452ºF is an online full-text journal of literary theory and comparative literature, published by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The journal aims to bring together established academics and postgraduate students to promote the interdisciplinary study of literary theory. At the time of writing only the founding issue of the journal is available online (July 2009). The issue is dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe and his work, with articles in: Spanish; English; Catalan; and French. Articles are available in PDF format, and an accompanying bibliography is provided in a separate section on the site. The website also provides information on: the journal's editorial board; how to submit articles; the peer review process; and other services to be provided by the journal in future. This journal has the potential to be a useful resource for lecturers and students working in the fields of English and comparative literature.
Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, a complex novel sometimes compared to Joyce's Ulysses, was published in 1973. Steven Weisenburger's A Gravity's Rainbow Companion (1988) provides a key to a basic understanding of this work. Donald F. Larsson's Companion's Companion aims to supplement rather than replace Weisenburger's commentary. Following a brief introduction, the site is divided into four main sections corresponding to the sections of the work itself, each one consisting of a series of notes together with a number of relevant images. Larsson, who is a specialist in film, attempts with the help of many correspondents to add to and sometimes correct the references to film and popular culture in Gravity's Rainbow. There is a separate index of the illustrations and a page of useful links. This site is an important contribution to the study of a major twentieth-century work of fiction.
This is the website for a branch of ANPOLL, a Brazilian research group, which is devoted to the study of literature by women. The group's main focus is the work of Lusophone and Anglophone writers, although students and researchers working on the former will probably benefit most from visiting this Portuguese-language site. A database of Brazilian women writers from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries is available on the site: for each writer listed, there is a short biography, bibliographies of primary publications and secondary criticism, and extracts. A collection of short, full-text articles on women's writing, by members of the research group, is also available: themes addressed have included the work of the early 20th century poet, Henriqueta Lisboa; Francisca Izidora; Rosália Sandoval; the representation of women in the work of 20th century novelist, José Lins do Rego; and women's challenge to the Brazilian literary canon. The site features links to related resources, and a database of the group's research interests which will assist the location of potential 'likeminds'. A valuable contribution to online resources for Lusophone women's writing.
The AHRC Centre for Editing Lives and Letters is a collaboration between Queen Mary, and Birkbeck College, University of London. Its aims are to provide resources, both academic and practical for large- and small-scale editing projects of works between 1500-1800. It particularly concentrates on historical biography, diaries, and correspondence, and is led by Professor Lisa Jardine. The website is of interest to students, postgraduates, and those carrying out research or who wish to produce an edition of letters or biography. The website lists details of courses available, projects in progress, the staff of the centre and events. Project results available on the site include: Francis Bacon's Correspondence; the letters of William Herle; the Workdiaries of Robert Boyle; Erasmus's Correspondence; Gabriel Harvey's Marginalia; and Early Letters of the Royal Society 1651-1741. The site provides links to a section on electronic letter collection, considering editorial issues and presents papers and models developed by the centre for textual editing. There is also a section on the importance and relevance of electronic texts, and the need to encourage interdisciplinary debate and dialogue between a range of experts. Established in July 2002, it was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board, under the Research Centre Awards scheme.
This versatile online resource, prepared by scholars at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, presents primary source information on Renaissance and early modern emblem books. The site is primarily dedicated to the 'Emblematum liber' (Book of Emblems) of the sixteenth-century Italian jurist, Andrea Alciato. Emblem books were popular in England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and Alciato's emblem book was influential in establishing their popularity. Individual enblems typically feature an allegorical image accompanied by a motto or religious proverb; they provided a source of moral instruction as well as being a source of entertainment.
Emblem texts are provided here in their original Latin and in an English translation from 1621; these can be read side-by-side, in adjacent frames, or separately. Titles of the emblems are organised thematically. There is also a word search facility, a selected bibliography of scholarly works on emblem books, biographical information about Alciato and information on the publication history of his emblem book. Emblem images can be viewed individually. The site additionally includes 'The Choice of Emblemes' (1586) by George Whitney, cousin of the English poetess Isabella Whitney; other resources include the seventeenth-century jestbook 'Gratiae Ludentes'. The editors promise further future additions to these pages.
'Amaltea' is an academic research team at the Universidad Complutense (Madrid) dedicated to the study of the impact of myths in contemporary European literatures. By this the directors of the team mean any mythical narrative, image and symbol which has been reformulated; translated; and re-developed in different manners since the end of the 19th century across the continent. Myths may include: themes of Greek and Roman mythologies; medieval and modern characters and symbols (such as Don Juan; Fausto; and the Holy Grail); as well as recurrent topics and images in European intellectual history and representations of social configurations. The main activity organised by Amaltea is a monthly meeting during which a particular myth is discussed. Details of the current and past programmes can be accessed on the site. Those not residing in Madrid can, nonetheless, download the full text of all interventions (in Spanish only). A very good links section will further interest those researching the significance of myths in European literatures.
This online resource is the official website of a peer-reviewed academic journal of American, British and Canadian studies (ABC), founded and edited in Romania, at Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu. The thematic scope of this publication ranges from literary, cultural and area studies to multimedia and digital arts. The editors of ABC are interested in current developments in the theoretical humanities, in particular, in multi-disciplinary approaches to Anglophone studies. Existing both in print and online versions, the journal offers full access to subscribers and free access to tables of contents and article abstracts to non-subscribers. Well-maintained and user-friendly, the resource will be of interest to students and academics whose focus is on the contemporary literary and cultural criticism, as well as on recent developments in Anglophone studies abroad.
This excellent online resource consists primarily of a full-text edition of the 'General Prologue' to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The smartly-presented text has been designed so that glosses 'pop up' when the reader runs the mouse over the word or phrase in question. An additional column contains summaries of interpretations and textual notes, with references to online essays by medievalists such as Professors Lee Patterson, C. David Benson, and Jane Zatta, as well as to other primary resources where necessary, such as the Rule of St. Augustine. A translation is provided, with facing Middle English text, and a drop-down selection box allows the reader to move easily to the part of the text describing their pilgrim of choice. Middle English audio recordings by Thomas Hanks, Jane Zatta, Alan Baragona, Tom Farrell, Alfred David, and Edwin Duncan are provided throughout the Middle English version of the text, and on a separate page for ease of access.Duncan provides links to images of some important manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales (Ellesmere, Cambridge MS Gg. 4. 27, and Oxford Corpus Christi MS 198) as well as to portraits of Chaucer himself. Background reading and further links are suggested in the 'Background' section, and help with Middle English and its pronunciation under 'Language'.This is a fine and useful resource intended primarily for the new undergraduate, or one unfamiliar with the Middle English language.
Arising from the AHRC-funded Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustrations (DMVI) project, this wiki describes a two-day workshop bringing together researchers of nineteenth century literature and illustration with computer scientists with an interest in Semantic Web and CBIR technologies to better understand how user communities interpret image content and the potential for these communities to add value, in particular to the DMVI. Additionally, the final report to is available to download.
The website of the Antwerp James Joyce Center provides information on this research centre, based at the University of Antwerp. The centre researches all aspects of Joyce's work, with an emphasis on genetic criticism, and works to promote interest in Joyce's work in Dutch-speaking countries. The website gives an overview of the work of the centre and provides full text access to a number of papers authored by members of the centre. Full issues of the centre's electronic journal 'Genetic Joyce Studies' are also available online, from the first issue in 2001 onwards. There are also links to other Joyce-related websites, and a list of relevant publications by centre members. This site would interest those researching Joyce, as well as university students studying his work.
The American novelist Thomas Pynchon (born 1937) published Vineland in 1990. This site grew from an email correspondence between the authors of this website as they read the novel (which has similarities with George Orwell's Nineteen eighty-four) for the first time and is an attempt to provide a starter kit for those 'who want to read "Vineland", but are uneasy about making their way in'. There is a substantial Introduction to the work, with lists of songs, movies and cool names contained in the book, while the main sections are a detailed page-by-page analysis and annotation of each chapter. This site provides a useful and readable introduction to an important and complex novel.
Bartelby the scrivener, a symbolic tale by Herman Melville first appeared in Putnam's monthly magazine in 1853. This site provides a hypertext edition of the text, with links to notes and illustrations, together with images of the full text as it appeared in Putnam's. There is a history of the text and list of variants, a list of sources and analogues, and a substantial Bibliography of Criticism and Sources. A number of these references link to full-text versions of reviews and articles. A search engine enables the user to search the whole site. The site is well laid out and offers an exhaustive introduction to one of Melville's stories.
The "Beowulf in Cyberspace" website is an online edition of the Old English epic poem Beowulf. A sophisticated and multimedia project, Beowulf on Steorarume contains a fully annotated text of Beowulf, along with new modern English and German translations of the poem. The editor, Benjamin Slade, also provides other relevant Old English texts such as: the Finnsburh Fragment; Waldere; Deor, and Charm Against a Sudden Stitch, for the purposes of contextualisation. Each section of the poem can be heard on an audio recording, and some sections also feature images. There are explanatory and background materials, as well as links to off-site resources.
Bibliomania.com is a commercial website that provides the full-texts of over 2,000 out-of-copyright English and American novels. Every text that one might reasonably expect to find in a paperback classic edition at a bookshop is available here. The site's contents include several 'study guide' texts mainly written by Oxford University graduates for those books frequently taught in schools, such as Huxley's "Brave New World". More than just plot summaries closely examining characters, themes and structure, the guides are designed to be of particular interest to students and their teachers or tutors. The site also has a homework/revision/query help section where you can email any English literature questions to the team. There is also a short history of the novel, divided by period and genre.For each featured author the site provides a short biography and links to electronic texts of their most widely read works. The electronic texts themselves are divided into chapters, ensuring download times are acceptable even over slow connections. Each text has its own message board. New books are added every month, along with new articles and interviews. The "research" area houses a library of reference books, biographies, and religious texts. It contains fully searchable copies of language reference books, including dictionaries, books of quotations and a thesaurus. Also included are non-fiction books with subjects ranging from history, to economics, to psychology, with major religious texts area in embryo. Erotic fiction includes The Kama Sutra and The Perfumed Garden. A free electronic concordance to each text on the site is provided. A search engine is provided with the site. Via the Search Engine one can look for individual words or whole phrases, search across either an individual text, the entire works of a specific author, or even groups of authors, enabling a comparison of the presence of specific words or phrases, across, for example, the Victorian period. The concordances provide you, within seconds, with a list of hyperlinked locations where the relevant search term can be found.
The Browning Multimedia Page, created as a class project at the University of Tennessee, is a useful website for those studying Robert Browning, particularly his connection to the visual arts. The site offers electronic texts of various Browning poems, with links to images and works of art that Browning was influenced by. One example, the poem "The Bishop Orders His Tomb at St. Praxed's Church" (1845), provides links to: images of a bishop's tomb; pictures of the different rocks depicted within the poem; and links to pictures of a dome that Browning describes. Electronic texts of works by: Walter Pater; Dante Gabriel Rossetti; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; William Morris; Thomas Hardy; George Eliot; and Alfred Lord Tennyson are also provided.
This webpage describes work on a new Cambridge University Press edition of the collected works of Ben Jonson (1572-1637), one of the most prominent authors of the English Renaissance. The site is aimed at anyone with an interest in the period from a literary or historical point of view, students, postgraduates, and researchers. It provides a brief introduction to the ebullient life and great significance of the writer for Elizabethan and early Stuart England. There is also a brief overview of the last reprint of Jonson's works, by Herford and Simpson - the eleven-volume Oxford edition. One of the aims of the electronic and paper versions is to include newly-discovered works such as "Entertainment at Britain's Burse", plus a greater volume of poetry. The edition hopes to draw on new scholarly analysis of Jonson's works, and a much broader range of materials than those available to Herford and Simpson. Most significantly the edition will sequence the texts in chronological order of publication dates, and will modernise the texts. The edition will also feature the quarto versus folio debate, and further discussion of which texts ought to be considered as final texts. It will include a listing of the books that remained from Jonson's library, and much more material and commentary that will contextualise the work and life of Ben Jonson. A census of all known performances of his plays, an archive of references to Jonson from his death, transcripts of early attempts to write his biography, and a listing of modern criticism will all add to the corpus of sources on Ben Jonson. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Research Grants scheme.
The Canon of John Lydgate project website presents detailed project descriptions and updates on Stephen R. Reimer's enterprise of re-examining the Lydgate canon, and provides meticulous information on his methodology, as well as abstracts and/or full-text versions of his publications and congress-papers on the subject. The website also links to Reimer's hypertext edition of Lydgate's 'Lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund' from British Library MS Harley 2278. Apart from a text transcription, this edition provides information on: the layout of the manuscript; a Lydgate biography; a bibliography of works cited; and detailed analyses of the texts; sources; historic background; and dialect. Reimer also provides links to several related projects and websites. While on the whole the website is thoroughly hyper-linked, the text edition itself is rather awkward to navigate and lacks notes. This project would be of use to students of medieval English literature.
'Canterbury tales & Troilus and Criseyde: a reader-friendly edition' is a website hosting full texts of two of Geoffrey Chaucer's most frequently studied works. The editor, Michael Murphy, retains the original words of the text, modernising spellings and glossing words without an obvious modern meaning. Explanatory and critical comments are also included in the footnotes. On the whole, this approach works well: the texts are easy to follow but maintain something of the feel of the original. Some introductory comments are also provided. Both texts are provided as several PDF files. The edition of the Canterbury Tales was previously published in a print format. Students new to the original texts will find these a useful introduction to Chaucer's works.
The website of the Canterbury Tales Project provides information about the project and access to a number of their articles. The aim of the project is to examine the textual history of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales from 84 manuscripts and four pre-1500 printed editions using computer-assisted means. Since it was founded in the early 1990s, the project has produced editions of individual tales, as well as individual manuscript facsimiles. Using new technology, recent research, computer collation and computer-assisted analysis, the project has produced new insights into Chaucer scholarship. The methodology of the project and the way in which the texts are being recorded, collated and analysed is described on the website through access to a large number of articles published by the project. More information about the CD-ROMs produced by the project is also provided on the website as well as a selection of links to other sites related to Chaucer and related topics. This site is of use to scholars of Chaucer, as well as those in other fields such as dialectology, palaeography, and textual analysis.
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'.
This British Library resource provides online access to William Caxton's (1442-1491) two editions of Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales', probably printed in 1476 and 1483. Caxton helped set up the Bruges printing press where the first book printed in English was produced (most likely 'Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye') and introduced the printing press to England, where he became the first major printer of English language books. The two Chaucer editions can be viewed separately or, alternatively, the digital images from each can be contrasted and compared, side by side. Users can also print the pages. Other features of this interesting website include: a timeline; a glossed bibliography concentrating on Caxton and the printing trade, including his use of the English language; links to other Chaucer resources online; information pages on the British Library's holdings of the actual books; and substantial amounts of background information about Caxton.
This is the website of the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR) at the Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University. The centre is dedicated to textual and bibliographical research in the field of English literary studies. The site has information about events and colloquia; research opportunities and networks; visiting speakers and scholars; post-graduate and post-doctoral posts; latest news; courses; CEIR personnel; and CEIR publications. Two online journals are available through the site, 'Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840' and the 'Journal of Illustration Studies' (JOIS), which was launched in late 2007. Both periodicals are available in full text versions online. Research projects and related publications posted here offer good online databases and many primary source images that will also serve as undergraduate teaching tools and study aids, especially for their bibliographical content and explanatory essays. Some projects are complete, while others are still current and being updated. All deal mainly with nineteenth-century literature; they include: A Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustrations; British Fiction, 1800–1829: A Database of Production, Circulation and Reception; and The English Novel, 1830–1836: A Survey of Prose Fiction Published in the British Isles.
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.
Paul Brians, Professor of English at Washington State University, has made available online study guides for the following literary topics: science fiction; 18th- and 19th-century European classics; love in the arts; world literature in English of India, Africa and the Caribbean; and the Bible as literature. The guides are available to be reproduced for non-profit educational purposes, though Brians asks to be notified and cited as author. Science fiction authors covered by the site include: H.G.Wells; Ray Bradbury; Walter M. Miller; Stanislaw Lem; Ursula LeGuin; Philip K. Dick; Margaret Atwood; and William Gibson. The section on the 18th and 19th century includes material on: the Enlightenment; Beethoven; Verdi; Voltaire; Bronowski's film Knowledge or Certainty; Romanticism; Goethe; women artists; realism and naturalism; Zola; 19th century Russian literature; Dostoyevsky; Nietzsche; Marx and Engels; and French impressionist painting. The love poetry material ranges from Chinese, Japanese and Egyptian love poetry, to The Song of Songs, Classical Greek and Roman love poems, Ovid, English love poems, Marie de France, Shakespeare, Madame de Lafayette and modern women's love poetry. The world literature section includes material on Achebe; Emecheta; Soyinka; Fugard; Gordimer; Lamming; Narayan; Rushdie; Roy; Desai, and an article on postcolonial literature. The study guide for Rushdie's Satanic Verses provides particularly useful notes on the text. In general, the material provides a useful point of entry for studies of the relevant authors and texts. Brians has attempted to provide notes to the texts, study questions; links to relevant sites; and has included works that can be consulted for further reading.
This very basic website about the work of D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) is created by Diane Marie Ward at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The site contains a bibliography of Lawrence's work which includes some e-texts. This is divided into the following sections: novels; short stories; plays; critical studies/essays; travel writing; letters; poems; translations; and paintings.. A critical bibliography is also included as is a very brief biography. The useful Links page is also divided into sections covering: exhibitions; manuscripts collections; research; societies; texts; and web sites. Altogether a good starting point for Lawrence researchers.
The Duchess of Malfi website (created by Dr. Larry A. Brown, professor of theater, Nashville, TN) provides the complete text of The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster, with notes and commentary. The site divides the text into individual scenes, with the notes accessible by clicking on hyperlinks in the text. The notes mostly amount to a glossary of more difficult words and phrases, but also sometimes include helpful and fairly detailed historical background. The site also provides information on Aristotle's theories on tragedy, and how Renaissance dramatists departed from his formula. This simple site is a fast and useful tool for scholars working on Webster.
This is the website for the Emory Women Writers Resource Project, which is based at Emory University in the United States. The project consists of a collection of edited and unedited texts by women writers from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century. It has been designed as a teaching resource for undergraduates learning to edit literary texts. The resource provides an alphabetical list of authors, which includes writers such as Aphra Behn and Margaret Cavendish, as well as lesser known authors and works by anonymous authors. Alternatively, users can choose material according to the ethnic origin of the writer. These categories include Caucasian, Native American and African American. Prose, poetry and dramatic texts are available online. It is possible to select either edited or unedited versions of a particular text, allowing students to compare their own work with fully edited versions. The site offers suggested assignments for students and recommended further reading.The site was commended in 1998 by the Scout Report, the premier weekly collection of useful Internet sites.
The Enfolded Hamlet is an electronic version of both the second quarto and first folio editions of William Shakespeare's play. Differences between the two texts are highlighted in pink or green, with sections common to both presented in blue. This enables both texts to be displayed together on the same screen, allowing for easy comparison. Whilst both versions of the play may be displayed in their entirety, the site comes equipped with a search engine that enables the user to find and compare specific sections, either by reference to line number or by keyword. This is an excellent site that is both efficient and well-presented. It should prove a useful tool for anyone who needs to quickly determine the differences between the versions of Hamlet at any given point in the text.
'English literature and culture from medieval period to the eighteenth century' is the work of Professor Cecilia H. C. Liu (Fu Jen University). The site compiles a wealth of introductory material on: medieval; sixteenth-century; seventeenth-century; and eighteenth-century literature, aimed explicitly at an audience of undergraduate students. Included here are resources relating to many different works and authors, such as: 'Beowulf'; Geoffrey Chaucer; William Langland; 'Sir Gawain and the green knight'; the 'Morte d'Arthure'; Thomas More; Edmund Spenser; Christopher Marlowe; William Shakespeare; Robert Herrick; John Dryden; Daniel Defoe; Jonathan Swift; and Samuel Johnson, as well as: medieval drama; ballads and lyrics. The site contains Liu's own research on the above works and authors, with some background on genres and history, and also notes and short essays written by her students. This site would be a useful tool for students learning how to read, summarise and interpret literary texts from these periods.
This website is a hypertext introduction to T.S. Eliot's landmark poem, 'The Waste Land'. Published in 1922, 'The Waste Land' is, along with Joyce's 'Ulysses', one of the most celebrated productions of early Anglo-American literary Modernism. The poem, which was edited by Ezra Pound, can be said to have shaped the work of a number of important and influential poets, among them W.H. Auden. Rickard A. Parker has annotated the poem in detail, providing explanations of allusions, information about relevant intertexts, brief commentaries, and further suggestions for interpretation and research. 'Exploring The Waste Land' also contains images, biographical and bibliographical material and background information when helpful for understanding. The site, which is based on a simple and intuitive design, uses frames, but can be viewed without.
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.
This significant resource dealing with the American novelist William Gaddis (1922-98) is the work of the Gaddis Annotations Project, a group of contributors based mainly in the United States, but also in Canada, the United Kingdom, and in Germany. There is an essay by Peter Dempsey on Gaddis's life and work and a substantial bibliography of primary and secondary materials by Steven Moore. Each of Gaddis's five novels is explored in separate pages, with introductions, detailed annotations, and scene outlines. There are also sections on Gaddis's non-fiction, obituaries and tributes, reminiscences, and the full-text of interpretative essays. The site has links to the Gaddis discussion group where began this project and to other Gaddis-related websites.
The Geoffrey Chaucer website, hosted by the English department at Harvard University, has been developed as a companion resource for the undergraduate study of Chaucer (c.1340-1400). The texts and essays available are arranged by topic including: Life of Chaucer; Canterbury Tales; Literary Subjects; Life and Manners; Medieval Science; and Chaucer's Language. The resources give a general overview of life in the later Middle Ages, and of the literary tradition of the period, but notably focus on the Canterbury Tales rather than any of Chaucer's other works. Each of the Canterbury Tales has an introductory essay which makes use of both quotations and illustrations, and further reading is also suggested. A full site index greatly assists in the retrieval of resources. This site would be of use to undergraduate students and teachers looking for an introduction to medieval life and to Chaucer's best-known works.
"Hamlet: The Undiscovered Country" is a website designed as a companion to Steve Roth's book of the same title. Roth supplies the full text of the preface and first chapter of the book which discuss the conundrum of Hamlet's age, as well as a timeline of the play which attempts to relate events in the play to events in Shakespeare's own life. A link is also provided to Chapter 2 of Roth's book (published in the online journal 'Early Modern Literary Studies') in which he investigates the timeline further. A Q & A page answers questions such as 'What’s [Hamlet] doing while he’s with the pirates? And how long is he with them?' and 'Why does Hamlet call Polonius a fishmonger, and who is Jephthah?'. This website is an interesting glimpse into Roth's book, and would be of use to students beginning to study the text of the play, as well as interested readers.
Hamlet on the Ramparts is an online collection of texts, images, and films related to Hamlet's first encounter with the ghost (Act I, scenes 4 and 5) in Shakespeare's play. Created by the MIT Shakespeare Project, in collaboration with major libraries, publishers and scholars, the website is a multimedia archive that aims to provide free access to digital resources. The site offers: electronic text excerpts from three major modern editions (the Arden, the Folger, and the Oxford); page images from the first three printed editions of the play (The First Folio, The First Quarto, The Second Quarto); and an expansive collection of artwork based on Hamlet and digitised photographs of recent productions from the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Additionally, the site contains sequences from three film versions: the Forbes-Robertson film of 1913, the Svend Gade adaptation of 1920, and the filmed record of the Richard Burton-John Gielgud production of 1964. The site also provides lesson plans and useful guides and tutorials for teachers.
Thus is a website dedicated to the novel Billy Budd by American novelist Herman Melville (1819-1891). The manuscript of Billy Budd was completed in 1891 but not published until 1924.The site's main feature is an online textual version of Raymond Weaver's 1924 edition of Billy Budd, complete with links to illustrations, nautical references and to the novel's mythical, historical and biblical allusions. There is also an excellent discussion of the novel's textual history, as well as a brief biography of Melville and a research bibliography. This is an excellent site for Melville scholars or those with an interest in exploring the novel's varied allusions. The site is best browsed with a print copy of the novel at hand.
The Interactive Shakespeare Project is a multidisciplinary initiative based at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachussets in the United States. The website of the project hosts a prototype online interactive study guide to William Shakespeare's play 'Measure for Measure'. The project aims to provide an active learning environment for the study of Shakespeare, which can be used by students and educators in secondary schools or at undergraduate level. The study guide provides: text; video; and audio material, as well as study prompts and classroom exercises. The study prompts appear in the form of hypertext links to questions on specific words and phrases in the play. The questions appear in text boxes alongside the dialogue, so that it is always possible to keep each passage in context. The website also provides the full text of essays relating to Measure for Measure, on topics such as: marriage; prostitution; and the performance history of the play. An archive of reviews of notable productions of the play is another of the many features of this site which would be of interest to those working on the stage history of Shakespearean drama. There is a separate study guide for teachers, which covers topics including: the teaching of metre; understanding and interpreting soliloquies; and performance activities.
The Internet Shakespeare Editions website provides online access to scholarly editions of the plays of William Shakespeare. Affiliated with the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, it contains "scholarly, fully annotated texts of Shakespeare's plays, multimedia explorations of the context of Shakespeare's life and works, and records of his plays in performance". The website gives access to old-spelling texts of the Quartos and the early Folios, including texts of plays which are no longer generally attributed to William Shakespeare. The advantage of this is that it facilitates comparisons between different editions for scholars engaged in textual study. The Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) are organized using the central metaphor of a library: there is a Foyer, the Library itself, a Theatre, and an Annex for more informal discussion. The Library contains works that have been reviewed by scholars in the field. It includes fully-edited plays and poems, together with a full exploration of the context in which Shakespeare wrote, and other critical and reference materials. The Theatre section contains the database of Shakespeare in Performance which includes full descriptions of Shakespeare on film, as well as illustrations of historical performances and representative collections of modern productions. The Annex currently houses transcriptions of a number of folio and quarto texts, and some articles on electronic editions. The site also contains useful discussions of the principles of encoding electronic texts. There is a gateway to Internet sites on Shakespeare and the Renaissance. All sites reached from this page have been evaluated, and recommended sites are signalled with the ISE logo of the swan; outstanding sites receive two swans.
Jane Zatta's Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales is the work of Professor Jane Zatta of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The site is designed as a resource for undergraduates, and essentially provides illustrated notes on the Tales, together with a gateway to relevant Chaucer web resources. The site is divided into three categories: context; tales and background; and other Chaucer and medieval resources. There are links to full-text copies of the canon of John Lydgate and works of John Gower, as well as to works by: Dante; Boccaccio; Augustine; and Langland. Additional links provide full-text Middle and Modern English editions of The Canterbury Tales, as well as essays on the work. The links are not annotated.
The 'John Foxe's Book of Martyrs' website provides searchable online texts of the four editions of Foxe's 'Acts and Monuments of the English Martyrs' published during the author's lifetime, in 1563, 1570, 1576, and 1583. In this work, Foxe (1516-1587) sought to represent the Protestant Reformation as 'a transforming experience in the religious history of England and Europe'. The various editions may be displayed side-by-side to enable easy comparison, and the online texts are accompanied by editorial commentaries and critical apparatus, including hypertext annotations, plus a searchable bibliography. The project originally received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board and is supported by the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield. This material can also be downloaded from the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), based at the UK Data Archive University of Essex (formerly part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service - AHDS), although registration is required to access the HDS version.
The website 'Journal of Literary Theory' (or 'JLTonline') is an online version of a print journal published under the same title since 2007 (ISSN 1862-5290). The publication is intended to serve 'as an international platform for different debates in all fields of literary theory'. 'JLTonline' consists of four sections: articles; reviews; conference proceedings; calls for papers. Only selected articles appear in full-text, but all of them are available in abstract. Publication languages are English and German; however, all abstracts are available in English. Some of the past issues focus on 'New Developments in Literary Theory and Related Disciplines', Vol 1, No 1 (2007), or 'Interpretation', Vol 2, No 1 (2008). The topics of forthcoming issues include: 'Theory of Humour', Vol 3, No 2 (2009); 'Literary Studies and Linguistics', Vol 4, No 1 (2010); 'Popular Culture', Vol 4, No 2 (2010). Reviews of studies in literary criticism and theory, including musicology, art theory, and film studies, are available in full-text, in a PDF or HTML format. Similarly, conference proceedings are published in full. Considering its thematic preoccupations and the scope of debates it presents, JLTonline constitutes a valuable resource for students and researchers of literary studies and other media-related disciplines.
Kybernekyia is a website designed and developed under the direction of Gail McDonald, formerly of the University of North Carolina. The site provides an e-text of Ezra Pound's Canto LXXXI, with a hypertext glossary to the more obscure references contained within the poem. Clicking on the image of an aged Pound above the Canto calls up a passage from Hugh Kenner's 'The Pound Era', describing the biographical background which informed the poem, namely Pound's imprisonment for his Fascist broadcasts on Italian radio during World War II. However as the use of 'hypervortext' in the website's subtitle implies, the project is more than simply a reference tool. The site also provides an accompanying essay, explaining how the physical act of using hypertext to leap from one source to another compliments Pound's desire to accumulate images and references within single words and then release them. Those studying or researching Pound and the Modernist movement would find this resource of particular interest.
This web-edition of texts of Joseph Addison's Latin poetry, with English prose translations, edited by Dana F. Sutton, is part of the Philogical Museum hosted by the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. The Addison pages are part of the 'Bibliography of Neo-Latin Texts on the Web' section of the Philological Museum collection. The pages are presented as a hypertext critical edition in book-layout, with a table of contents, including 'Introduction', 'Texts' and 'Translation', with the additional feature of links to other sites of interest. Both the introduction and the text are footnoted, providing references and commentary. The text is based on A. C. Guthkelch's 1914 edition of Addison's Miscellaneous Works. This is a clear, functional hypertext that provides the academic necessities but without many extras.
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.
'Lyrical Ballads: an electronic scholarly edtion' is on online edition of the volume of poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. This site provides free access to SGML-encoded texts of the five editions of the book that were published during Wordsworth and Coleridge's lifetimes: the Bristol and London imprints of the first edition of 1798, and the two-volume editions of 1800, 1802, and 1805. The texts are supplemented by page images of the various editions, which can be compared with the encoded texts through hypertext links. Poems can be compared simultaneously across editions via the 'dynamic collation' option. The site features an introduction to the project by the editors Bruce Graver and Ronald Tetreault, a bespoke search engine for the archive, and a bibliography of important scholarship on the publication and editing history of Lyrical Ballads. This resource would be of interest to book historians, as well as those studying the Romantic poets and their work.
This is the website of the second series of the Mickle Street Review whose mission is "to provide common ground for poets, writers, teachers, students, and readers with an interest in Walt Whitman [1819-1892] or the subjects that he wrote about". The journal was first published, by the Walt Whitman Association, out of Whitman's house on Mickle Street in Camden, New Jersey and is now revived as a project of the Walt Whitman Program in American Studies at Rutgers University in Camden. Full text is available online and there is an archive covering Issue 1 (1979) to date. A 'Listening Room' provides audio clips of Whitman's poetry. In the 'Viewing Room' video films about Whitman and his work can be viewed. Sign-up to receive regular news and events updates.
Part of the MusicWeb site, this database by music and literature critic Philip Scowcroft has a large number of articles arranged as an untitled list. Each article opens on a new scroll-down page and titles include 'British Composers in Literature', 'Crime Fiction and Music', 'Music inspired by Sherlock Holmes', 'Music and the Brontes', 'The Cafe Orchestra in Fact and Fiction', 'Jane Austen and Music' and 'Elgar in Crime Fiction'. The articles vary in length and detail but are all fully referenced and offer an excellent starting point for research on the broad subject of music in literature, as well as more focused analysis of particular genres and authors. The garlands almost reach 380 (May 2003) with many still in manuscript awaiting transcribing. There is a search facility.
This is the homepage of National Book Critics Circle, an organisation originally established in 1974. The Circle is an American group of over 700 book reviewers who have set up this website in order to communicate with one another about reviewing and editing concerns. Students and enthusiasts of contemporary literature and criticism would find this website interesting, as it contains full-length articles about issues surrounding reviewing, publishing and editing. It also contains information about the books and authors to which awards have been honoured, such as William Gass and Ian McEwan. Postgraduates and researchers wishing to get book reviews published would also find this site useful, as it provides the opportunity to submit work. Finally, a page of links to other pages involved with books and criticism. These links are up to date and of good quality.
New Readings (ISSN 1359-7485) is a scholarly, peer reviewed, electronic journal from the University of Cardiff, which is devoted primarily to 19th- and 20th-century European history, literature and cultural studies. Based upon the work of a research seminar founded in 1995 in Cardiff's School of European Studies, the journal makes available online a selection of contributions by postgraduates and new lecturers in the fields of French, German, Italian and Spanish. At the time of cataloguing, the five most recent of the nine journal volumes were available online: Travelling the Urban Space; Identity, Gender, Politics; Writing Difference; Alternative Voices in European Cinema; and Europe in the 1950s: The 'Lost' Decade?. The range of papers is impressive, addressing such areas as: autobiographical perspectives on fascism in German literature; Italian literature in the 1970s; popular culture and cinema; and a comparison of the work of Toni Morrison and Montserrat Roig. Latin American and Quebecois literature is also examined. This is an interesting journal for those working on European literature and culture, diaspora and comparative literature, and cinema.
Founded in 1988, the Northrop Frye Centre at Victoria University at the University of Toronto, Canada, focuses on humanist scholarship and of the contribution of the famed Canadian literary theorist and critic, Northrop Frye, to that tradition. There is information on the site regarding a fellowship program to enable visiting scholars to conduct their research at the Centre. The Centre also runs an annual set of lectures and seminars. It additionally hosts a major editorial project, 'The Collected Works of Northrop Frye.' The site provides a biographical sketch of Frye and a link to the archival guide for Frye's private papers in the E. J. Pratt Victoria University library.
This website is a specialised research tool for linguists and students of textual editions of Old English manuscripts. Graphotactics is defined by Professor Robert D. Stevick, the author of the website, as 'the incidence and measure of spacings between strings of written symbols of a text, where both the graphic symbols and the spacings carry linguistic information'. In its present state, the website contains the analysis of two manuscripts: Beowulf (British Library Cotton Vitellius Axv, fols. 132-201v), and Alexander's Letter (British Library Cotton Vitellius Axv, fols. 107-131v). Other manuscripts are in progress. The study of each manuscript is broken down into several analytical sections, each being a separate PDF file.
A project supported by Bucknell University's Faculty Development Committee, The Online Archive of Nineteenth-Century U.S. Women's Writings is a resource which aims to provide scholarly editions of previously unreliable or inaccessible texts by 19th-century American women authors. Featured authors include: Lydia Maria Child; Elizabeth Stuart Phelps; Harriet Prescott Spofford; Sarah Orne Jewett; Kate Chopin; Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Victoria Earle Matthews; Willa Cather; and Zitkala-Sa or Gertrude Bonnin. The texts presented include: 'Slavery's Pleasant Homes'; 'The Angel Over the Right Shoulder'; 'Circumstance'; 'A White Heron'; 'The Vogue Stories'; 'The Giant Wisteria'; 'The Yellow Wallpaper'; 'Aunt Lindy: a Story Founded on Real Life'; 'The Night Express'; and 'Impressions of an Indian Childhood'. The texts range from poems to magazine articles and while some, such as 'The Yellow Wallpaper', are well known, others have been out of print since their initial publication. The texts can either be viewed electronically or printed free of charge for personal or teaching use. Although not standardised in presentation, all texts are easily readable and maintain original spelling and punctuation. Any typographical alterations made to the original texts are noted and explained in a textual notes section. All but one of the authors' works are accompanied by critical readings or biographical information, including bibliographies for suggested further reading. The ease of accessibility coupled with the critical material makes this a very useful site for initial research, and is an invaluable resource for students and teachers.
The website of the Oxford Bibliographical Society provides information on the society and its aims and activities. Based at the Bodleian Library, at the University of Oxford, the society is dedicated to furthering the study of: bibliography; the history of the book; and textual research. The site contains details of the society's publications and lecture programme. Lectures range from considerations of the workings of the Bodleian to the collected works of Robert Louis Stevenson and the Whitington press. There is also information on: past lectures; how to join the society; and a page of links to other bibliography Web resources. The society would be of interest to book historians and those studying western manuscripts.
The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive website is the home page of a collaborative project that aims to create electronic and printed resources to facilitate comparison between the 54 extant manuscripts of the three versions of Langland's poem. As of 2007, 5 CDs of material have been published. Some of the MSS already completed include: Huntington Library MS 128; British Library MS Lansdowne 398; Bodleian Library MS Rawlinson Poetry 39; British Library MS Additional 35287; Bodleian MS Laud. misc. 581; and Oriel College MS 79. The project has made use of some original MSS, as well as microfilm and facsimilies. The website provides little free material, but does give information on the background and processes of the project. The electronic archive will facilitate the work of students, teachers and editors of Piers Plowman manuscripts.
The Plays of Thomas Middleton (1580-1627) is a specialist site providing online texts of the plays of Middleton and those on which he collaborated with other writers. There are also editions of plays which have been attributed to Middleton, but whose authorship is doubtful. Commentaries on key phrases and glossaries are provided through hypertext links.The site has a useful picture gallery of sixteenth and seventeenth century dramatists, including Ben Jonson. There are also many images of title pages of original editions of Middleton's plays. The site provides some links to secondary sources for Middleton studies, but these are rather limited. Its main function is as a textual source. The site has won numerous awards including the Literary Research Award.
This website, as part of the larger TEAMS Middle English Texts website, provides a very accessible online version of Richard Osberg's annotated edition of the complete works of Laurence Minot. Minot's eleven historical poems, which celebrate a series of victories of Edward I on the Scottish border and on the Continent between 1333 and 1352, are presented in two frames, which simultaneously display the full-text edition (with Modern English translations in the margin) and the footnotes. The footnotes are hyper-linked with the main text, which makes this edition particularly accessible. The site also reproduces Osberg's detailed introduction, with scholarly information on Laurence Minot's life, patronage and poetic style, as well as on the early-fifteenth-century manuscript (Cotton Galba E.ix)in which the poems have been preserved. Finally, the site includes a select, but rather exhaustive bibliography on Minot.
This James Joyce website is intended to assist the appreciation of the 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man', by providing some online information about the book and its writer. The site's author, Brandon Kershner, edited the 1993 edition of the 'Portrait of the Artist,' published as part of the Bedford Books 'Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism' series. The footnotes from that edition are reproduced here, but not the full text.What the site does offer is a fairly extensive illustrated biography of James Joyce, which also explains some of the historical developments that affected his writings. There is also a section about the book's critical reception from its first reviews up to the end of the twentieth century. This site provides a useful introduction to Joyce.
'Power Moby-Dick: the Online Annotation' contains the full text of 'Moby-Dick' (1851) by Herman Melville (1819-1891) with explanatory sidenotes, by scholar Margaret Guroff, that can be turned on and off. Because no manuscript of 'Moby Dick' has ever been found, the text is based on the first American edition of 1851. A glossary is provided plus a list of the main sources used. The website also supplies scholarly resources for readers, students and teachers; a message board; and a weekly update on the novel's ongoing cultural impact. Website extras, such as a link to the full-text search of 'Moby Dick', provided by Princeton University, are useful additions. Many interesting and bizarre cultural references to the novel are included on the website: such as how to make a Moby-Dick cocktail from Aquavit, Sambuca and anchovy!
PsyArt is a free peer-reviewed ejournal that "specializes in the psychoanalytic study of literature or film", but also covers the application of any school of psychology to the wider arts. Issues are available in full-text form from 1997 onwards, in total offering over 200 scholarly articles. Abstracts and keywords are available for all PsyArt articles.The PsyArt website has details of the journal's Board of Editors, and the submission and editorial process. In the 'About' section visitors can find details of the 800-member PsyArt listserv discussion group. It appears that the journal used to have a slightly different title of "PsyArt: a Hypertext Journal in the Psychology of the Arts".
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.
The Rape of the Lock Home Page contains an annotated hypertext version of Alexander Pope's 'Rape of the Lock', in English as well as in French and German translations. Also included are: a bibliography of recent articles; a (very) brief biography and timeline; a short piece on the background of the poem; some related material; and links to other sites of interest.The annotations are not especially comprehensive, although there are plenty of links to illustrations of the poem by various artists, in particular Aubrey Beardsley. There are also links to parts of the poem that serve to illustrate particular aspects of the mock-heroic.The site's author no longer appears to be on the staff of the University of Massachusetts, and as a consequence the site has not been updated for several years, and some of the external links have expired.
The Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama (ROMARD) website provides information on the journal of the same name. The journal, published annually, is concerned with research into medieval and pre-Shakespearian Renaissance textual and theatre history. Content is often weighted towards (but not limited to) English texts and their performance. The site gives details on how to subscribe, as well as tables of contents for ROMARD (from 2002 onwards) and the journal's previous incarnation, 'Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama (RORD) (1994 - 2001). Scholars in this field will also find submission details and a link to the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society, whose members regularly contribute to the journal. It should be noted that this site does not display correctly in some Web browsers.
Romantic Circles is a substantial website published by the University of Maryland devoted to the study of Romantic period literature and culture. It contains an 'Electronic Editions' collection which holds peer reviewed hypertext editions of lesser-known work by Mary and Percy Shelley and Keats plus William Hone's 'The Political House that Jack Built' and Mary Darby Robinson's 'Letter to the Women of England, on the Injustice of Mental Subordination'. Each of the electronic texts is surrounded by and linked to a series of texts, images, (and in places, sound files), which seek to represent the primary text's original context and something of its critical history. Some of the texts are marked-up in SGML, all are available in HTML files and some as plain ASCII files. Individual texts and the whole collection are searchable for key phrases. There is an ongoing programme of development adding hypertext editions by works of other writers of the period to the resources. Additionally, the site hosts: an online journal Romantic Praxis, which explores the use of computer technologies for the critical study of Romanticism; an online book reviewing section; a large 'Scholarly Resources' section containing bibliographies, chronologies and resource sites for individual authors; a 'Romantic Circles High School' section for teachers; a news section that includes details of forthcoming conferences; and a real-time discussion area for Romanticists.
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 Salome website, which forms part of the University of Virginia Library's Electronic Text Center, is dedicated to the eponymous play by Oscar Wilde. It features both the 1893 French version (titled 'Salomé, Drame en un Acte') and the 1894 English translation (published as 'Salome, A Tragedy in One Act'), and offers a number of extremely useful features such as the ability to view the two versions side by side (using frames) and the ability to search for a word or phrase in either of the versions or in both of them at the same time. It also allows the researcher to browse all electronic versions of works by Oscar Wilde held in the Modern English Collection at the University of Virginia.The primary texts of 'Salome' are accompanied by a biography of Oscar Wilde and a brief bibliography, as well as a list of Wilde's major works and a short presentation of the genesis and production history of the play.
This is the website of the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA), which was founded in 1970, and is the longest established professional organisation for the academic study of the genre in all media areas. Its aims are to enhance classroom teaching and scholarship and to review and analyse new publications, teaching methods and materials. The membership includes scholars, students, readers, librarians and teachers across a range of interests and countries. The website offers membership information and news for current members, as well as calls for papers, conference details and details of other live events. It also contains an archive of the Association's journal 'SFRAReview', which appears online ten weeks after each issue is delivered in hard copy to members. Also available is an archive of assorted items of interest including teaching resources and a digital book by Richard D. Erlich,'Coyote's Song: the teaching Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin'. Submission guidelines are included for contributions of essays and book reviews. An annual conference is held in June; details of latest conference are provided. This site is well laid out and easy to use.
The ;Selected Poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer' website provides online access to electronic texts of many of the author's best-known works. Several sections of the 'Canterbury Tales' are included, along with: excerpts from 'Troilus and Criseyde', the complete texts of the 'Parliament of Fowls' (or 'Parlement of Fowls'); and 'Truth'. The Hengwrt manuscript was used as the source for the text of the Canterbury Tales, from which: the General Prologue; the Miller's Tale; Reeve's Tale; Cook's Tale; Wife of Bath's Tale; Friar's Tale; Summoner's Tale; Shipman's Tale; and Pardoner's Tale are taken. The site provides basic, partly-annotated electronic texts, with all editorial conventions explained clearly and simply, which may prove useful to undergraduates needing to quickly locate specific phrases or conduct other such searches.
This website describes the Shakespeare Database CD-ROM, as developed by the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität in Münster, Germany. The site does not provide access to the database itself, although it does imply that this may become a feature in the future. What the site does provide is a bibliography, of works relating to issues surrounding the development of the database, and of works that have benefited from its use. These are mostly about Shakespeare's writings, although some are more concerned with early modern English linguistics, and some on editing Shakespeare. The site also provides a few links to partner sites. A fairly comprehensive explanation of the database gives the user a good idea of its features and potential applications.
The Shakespeare's Sonnets website offers a plethora of information for English studies and Shakespearean studies students, as well as the interested reader. Although arranged somewhat haphazardly, the site is a labour of love. It offers line by line commentaries complete with illustrations (from more modern sources as well as contemporary engravings and paintings) for each sonnet. Besides explaining the sonnets and the language used, the author of the website also provides the etymology of words and explains how the language was used in its day. Included are also poems by Sir Thomas Wyatt which display a similar line by line explanation and analysis as well as links to portraits of Wyatt. A very detailed source.
The Sir Philip Sidney World Bibliography is a fully searchable list of printed material by and about the Elizabethan poet Sir Philip Sidney. The site includes: an introduction to the bibliography; a guide for users; and a section where users may submit additions or corrections to the material in the bibliography. The site also provides an accessible essay on Sidney scholarship by Project Director Donald Stump of St Louis University, which introduces the life of the poet and sketches the critical reception of his work over the last 400 years. In addition a short links page directs uses to other sites useful to Sidney researchers. This resource would be invaluable to students and researchers working on Sidney and his era.
"St. Mary of Egypt in BL ms Cotton Otho B. x" is a full-text online version of an MA thesis of the same title, submitted to the University of Kentucky by Linda Cantara in 2001 and supervised by Kevin Kiernan. The subject of the thesis is the anonymous Old English prose Life of St. Mary of Egypt, in particular the fragmentary text contained within the severely damaged Otho B. x. manuscript of the British Library's Cotton collection. Using high-resolution digital facsimiles (which in turn were created in conjunction with ultraviolet fluorescence) the author contends that Otho B. x. contains textual evidence not present in other versions of the work (e.g. BL MS Cotton Julius E. vii). The thesis examines the textual history and current scholarship of the text and, in part three, presents new textual evidence illustrated with excerpts from the digital images of the manuscript folios. A list of figures and works cited are also included. This is a fascinating piece of work, which should be of intererst to those studying Old-English literature and medieval manuscripts.
'Story' is the website which grew out of the success of 'Save our Short Story Campaign' and aims to promote the short story as 'one of the most exciting and important literary forms.' In order to increase the profile and recognition of the short story, the site addresses readers and writers at all levels, as well as literature professionals in libraries, schools and reading groups. The site combines the promotion and the enjoyment of the short story form. It includes information on the campaign's projects, but also has short stories which may be freely downloaded, and advice on how to write and publish them. The downloads include stories by Trezza Azzopardi, Jackie Kay, Katherine Mansfield, Ian Rankin, and Gerard Woodward. A searchable collection of recommended short story anthologies is also available, with authors such as J. G. Ballard, Ursula K. le Guin, Edgar Allan Poe and Joseph Conrad. 'Story thoughts' is a collection of short essays from professionals such as radio producer, Di Spiers, Matthew Perren, a manager at Ottakar's in Edinburgh and publisher Ra Page. The pages 'For Writers' have information and advice, with links to online tutorials and competitions. There is also information and regularly updated news of 'Story' projects. This site is easy to use, with a main page, highlighted links and a menu of subheadings. It offers a useful live resource full of current content.
Studies in Bibliography is made available online by the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia and published in partnership with the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library. The journal covers the study of bibliography and textual criticism. The full-text of each issue (1-52, 1948-1999) is available both as HTML and also as ebooks in Microsoft Reader format. Issues may be browsed or searched. Articles, both long and short, discuss editions of little known texts; textual problems in works by authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer, Jonathan Swift, Ben Jonson, William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, George Eliot, Edgar Allen Poe, James Joyce or Sylvia Plath; and topics such as bookbindings, deconstruction, copytext, reconstruction, typeface, practical editing. The print version of Studies in Bibliography is published by University Press of Virginia.
T. S. Eliot is a website offering texts and concordances for the poetry of the Anglo-American, modernist poet, T. S. Eliot (1888-1965). The site concentrates on Eliot's work up to and including The Waste Land (1922). The full-texts of Eliot's poetry and his first volume of essays, The Sacred Wood, are available. Useful annotations are provided for "Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar" and The Waste Land. There are plans to annotate further poems.The site also includes a critical bibliography and a list of Eliot links.This is a valuable introductory resource for Eliot's poetry.
The Victorian Web, a website devoted to nineteenth-century British literature and history, has a section dedicated to the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). The main menu page is divided into the following categories: Biography; Works; Economic Contexts; Politics; Science; Literary Relations; Visual Arts; Religion; Genre and Mode; Themes; Imagery; Characterization; Related Resources; and Leading Questions. Clicking on a category opens a sub menu comprising of contributions from various scholars, a major contributor being Philip V. Allingham of Lakehead University. A biographical timeline of Hardy is provided, and amongst the Hardy works considered in the various essays are Tess of the d'Urbervilles; Jude the Obscure; The Mayor of Casterbridge; A Pair of Blue Eyes; The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid; and The Return of the Native. There is also a comparative study of imagery in both the works of Hardy and Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), as well as an interesting section devoted to the illustrations of Hardy's novels. In addition there is a photo-gallery of places associated with Hardy's life and works. However some of the links, although excellent in themselves, are of minor relevance to Hardy and lead back to broadly contextual essays from The Victorian Web with only a few passing references to Thomas Hardy.
The Wanderer is an online edition of the Anglo-Saxon poem of that title, put together by Tim Romano (Swarthmore, Pennsylvania)) and based on digital images taken from the facsimile published by: R. W. Chambers; M. Förster; and R. Flower in 1933. The design of the website enables simultaneous viewing of: the original manuscript page: the Old English transcription; and related palaeographical notes (the latter obtained by clicking anywhere on the manuscript image). The editor also provides a glossary of Old English, with grammatical forms found in the text. There is also: a commentary; bibliography; and a free translation of the poem. This would be a useful resource for students studying Anglo-Saxon literature in the original language.
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 Thomas Gray Archive is an interactive hypermedia repository for the study of the life and works of English poet Thomas Gray (1716-1771). The Archive consists of two major sections: primary texts, and Materials. Whilst the former contains searchable electronic editions of Gray's English texts, extensive collaborative commentary, a concordance and the digital library of important editions, the latter comprises secondary resources such as a biographical sketch, a chronological table of Gray's life and works, a select bibliography of printed materials, a picture gallery, and links to related online resources. The Archive is aimed at the general reader as well as professional scholars. It is intended to be developed as a structured, interactive platform for collaborations by its users. This is a clearly-presented site that is quick and easy to use. It is likely to prove especially useful to those wishing to compare the annotations of former editors.
Thomas Pynchon.com is a website devoted to the work of the American novelist Thomas Pynchon (born 1937). The site focuses on three of Pynchon's major novels: 'V'; 'Gravity's Rainbow'; and 'Mason & Dixon', and for each of a 'web-guide' is provided (an alphabetically arranged series of annotations (with links to related websites) together with annotations arranged by theme). The site also provides: an excellent section illustrating the artwork used on the covers of Pynchon's works in various countries; a 'Newbies Guide' to Pynchon; a 'Pynchon Wiki' which covers all of Pynchon's novels; and a bookshop. The site also contains a section of 'Pynchonalia' (links to articles about Pynchon) and links to other sites of interest. The wealth of information contained in this site makes it an important resource for the study of Pynchon's work.
'The Tristram Shandy Web consists of a number of online resources, including a hypertext version of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, by Lawrence Sterne (1713-1768). The text itself is taken from the third and first editions of the book, and laid out as it was in the original print versions. Other resources on the website are divided into categorised sub-sections via which users may broaden their appreciation of the text. These include pages devoted specifically to: Sterne; the novel; context; language and rhetoric; arts; and media. Each of these provides: online essays (some in Italian); links to other Web resources; bibliographies; and images. This is an excellent resource that should appeal to both undergraduates and scholars studying Tristram Shandy. The website also includes digital versions of other contemporary texts, including William Hogarth's 'The Analysis of Beauty'.
The Victorian Prose Archive, maintained by Dr. Alfred J. Drake of the California State University, Fullerton, is a relatively small but very useful collection of online e-texts for Victorianists. Its distinguishing feature is that it focuses primarily on first editions and makes them available in PDF format.The website will be of particular interest for researchers working on texts by Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde, as it contains a number of early versions that were later revised, sometimes extensively. These versions are accompanied by the 1910 edition of Complete Works in the case of the former and a link to the contemporary online edition of complete works for the latter. Also of interest is the 'Links' section, which lists numerous resources grouped by category as follows: conference listings; associations; journals; specialist resources; author-specific sites; Web standards and initiatives; general resources; and Romanticism websites.
The Virtual Classroom is a website intended to introduce A-Level English Literature students to practical criticism. The site is hosted by the English Faculty at the University of Cambridge. As well as describing the methods and aims of practical criticism, the site offers two practical examples for students to work through, along with a reference section and a literary quiz. The first online class takes the student through the processes of practical criticism using a poem by Sir Thomas Wyatt; the second deals with the opening of the Canterbury Tales, and considers diction, register, rhyme, and figures of speech. The glossary is quite extensive, describing verse forms and technical devices in their historical contexts. This is a well-crafted site that should provide an excellent resource for A-Level students and undergraduates needing a quick reference.
The Walt Whitman Archive is an online collection of resources and links relating to one of the most influential American poets of the 19th century. The archive is designed as a research and teaching tool for students and scholars of Whitman, and includes digitised images and transcriptions of: Whitman's works; proofs; and first editions. The website includes: facsimiles and transcriptions of all the editions of Leaves of Grass; an extensive searchable bibliography; a biography with links to photos, maps, and short essays about Whitman's friends and associates; contemporary reviews of Whitman's works; and a small number of teaching materials. A rare early recording of a reading of Whitman's poem 'America', believed to have been made by Whitman himself, is also available on the site as an MP3 file.
This is the website of the William Faulkner Society of Japan, devoted to the American novelist, William Faulkner (1897-1962). The site includes details about the Society's annual conventions and information about joining the society. The Society's annual journal,The William Faulkner Journal of Japan is available in full-text version on the site. The journal reviews recent critical works on Faulkner and includes some interesting articles comparing him to Japanese and other non-English writers. The latest issue available at the time of reviewing this record was from 2006, and the site does not appear to have been updated since then. The site will primarily be of interest to Faulkner scholars.
Woolf Online is the website of a research project that aims to construct an electronic 'genetic' edition of Virginia Woolf's novel 'Time Passes', which forms part of her work 'To the Lighthouse'. The finished edition will document each stage of the development of the novel, from manuscript to print editions and will contextualise the work by including information such as extracts from Woolf's diaries and details of her family history in order to produce a 'literary archaeology'. The site at present gives an overview of the project's objectives and methods, and offers users the option to subscribe to the project's newsletter. This project, and the final edition, will be of interest to students and researchers alike.
Wulfstan's Eschatological Homilies is a website containing translations of the five eleventh-century Anglo-Saxon homilies on the 'Last Days' by the eleventh-century Archbishop Wulfstan of York. As well as the texts, the site contains critical commentaries, historical material on the genesis of the manuscripts, source information and discussion of related texts - such as those of Augustine, Bede and Aelfric. Users are provided with translations of the source texts, and glossed versions of the homilies. A detailed bibliography of the texts used in the editing process is on the site, and there is also a search tool for textual analysis. This site would be of use to students of medieval theology, manuscripts and history.