relevant methodological approaches. There are also sections explaining what 'Reading Groups' are the subject of investigation, how 'Data' is collected, what 'Research Methods' are used, and who are 'The Project Team'. In addition, users will find pages of 'Research links' to websites of other Open University research groups, and to a few more related projects on reading. There is also a section with abstracts, in PDF, of conference papers on reading groups and a list of planned publications on the subject. A 'Select Bibliography' provides a list of relevant literature, and 'Press Coverage' contains two articles on the subject that appeared in a special supplement to the Guardian G2 magazine. There is also a link to the sponsor's website (AHRC). To sum up, the 'Discourse of Reading Groups' website provides extensive information on the project, and the resource will be of use particularly to academics and researchers who are interested in reader response approaches to the study of literature, in quantitative and qualitative discourse analysis.
Educational Researcher is a journal useful for anyone interested in the general significance of educational research. The journal features three types of research articles: feature articles; reviews/essays; and briefs. Educational Research also publishes commentary articles relating to: policy; letters; and books. The website provides: information on the journal's aims; submission and subscription details; and selected free, full-text articles. This journal would be of most help to students and researchers looking for a general description of research in education.
'Examining the Oxford English Dictionary' is the website of a project dedicated to exploring the development of one of the most comprehensive and well-known English resources. The project is of value to language and literature researchers at all levels, for the insights it gives into the complex relationship between language and literature and the development of both. Authored by Charlotte Brewer, a member of the English Faculty at Oxford University, the site illustrates a level of scholarship and detail that reflects the huge achievement of the dictionary itself. Setting out to uncover the foundations of the English language as represented in the OED, Brewer considers the dictionary's quotations and quotation sources, using the search facilities of the OED online. The project explores the Dictionary's bias towards certain types of literature and language by means of analysing the quotations used for its definitions, focussing on the under-representation of 18th-century sources and women authors. The website is regularly updated with news of additional materials and downloadable secondary source articles. Well-presented and user-friendly, this site uses a comprehensive range of information, from philosophical debate to detailed analysis of facts and statistics, to explore the role of the OED in the development of the English language.
This is the online version of Forum: the University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, which is a peer-reviewed journal, aimed primarily at postgraduate students working in arts and culture disciplines. Beginning in Autumn 2005 and with a multi-disciplinary approach to arts and culture, Forum contains articles from across the humanities subjects. The biannual publication has a particular theme for each issue which aims to provoke discussion and debate within an overall clear focus. Forum aims to offer a platform for the exchange of ideas, to encourage debate and discussion and to foster postgraduate participation. The website contains full articles, with the useful device of an abstract linking to the full-text in either HTML or PDF format. The theme of the first issue was 'Origins and Originality' and topics included Post-colonial theory, Darwin's autobiographies, modern Gaelic verse, and George Eliot's 'Daniel Deronda'. The website contains a navigation bar linking to the current issue, submission guidelines, news and events, links and mailing list registration. It is well-presented, user-friendly and regularly updated.
The Fossils: The Historians of Amateur Journalism is a North American organisation and archive dedicated to research on the amateur journalism movement and its authors. The organisation gives free online access to 'The Fossil', a full-text ejournal. At April 2010 the free online issues of The Fossil run from 2004 to January 2010. Some issues are made up largely of short association news, obituaries and notes - but others contain substantial scholarly articles (e.g.: a ten page article on Lovecraft in the July 2009 issue). The website also contains archived articles from the American Private Press Association, and a history of the Library of Amateur Journalism, together with the expected details of membership fees and contact details. The Fossils website will be a useful contact point for researchers interested in the history of fan cultures, fantasy and science-fiction fandom, and the history of small press publishing in the USA.
The website of the George Sand Association is a well-presented resource. It will be of interest to literary researchers at all levels wishing to access material on George Sand (1804-1876), both in English and her native French. While there is a 'members only' section, the site makes freely available a wide range of material. For example, the site offers a bibliography of Sand's work in translation, which is divided into three sections. These cover: translations published between 1845 and 1961; from 1961 onwards; and material currently in the process of translation. Works listed include 'The Castle of Pictordu', translated by G. S. Grahame (1883), 'Winter in Majorca', translated by Robert Graves (1989) and 'The Private Secretary' translated by Lucy Schwartz (2005). The site also features: a full contents listing for past issues of the Association's journal; a list of works available on the Internet; and online research articles. French and English material is included in all these sections of the site. There is also information on conferences and other events, as well as links to other sites of interest. This site is straightforward to use and while much of the material is in French, there is sufficient English content to make it useful to a wide range of researchers.
The Hawthorne in Salem website is a collaborative college and museum venture linking important Nathaniel Hawthorne collections with historic sites. The site offers a comprehensive approach to Hawthorne's life and writings, as well as detailed information on the houses and locations which featured either in his personal history, his work or both. The strong links between Hawthorne's writing and Salem, Massachusetts are an important part of his work and this site explores them through factual information, scholarly articles, timelines and maps. There are sophisticated search features which relate to different aspects of the site and interactive elements, making this a very comprehensive resource for researchers at all levels. The site may be searched under the general headings of 'Life and Times', 'Literature', 'Buildings and Houses', 'Explore' and 'Archives'. Each of these leads to further sub-headings, some of which are cross-referenced. A full site map offers an overview of all the available material. This site is an excellent resource, with a strong scholarly approach, good visuals and plenty of contextual material to encourage wider consideration of Hawthorne's work. It is very user-friendly and has clearly been devised with a great deal of thought for maximum accessibility.
The History of Literacy website is maintained by the History of Reading Special Interest Group (SIG) of the International Reading Association and provides a focal point for anyone researching the history of literacy and reading. The site includes information about the History of Reading SIG; back issues of the group's newsletter (in PDF, from 1976); a series of online publications (also in PDF) which provide practical guidance on undertaking (and funding) research on the history of literacy; and a series of pages dedicated to locating research resources including archives, organisations, book reviews, and funding grants. There are smaller sections on teaching, offering sample course syllabi, and unannotated links to further online resources. The group maintains an email discussion list, the subscription details for which are also available.
The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) is a worldwide association for dealers in antiquarian books. It also known by the French title of Ligue Internationale de la Librarie Ancienne (LILA). The website has full details of the organisation and the membership, a listing of major book fairs, and details of the ILAB/LILA bibliography prize. Users can search or browse real-time book stock of member booksellers. Additionally, the site makes available several resources including: a dictionary of abbreviations commonly used by German and Italian booksellers; a dictionary of specialist terms and expressions in four different languages; a glossary. An online version of the classic book "ABC for book collectors" by John Carter and Nicolas Barker can be downloaded as a PDF file. There is a exhaustive list of national associations which are part of ILAB - the British branch of ILAB/LILA is the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association. Full-text conference papers are available in the 'Publications' section, including "The Gaelic Book: The Printed Book in Scottish Gaelic". The ILAB/LILA website is also available in French, German, and Chinese.
This website is dedicated to raising the profile of Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866) outside that of wife of a famous man. Of interest to literature researchers at all levels, this resource offers insight into the influence of Jane Welsh Carlyle on her husband, Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), through an exploration of her as an intelligent, charming and literary woman. The site is compiled by Malcolm Ingram, whose own background in psychology offers the starting point for his interest. This provides an authoritative approach to Welsh Carlyle's health and personality. The site is laid out as one main page with highlighted links, along with a side bar in which the overall menu is listed. Headings include: a brief biography; considerations of Welsh Carlyle from both her own viewpoint and that of others; detailed analysis of her health; and a timeline of events. Much use is made of quotations from letters written by Welsh Carlyle and others, as well as critical analysis of these letters. This easy to use site is an excellent resource for beginning research on a prolific letter writer, who took the role of Victorian wife and helpmeet and interpreted it in her own way. The material is presented clearly and with a combination of academic objectivity and the lively style of the enthusiast.
The Web page relating to John Betjeman's library provides information on Exeter University's archival collection of works from Betjeman's working library. Comprising more than 4,000 items, the collection reflects Betjeman's keen interest in the following areas: 19th to 20th century architecture; 19th-century English poetry; English topography; and parish church architecture and history. The site includes: a brief biography of Betjeman; the history of the collection; viewing details; and, most importantly, a link to the university library's online catalogue containing details of the books Betjeman owned. This online catalogue of Betjeman's library is a valuable reference tool and serves as a good point of departure prior to consulting the collection directly.
John Lye's Source and Course Page is a website that hosts a large number of short essays, written by Professor John Lye of Brock University, intended for undergraduate English students. The essays are grouped into sections on: literary theory; literature; and communications. The literary theory section provides clear introductions to various aspects of contemporary theory, including: structuralism; poststructuralism and deconstruction; and reader-response theory. The section also provides articles about theorists such as: Bakhtin; Foucault; and J. Hillis Miller, as well as brief essays on psychoanalytic and feminist approaches to literature. The literature section comprises: guides to critical reading and the rationale behind literary study; summaries of the characteristics of modernist and postmodernist texts; and discussions on African-American and postcolonial perspectives. 'Communications' is devoted to cultural and media studies, with articles on subjects including: dialectics; cognitive constructivism; and semiotic analysis. Each essay is clear and well structured, providing straightforward explanations of often complex ideas, and introducing the multiplicity of approaches to literary studies.
Lacanian Compass is an open-access online newsletter published by the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP). Its aim is to inform of international events in the field of Lacanian psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic criticism. Jacques Lacan is a French psychoanalyst and theorist whose works has had a tremendous influence on modern thought. His interests in structuralist linguistics and the philosophy of Hegel, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty led to the reconceptualization of issues such as: otherness; subjectivity; sexual difference; and the drives. Current and previous issues of the Lacanian Compass provide commentaries and reports from seminars, lectures and psychoanalytic congresses, as well as critical responses to queries raised by literature, visual arts, media and cultural studies. Although the welcome screen listing consecutive issues of the newsletter is presented in Spanish, the publication itself is entirely in English. The fact that articles and papers in Lacanian Compass are available in full length is another advantage of the journal. These two qualities make the following publication significantly different from otherwise highly commendable Lacanian Ink and The Symptom. This newsletter can be of use to scholarly audience and enthusiasts of psychoanalytic criticism. For those who wish to be regularly updated, the website offers a free subscription.
Leigh Hunt Online is the website of a research project run by the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections and Archives. The project is working to digitise the letters of the Romantic writer, editor and critics, Leigh Hunt, who was a contemporary of Shelley, Keats and Byron. At the time of writing the project is in its initial phase, working to digitise 1600 letters from the Brewer-Hunt collection, held at the University of Iowa and bring them together with previously made (unpublished) transcripts held at the University of Toledo and elsewhere. Future phases of the project will involve international cooperation between libraries with Leigh Hunt holdings, and scholars of the Romantic period, in order to gather together information on the location of other letters by Leigh Hunt, together with further images and transcripts where possible. The website provides a brief biography of Leigh Hunt and the aims, methodology and standards of the project, together with: details of Iowa's Leigh Hunt collection; project staff; and a number of digitised letters and transcripts, including some to and from Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. The digitised letters are presented as high quality images, with a description and transcript on the same page. Those researching or studying Romantic period English literature would find this an interesting and enlightening resource.
Literature Online (LION) is a fully searchable library of more than a third of a million works of poetry, prose and drama in English, plus full-text literary journals, biographies and key criticism and reference resources including the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature. Content dates from the 7th century to the present day. The digital versions include annotations by the author, critical apparatus, and any images and illustrations of the print version being digitised. These have been encoded in SGML (recording structural information such as paragraph breaks, chapters and page numbering), although the texts are delivered as HTML Web pages. The electronic texts maintain spelling and orthographic idiosyncrasies. The databases can be cross-searched by author, title and keyword. Individual databases have other search functions. Access is via institutional subscription. Literature Online is available to UK HE/FE institutions under a national license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). This description is based upon that provided by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
LitWeb is an online companion to the printed Norton Introduction to Literature, which provides an excellent suite of study workshops on: poems; fiction; and drama. The site has been designed for students learning the techniques of literary criticism, and for teachers encouraging such learning in a class environment. The workshops are all structured in a similar manner: first, they provide the primary text that is to be read, along with some simple questions to help students formulate their first impressions of the text; next, students are asked to re-read the text and consider some more advanced issues, moving away from a personal response towards close reading and interpretation; finally, a page of 'explorations' is provided, encouraging further research of particular aspect or themes of the text in question. Links to other web resources are provided for each text. In addition, the site features a large section devoted to writing about literature. This covers several topics, from: describing; analysing; and interpreting texts, through current theoretical approaches to criticism, to the actual process of essay writing. A glossary of literary terms, links to other Norton literary sites, and a discussion forum are also provided, as are glossary flashcards and several quizzes. This is an extensive and thoughtfully designed site that should prove helpful to GCSE and A level literature students.
The website Locating Pre-1800 Imprints, British and American is part of Cornell University Library's Web pages and provides indices to microform sets and links to online databases. Most of the collections are not accessible to non-Cornell users, but the bibliographical data is useful to those researching British or American works prior to 1800. In particular this page is useful for students beginning primary source work, as an introduction to where the sources are to be found. The American section includes Early American imprints (Evans and Shaw Shoemaker), based on Evan's American Bibliography, which contained the full-text of all known books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in the US (including British American colonies) from 1639 to 1800. There is also information on early American newspapers, and early encounters in North America.The British section features: early English books from 1475 to 1700; the Thomason tracts; eighteenth century works; Stationer's Company registers; early English newspapers; and renaissance and medieval literary manuscripts. There is also a section on European incunabula.
The location register of twentieth-century English literary manuscripts and letters is a print and online resource for researchers requiring information about where manuscripts are held and how they may be accessed. The online version is freely available and allows keyword and browse search options. The register covers holdings of all sizes from British and Irish institutions ranging from the British Library to local museums. The register's remit is broad, with minor writers of genre fiction included alongside the major figures of literary history. The online database includes all updates submitted for the 2003 print supplement to the register, and should continue to expand as new manuscript accessions accrue. The online register may be searched by author, title, or phrase. Results provide bibliographic details including date, ownership, call number, access restrictions, and, of course, location. Result fields such as 'author' and 'held by' may be clicked on to bring up further results lists of all records in the database for that particular author or institution. The site is well presented, and should become a standard resource for twentieth-century literary research.
'Mr. Bauld's English' is a website by a retired English lecturer from Nova Scotia, who offers open access to his years of experience in English studies. His site is a useful resource for English students up to undergraduate level. While some of the material on the site is aimed at Canadian students, the general content is suitable for any student beginning advanced study. The site may be browsed by headings including: 'Books'; 'Education'; 'Grammar/Language'; and 'Literary Criticism'. Advice is included on: writing essays; choosing texts; developing a personal philosophy towards one's own learning; and along with the good practical advice, there are some gems of wisdom that give this site a very personal voice. There are examples of student essays as well as links to essays by scholars and a wealth of general advice on approaching criticism and interpretation. This site is primarily about approaching the task of analysis and criticism and is very much a lesson from the favourite teacher that everyone goes back to visit long after they have left his classes. It's easy to navigate and full of the relaxed comforting wisdom every undergraduate needs from time to time. Users of the site should note that a few of the links on the site are broken.
Narratorial strategies in British fiction of the 1990s is an online version of the article originally published by Brother Anthony of Taize (aka An Sonjae) in The Journal of English Language and Literature - ISSN (printed): 1016-2283. Unfortunately, the journal is not available in electronic format. This hypertext publication is a part of the author's website which further includes a professional profile of Brother Anthony, as well as a number of links to his essays and articles on literature. This particular page offers a discussion of key issues regarding British fiction of the 1990s. In particular, the article focuses on various narratorial strategies, such as first person unreliable narration, multiple narratorial voices and mixed narration (third person and first person). Whilst assessing the function and significance of each strategy, the author discusses the questions of nationhood, identity, authority, Diaspora, hybridity, private memory and national history. Examples illustrating the argument are drawn from the works of critically acclaimed writers, including: Salman Rushdie; Kazuo Ishiguro; Caryl Philips; Ian McEwan; Martin Amis; Graham Swift; and Tibor Fischer. To sum up, the website provides a concise, accessible and reliable online resource for students, researchers and general readers interested in twentieth century and contemporary fiction.
The Eldritch Press website Nathaniel Hawthorne is an information-rich website for researchers of this nineteenth century American author. From a comprehensive collection of biographical material to downloadable HTML texts of Hawthorne's novels and short stories, the site either includes or offers links to an impressive range of resources. Novels available for download include: The Scarlet Letter; The House of the Seven Gables; Twice-Told Tales; Tanglewood Tales; and The Life of Franklin Pierce. The site also includes online editions of lesser known material, such as Passages from the French and Italian Notebooks of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1883) and Passages from the English Notebooks of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1870), both edited by his widow, Sophia Hawthorne. The biographical material consists of a collection of essays, reflections, articles and bibliographies, while the Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne lists all first editions and magazine publications, early and recent criticism and a wide range of what is termed Hawthorneana. There are resources for teachers, links to related material in other media and fun stuff, such as parodies, frequently asked questions and suggestions for locating material. This site is very straightforward to use and offers advice on the best way to download large files and to cite material to MLA guidelines. A very enjoyable and lively site.
Norton Topics Online is a Web companion to the Norton Anthology of English Literature. This free and comprehensive resource is aimed at students up to undergraduate level and offers topics for study and discussion under subject areas defined by specific periods of English Literature. The periods covered are the Middle Ages, the Sixteenth Century, the Early Seventeenth Century, the Restoration and Eighteenth Century, the Romantic Period, the Victorian Age and the Twentieth Century. Each period has four topics designed to stimulate critical thinking and generate research papers, and each period's page lists relevant and annotated links to other Web resources to help users gain more information. The site is fully searchable, and has links to the Norton Anthology of English Literature and the Norton Online Archive, with its electronic library of over one hundred and fifty literary texts and downloadable files - including audio readings (RealAudio software required). There are also review materials, quizzes, authors' notes and website overviews for both teachers and students. This is an attractively presented and easily usable site, providing an accessible starting point for research and background study.
The Penguin Collectors' Society is a British organisation devoted to Penguin Books. The Society produces a variety of scholarly publications for members, such as: 'Penguin by Designers' (2007); 'In Search of a Hero: Looking for Allen Lane' (2006) by Alistair McCleery of Napier University; and the first English translation of 'The Typography of Penguins' (1956), among others. These books do not appear to be available via Amazon UK. The Society newsletter, The Penguin Collector, is published twice a year. The website has all the details one would expect to find on the website of a major publishing history society, plus additional items such as a free 'Students' Guide'. The history and influence of Penguin Books is judged to be of significant scholarly interest across a range of disciplines - for instance, in 2008 the AHRC funded a £750,000 project to create an online catalogue of the Penguin Archive at Bristol University.
'Poetry through the Ages' is an online exhibit funded and published by the Institute for Dynamic Educational Development (IDEA). The site is designed with: the interested reader of poetry; poets; students; and educators in mind, and to this end the content is fairly broad and introductory, rather than highly scholarly, in nature. The focus of the resource is the history of poetry in terms of form, from the very beginnings of human language and art, all the way to the 21st century. Overviews of each form of poetry are divided into several sections: 'Famous forms'; 'Classic forms'; 'Obscure forms'; and '21st century forms', and accompanied by: a short history of poetry as a medium; a section on poetry as a business; and tips on reading poems. Passages detailing form and history are backed up with examples from poets as diverse as: Sappho; John McCrae; Dylan Thomas; and Sylvia Plath. The site also uses an interactive 'node view' as an alternative way of exploring the history of poetry, albeit at a fairly basic level. Lesson ideas for teachers and tips to help writers create their own poetry in each form are also provided. The whole exhibition may be reproduced or displayed for non-commercial purposes, subject to attribution. This resource would be a valuable introduction to the subject for use by English teachers, as well as budding poets and fans of poetry more generally.
Poetrymagic.co.uk is an online guide designed for students and writers of poetry. The information on the site is divided into four main sections: general; publishing; advanced; and poets. The 'general' section includes basic information such as: the definitions of poetry; ways of critiquing poems; and genres of poetry. There are useful links to writer's resources, e-zines and some recommendations of good magazines and poetry books to buy. The 'publishing' section looks at: how to publicise your poetry; how to get poetry published; and creating a poetry website. The 'advanced' section covers: literary analysis of poetry; philosophical movements that have influenced and been influenced by poetry; and critical movements. The site invites responses as to how it could be improved and is updated regularly. It is a useful reference point for poets and English students.
Postgraduate English is an online electronic journal for postgraduate students in the UK and Europe. It is an extremely useful resource for anyone involved in postgraduate research or teaching. The journal is published biannually, and each issue contains: refereed articles; postgraduate tips ('PG-tips'); and a Forum. The full texts of the articles are freely available, as are the first responses (evaluations) for each. The PG-tips section includes: information on postgraduate teaching; employment rights and advice; professional organisations; jobs and fellowships; literary and research sources. The Forum section provides pieces of academic journalism on matters related to PG life, and PG conference announcements. Past issues are available from number one (March 2000) onwards. There is also a summary of an annual conference called PG Futures, which will also be of great value to anyone trying to find their way in academia. Although the journal is written by, and aimed primarily at English language and literature students, much of the information on the site will be relevant to students working in other subjects, as it addresses general research issues. The links given are also extremely rich and well selected. A great site to visit and explore.
The Quadrivium Project is an online resource for training doctoral students in Medieval English textual studies. The site is hosted by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Glasgow and is run in partnership with the Universities of: York; Birmingham; Queen Mary's London; and Queen's University in Belfast. The site provides a portal to training materials on: language (mainly Middle English); palaeography and codicology; and textual criticism and editorial practices. Another section on 'socio-historical context' is also under construction at the time of writing. The types of materials available on the site range from links to catalogues of medieval manuscripts and digitised manuscripts, to brief discussions on textual editing processes. The project also provides links to the partner projects and institutions, and to other related websites. This resource would be of interest to postgraduates working in: Medieval English; history; or manuscript studies.
This wiki describes all three AHRC-funded LICAU workshops. These events, in 2007-2008 aimed to address the problem of increasing academic interest in literary illustration meeting a background of museums and libraries unable to provide appropriate access to their illustration collections. The workshops brought together curators, conservators, academics, creative industries and illustrators to explore their research, access and conservation needs (including discussion of digitisation and emerging modes of academic research) with a view to “to [raising] the standing of illustration in the academy, libraries and museums, and in the public eye” as well as establishing networks to serve this aim. The wiki includes a link to a summary of the project's original proposal.
The Richard Stockton Text Project is an online sharing of research by students on the Richard Stockton College's 'Introduction to Literary Research' course. It is a useful resource for early research, locating secondary source material and models for critical analysis. It also provides helpful background information for the broad range of texts studied, although some of the essays are rather subjective. All, however, offer some useful starting points for further study. This is a developing site to which annotated texts will be added with each new semester. Featured texts include: 'The Deserted Village,' by Oliver Goldsmith; 'A Grammarian's Funeral' and 'Caliban upon Setebos' by Robert Browning; 'Heart of Darkness' by Joseph Conrad; 'Ulysses' by James Joyce; and 'Leaves of Grass' by Walt Whitman. There are also annotated transcriptions of 'The American Weekly Mercury,' Philadelphia's first newspaper, which was originally published in 1719. The main page of this site is simply a list of the material included with links, but each featured text is addressed in detail in a manner which is user-friendly and easy to follow.
The website for the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre describes the activities organised by the Centre and allows access to the searchable catalogue of archives held there. Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was one of the greatest children's writers of the 20th century, his works including classics such as: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; James and the Giant Peach; The Witches; and The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). The Centre, which is based in the village of Missenden, Buckinghamshire, offers: family and school activities; exhibitions; and storytelling workshops. For a more scholarly audience, they host Roald Dahl's extensive archive of: manuscripts; letters; and photographs. The archive database may be searched online, returning both collection-level and individual item details. A handful of items have been digitised and may be viewed at the site. These include some the letters Dahl wrote when he was at school (1925-1934), and early drafts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (viewable in PDF format). The site also provides press releases, along with several photographs of Roald Dahl, his family, and the Centre itself. This is a well-designed website that should be of use to scholars researching Dahl and 20th-century children's literature.
Romantic Circles is an extensive scholarly Website for the study of the literature and culture of the Romantic period (c.1780-1830). All original content made available through the site has passed through a peer review process. The 'Praxis Series' (ISSN: 1528-8129) section of the Romantic Circles site publishes online volumes critically discuss all aspects of Romanticism. The series itself is intended as a demonstration of how computing technologies (especially the Web) might be used to present scholarly work. Archived volumes include 'Romanticism & Contemporary Poetry & Poetics' (ed. Lisa M. Steinman, with essays by Charles Altieri, Robert Kaufman, and Ellen Keck Stauder); 'Frankenstein's Dream' (ed. Jerrold E. Hogle, with essays by Anne Williams, Matthew VanWinkle, John Rieder and Marc Redfield; 'Romanticism and Complexity', (ed. Hugh Roberts and containing essays by Arkady Plotnitsky and R. Paul Yoder); 'The Containment and Redeployment of English India' (ed. Daniel J. O'Quinn); 'Schelling and Romanticism' (ed. David S. Ferris); 'Re-reading Box Hill: The Practice of Reading the Practice of Everyday Life' (ed. William Galperin), and 'The "Honourable Characteristic of Poetry": Two Hundred Years of Lyrical Ballads' (ed. Marcy L. Tanter). At the time of writing, current issues are 'Romanticism and Opera' and 'The Legacies of Paul de Man'. The series editor is Orrin N. C. Wang.
S-Cool! is a UK-based website for school students. The AS and A2 revision page for French offers a wide range of activities and exercises. Selected syllabi topics are available as part of the revision process and there is a helpful section on study skills that is generic to all syllabi. The site provides revision guides for GCSE, AS and A2 level students covering a range of subjects, including AS and A2 level Art, English Literature, French, History, and other subjects. In addition the site also provides articles and other resources for students. An excellent counterpart to the BBC's A/S Guru, it also provides careers advice, information about Modern Apprenticeships and CV writing skills, for all levels. There is a section for teachers, a discussion area, links to helpful sites, and a feedback section for comments on the site. Some parts of the site require user registration.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database is a freely available online resource designed to help students and researchers locate secondary sources for the study of this genre. These include: historical material; books; articles; news reports; interviews; film reviews; commentary; and fan writing. Book reviews are not indexed here, nor are novels and short stories of this genre. The database, compiled by Hal W. Hall, a librarian at Texas A & M University, draws and expands upon the Science Fiction and Fantasy Reference Indexes of 1878-1985; 1985-1991; and 1992-1995. The scope of the database is intentionally inclusive, covering science fiction; fantasy; horror; gothic; utopian; supernatural; and weird fiction, although science fiction receives the greatest coverage. Most of the entries are in English, although the database does hold a representative collection of non-English material, particularly from Europe. Simple and advanced searches may be conducted with full guidance provided on how to get the best results from the database: it may be used as a current awareness tool, for example, by conducting an advanced search using the imprint field and entering a specific year. A list of the magazines and journals surveyed in order to compile this index is available, together with a thesaurus of science fiction and fantasy indexing terms. Users are invited to suggest additions to the database. Continually updated and expanded, this is an excellent online tool for those interested in science fiction and fantasy.
This website contains a full-text online version of a doctoral thesis on the use of the second person narrative mode. Dennis Schofield's text is entitled: 'The Second Person: A Point of View? The Function of the Second-Person Pronoun in Narrative Prose Fiction'. The work explores how analyses of specifically second person storytelling might challenge the (Cartesian) assumptions of much narrative theory. Schofield wishes to use second person narrative to tilt criticism that is obsessed with the self, towards a more 'sociocentric', intersubjective, approach. Methodologically, the thesis owes much to CS Pierce's semiotics and to various post-structuralist developments in this field. Schofield is particularly interested in the fiction of Daniel Gunn and the poetics of John Keats. The resource is well-organised and user-friendly, and it will be of interest to students of language and literature, as well as scholars and researchers of related issues.
The "Thomas Carlyle: health and personality" website is compiled by Malcolm Ingram, a retired consultant psychiatrist and former lecturer at Glasgow University, who applies his expertise to the study of Carlyle (1795-1881) as a writer. The pages include: a biography laid out in date summaries; a detailed chronology linking Carlyle's life with contemporary literature and events and a study of Carlyle's and his family's health. There are sections on his writing style and the history of hypochondria, with a psychiatric perspective on his personality and state of health. The site is well laid out so that researchers at all levels can easily locate their specific areas of interest in Carlyle's life, writing and psychiatric profile. A sidebar with subheadings offers features on: "Sex and the Carlyle's Marriage"; "Carlyle and Oedipus"; "Psychopatholgy"; and "Virginia Woolf and Thomas Carlyle". There are also collections of quotations by Carlyle on various subjects and a detailed analysis of his writing style, under the heading "Carlylese". The site is very accessible and well-presented, with links to other sites by the same author on Carlyle's contemporaries, as well as broader related links.
'The TLS centenary archive' is a commercial online research archive, offering access to the back-issues of The Times Literary Supplement (TLS). This library-oriented archive is available in a "fully searchable image format" that covers "5,000 weekly issues" said to contain "about 250 million words". Until 1974 contributors to the TLS were anonymous, but this website reveals their identities and has highly detailed information about TLS contributors. The website also contains a free and full-text 23,000-word history of The Times Literary Supplement, "The TLS and its contributors" by Deborah McVea and Jeremy Treglown. The website also has details of the holdings of the old print-based TLS Archive at News International Record Office in London. Since the TLS has long published new and original poetry on its pages, this archive is effectively also an archive of poetry.
The website "The Traditional Ballad Index" is a large database of bibliographic information about ballads and folk songs in English. The actual texts of the ballads are not reproduced, but there are descriptions of the content of each song, information about the first known text and its geographical origins, its author (where known), and alternative titles. Additional comments note possible derivations from other songs or traditional stories and legends. Each record lists the sources in which the ballad was found, both written texts and audio recordings. The ballads date from the medieval period to the early twentieth century and mostly originate in the British Isles or North America. The database may be downloaded to a local host (in various formats) or searched by keyword via the Internet. This fascinating resource should be of interest to those researching popular literature and cultural history.
The website "Victoria Research Web" is a regularly updated comprehensive online collection of scholarly resources for Victorian Studies in particular, and the "long 19th century" in general, created by Professor Patrick Leary of Indiana University, Bloomington. The site offers help with locating virtually all forms of material associated with a research project, from manuscripts and census data to periodicals, period photographs, bibliographies and book reviews, in the form of explanatory text supplemented by extensive sets of links. It also contains a journal guide, a list of relevant discussion groups and a collection of syllabi, as well as a section dedicated to planning a research trip to or in Britain. Both the website itself and the archives of the associated discussion list are fully searchable.
This annotated guide to the main Victorian Studies resources available on the Internet is part of Professor Patrick Leary's 'Victoria Research Web'. It lists, and links to, several general guides and directories of related Call for Papers websites, Victorian Studies organisations, a number of carefully selected and intelligently described digital projects, and other websites of academic interest. In addition, it contains a link to a sobering document written by Professor Leary with the student and novice researcher in mind. Entitled "A Word of Advice for Persons Relying on the Internet to Research Victorian Topics", it highlights some of the pitfalls of pursuing such an endeavour, argues for an integrated approach to research that does not shun the traditional library, and encourages visitors to critically evaluate the quality and reliability of Internet resources they intend to use in their work.
Internet for English is a free "teach yourself" tutorial on the Web, teaching Internet information skills for English language and literature. The tutorial is aimed at students, lecturers, and researchers who want to improve their knowledge of the best Internet resources for English.Internet for English is one of a set of tutorials within Intute's Virtual Training Suite. The tutorials may also be used to support teaching and training courses. Each course consists of: a tour of some key sites; techniques for discovering additional web resources; guidelines for critically evaluating such resources; and a section on how to use information from the Internet in one's own teaching or research projects (how to format citations, etc.) Each tutorial is written by a subject specialist.The Intute Virtual Training Suite receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
The WATCH File (Writers, Artists, and Their Copyright Holders) is a database providing contact details for copyright holders who have unpublished material in libraries in North America and the United Kingdom. WATCH is aimed at scholars who may wish to use this material. The database is produced jointly by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas and the University of Reading Library. WATCH is searchable by name and a number of search tips are provided. Additional information is given on copyright and identifying copyright holders in the US and UK along with a page of online copyright resources.
The Wordsworth Centre at Lancaster University is a website created by the staff of the Department of English and Creative Writing to promote interest in William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and the Lake District at undergraduate, postgraduate and wider levels. It also explores wider questions about poetry and landscape and poetry and conservation. To this end students and staff are currently working on two research projects 'From Goslar to Grasmere' (a first-ever attempt to digitise Wordsworth's manuscripts) and 'Mapping the Literary Lakes' (making use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to map out textual representations of the Lake District). Links to these projects can be found on this website. Also provided is an account of the Centre's annual field trip and a page of useful Wordsworth links.
The WATCH files, a joint project of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Reading Library, is a searchable database of contact information for the copyright holders of both published and unpublished works to be found in various research libraries in the UK and the USA. Its main aim is to assist scholars in their efforts to track down the person or institution they need to contact if they intend to reproduce all or part of such a work. Due to practical reasons, however, the compilers have made no attempt to confirm the ownership claims made by any of the individuals listed in the database, and researchers are strongly encouraged to verify these claims before publishing. To assist with this, the website offers a short introduction to the possible copyright status of unpublished works in both the US and the UK and links to separate pages dedicated to these issues, as well as a link to an Online copyright resources page that functions as a directory of relevant websites. The directory includes websites dedicated to copyright matters in various parts of the world, the home pages of several copyright collectives and licensing agencies, as well as those of writers' and artists' organisations.