'Albion Magazine Online : exploring English identity' is an online magazine exploring issues in English culture and Englishness. At October 2007, there are seven issues online for free, each containing full-text articles, interviews, and reviews of books, fine art, cinema and music containing a diversity of representations of Englishness. The Summer 2007 issue was a special issue on 'English Radicalism' and included an interview with Leon Rosselson. The magazine's tone is serious and liberal, and this bi-annual publication serves as a thoughtful introduction to the "positive aspects of Englishness and English culture without ignoring areas that need improvement".
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.
The Beckett Directs Beckett site has been developed by Professor Mitchell Lifton (University of Maryland) in collaboration with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). The site contains information and sample video relating to a broader project: the development of a critical edition on DVD of the 1985 television perfomances of "Waiting for Godot", "Krapp's Last tape", and "Endgame", which were performed by the 1985 San Quentin Players and directed by their Irish author Samuel Beckett (1906-1989). The video samples on the site of "Waiting for Godot" and "Krapp's Last Tape" are offered in both French and English versions. Also included is a biography of Beckett, information on the project behind the website and citation details. This is a very well-presented site, likely to be of interest to researchers into Beckett's work, 20th century theatre and media studies. It was completed in 2001 and has not been updated since then.
'The Believer' is a monthly magazine with interviews, articles and book reviews which are open in terms of length and topicality. A large amount of this material is available in full or as extracts on the magazine's website, with exclusive online articles available also. The enthusiasm for reading and the range of material included makes this a useful resource for literature researchers. Much of the material on the site is concerned with current issues, alongside film, music and book releases, as well as author interviews and book reviews. A comprehensive archive is available online. Recent articles include interviews with writer, Anthony Swofford, and actress, Cheryl Hines. This is a well-presented and professional site which is easy to navigate and offers a regularly updated perspective on current media and world issues.
The Beowulf Translations web site brings together various people's work on the poem, and is edited by Syd Allan, who refers to himself as a 'Beowulf hobbyist' whose labours 'are not meant for scholars'. But Allan's nicely illustrated website provides detailed information on a very impressive range of 'Beowulf'-related subject matters and is very useful to several aspects of the study of this Old English text. The site's main feature is a compilation of bibliographic and photographic information on Modern English translations, as well as: film; theatre; and comic-strip adaptations of the text. These can be accessed from the main page, either chronologically under date of publication (between 1805 and 2002) or alphabetically under author. In addition, the site offers a great number of other features, including: scans (of: nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century editions and translations; parts of the manuscript; and further illustrative material); audio-files; selections of text; and bibliographies. Mr Allan also provides elementary information (of limited but consistent scholarly value) on text-interpretation (discussion of: the contents; the genre; the manuscript; and the language), and the historical background. Finally, a major strength of this site is that it is extremely well hyper-linked, providing access to other websites and discussion groups on 'Beowulf'.
The British Film Institute's "bfi National Library" website allows online access to the catalogue of one of the world's largest research collections of books on British (and international) cinema, film and television. As well as access to the library database there is information for visiting this reference collection, and useful bibiliographies and guides allowing insights for school and university students and teachers. The bfi is part of the National Grid for Learning. There is a set of "16+ Source Guides" intended for the media studies community but which would be of value for the English Advanced Level curriculum, especially for the study of film and TV related subjects. These provide a selective listing of the Library's collections in subjects that include: TV Science Fiction; Iranian Cinema; Auteurs; Gangsters; Reality TV; South Asian Film and Television; Strong Women; Black British Film and Television; Animation; 1960s British Cinema; James Bond; Marketing; Censorship; William Shakespeare; War Films; and Modern Noir. There is also a series of annotated bibliographies on particular topics, based on the Library's collections, that include: Annuals and Directories; Africa: Films and Television; Black Representation in cinema and television; Books about film; Alfred Hitchcock; Horror; Mexican and Chicano cinema; Shakespeare on the screen; Quentin Tarantino; Westerns; Women and film, television and the mass media; Fritz Lang; David Lynch; Free Cinema and Werner Herzog. These are primarily available to download in PDF and the memory size of each is provided.
Bill and Sue-On Hillman's ERBzine is a site devoted to the life and works of the American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950). Burroughs is best known for his adventure stories featuring Tarzan, although he also wrote much science fiction and fantasy fiction. This site offers a wide range of information on Burroughs and his works, including a substantial biographical section, including family letters, and a detailed bibliography. Much of the content of the site is taken from the archives of the weekly online magazine 'ERBzine', and covers topics such as: film and television adaptations; the various artists who illustrated Burroughs' work; materials in library collections; the activities of Burroughs' many fans; and links to related sites. These sections are profusely illustrated, particularly with images of book and magazine covers. As well as novels, the website covers related materials such as Tarzan comics and collectable ephemera. The website can be searched via a simple Google-powered search box. While this well-organised site is non-academic in conception, it nevertheless offers a vast amount of information to anyone engaged in serious study of a major popular writer and the genres in which he wrote.
'Borrowers and Lenders: a journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation' is a peer-reviewed multimedia ejournal. The journal freely offers full-text contents, and is published from the English Department of the University of Georgia in the U.S.A. The aim of the journal is to examine... 'the afterlives of Shakespearean texts and their literary, filmic, multimedia, and critical histories", and as such the journal has appeal for those outside English Literature and Theatre Studies. At February 2009 there six issues online, some themed with themes such as: 'Shakespeare for Children'; 'Canadian Shakespeares', and 'Shakespeare in the American South'. Articles are provided in PDF format. Reviews are clustered around certain media texts. The journal website has full details of the editors and Editorial Board, and the submissions process.
The British Library has photographed millions of pages from 49 regional and national British newspapers from the 19th century. The search facility and some interesting presentations relating to key topics in British history are freely available to all. The topics presented range from the British Empire and the Indian Mutiny, Chartism, slavery, and the Whitechapel murders. Some writers are also profiled including: William Cobbett, Leigh Hunt, Edward Lloyd, John Morley, James O'Brien, Charles Parnell, George William MacArthur Reynolds and William Stead. If you are a member of a UK HE or FE institution you will be able to access the full-text, fully searchable digital archive through your local provider - e.g. your college library. Otherwise articles are available to purchase. The papers originate from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and have been selected by an editorial board to provide a broad yet detailed view of life in Victorian Britain. The papers include include the Examiner, the Pall Mall Gazette, the Chartist, the Western Mail, the Illustrated Police News, and many others. The website also provides a Bibliography: 19th Century British Library Newspapers, as well as guides to researching historical newspapers and periodicals. This is part of work done in partnership with the JISC Digitisation Programme to provide free access to newspapers from 1620-1900. Elsewhere in the British Library website you can access the 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Database.
The Celtic Twilight: Legends of Camelot website is authored and published by an enthusiast of Arthurian legend, and the content requires a discerning eye. Despite numerous advertisements for books, the site offers an interesting collection of resources looking at both the historical facts and the creation of the legend of Camelot and King Arthur. Of most interest to those studying fifth and sixth-century Britain is the collection of transcribed primary sources, which includes the Annales Cambriae and Gildas' De Excidio Brittaniae et Conquestu. There is also a glossary of events and names connected to Arthur, and background information. The remaining content focuses on the creation of the myth of Arthur and Camelot, examining depictions in: art; film; comics; and literature.
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture is a peer-refereed electronic journal edited by Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek, and published by Purdue University Press. The site includes the full-text of articles, guidelines for submission, information about the journal and its editors, details of the associated electronic newsletter, and a resources library; the journal's material is searchable, and access to all its sections is free. CLCWeb aims to publish a wide range of scholarship within the realms of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies designated as Comparative Cultural Studies, and advocates a contextual approach to the study of culture in all its forms. It therefore welcomes investigations from a variety of perspectives into all aspects of cultural history, theory and practice, and brings together scholars writing on literature, translation, film, and so on. The Library of CLCWeb contains bibliographies and various resources for work in the field.
Cleveland Press Shakespeare Photographs (1870-1982) is an online searchable database of approximately 400 photographs from a special collection of Cleveland State University Library. The photographs are publicity shots from various American and European theatrical and film productions of Shakespeare's plays. Images can be browsed by play or genre, or searched by keyword. Significant detail is provided about each photograph, including: a descriptive caption; a quotation of the relevant lines from the play; the media and location of production; and the names of the actors and production crew involved. Reproduction of the images is allowed for the purposes of: research; scholarship; teaching; news reporting; criticism; or comment. Theatre and film historians would find this of interest, as well as those studying Shakespeare's works.
The 'Communication Arena' is a website attached to Taylor and Francis, an imprint of Routledge publishing. The 'Communication Arena' is designed to complement their Social Sciences and Humanities programme, and to become a single point of reference for students, academics and researchers in all aspects of communication studies and research. Therefore, the site holds regularly updated information on conferences, associations, societies, journals and books. Each month, the 'Editor's Focus' reviews a particular journal and offers downloadable sample articles from recent issues. Also regularly available are previews of new textbooks, and sample articles from a range of publications. Special offers from Routledge and monthly competitions are featured, alongside a newsletter, events details and 'eUPDATES', whereby personal interests can be registered for email alerts of relevant new publications. Sample material is available from journals including, 'Critical Studies in Media Communication' and 'Asian Journal of Communication'. Articles title include 'Defining Journalists in Late Nineteenth-Century Britain' by Mark Hampton, 'News as Reality TV : Election Coverage and Democratization of Truth', by W. Lance Bennett, 'Women in the City : Mobility, Television and the Choices of becoming Modern', by Sun Wanning, and 'From Women's Writing to Women's Films in 1950s Japan : Hayashi Fumiko and Naruse Milio' by Catherine Russell. This site offers a useful access to sample material and current developments in the field of communication studies. It is user-friendly and easy to navigate.
The Concise History of the British Newspaper, a website by the British Library, details more than 200 key dates in the history of British newspaper publishing and the newspaper industry. The site is illustrated with images from the British Library's newspaper collections, and entries range from the publication in Amsterdam on 2nd December 1620 of the first coranto in the English language, to recent events such as the launch on 16th March 1999 of Metro, a daily newspaper distributed free to travellers on the London Underground. The site can be browsed by century or searched by keyword, and is intended as a standard reference point for students and academics researching newspaper publishing and printing history.
Crimeculture is an impressive website dedicated to the academic study of crime in literature, film and popular culture. The Crime Fiction section offers excellent appraisals of distinct periods within the genre, notably Victorian and classic detective fiction, American crime fiction from the hard-boiled era to the present day, and British crime writing, which went against the grain of the more conventional classic detective tradition. Amongst the crime film genres that are explored are gangster and detective films, film noir and neo-noir, and cop action films. There is also a section devoted to exploring the origin and enduring popularity of true crime writing. Articles dealing with crime in books and on film by postgraduates and undergraduates can be both accessed, and submitted for online publication. Finally, in keeping with the site's aim to publicise reading material of use in the teaching of crime literature or film courses, the editors have compiled an exhaustive bibliography of relevant books and articles. A section reviewing other crime-related websites is also provided.
This website created by Henry Targowski and Charly Jungbauer offers an abundance of information for cyberculture, English Literature, new media, hypertext, postmodernism, critical theory, avant garde and popular theory. Although the site seems plain with the links organised into nine main sections, the information is plentiful. The resource includes links to: Fiction Authors (this section is first split by theme, Avant-Pop, Cyberpunk, Postmodern, Science Fiction, etc., then each of these links leads to a large variety of authors like William Gibson and Kathy Acker); Nonfiction Authors (W. Ross Ashby, Scott Bartlett); Books (topics include aliens, cybernetics, genetic engineering, physics, Donna Harraway and virtual reality); Comics (links to cyberpunk and avant garde comics); Films ( films about the beat scene, science fiction and postmodernism); Magazines and Newsletters; Additional Links (these are external links to online art and hypertext journals, as well as science fiction and contemporary theory sites). Unfortunately, a significant number of links provided in each section are not working any more, and the website has not been updated for a long time. Nevertheless, CyberCulture constitutes a vast and rather substantial resource, and will be of interest to students and fans of new media, cyber space, postmodernism, and related topics.
The Dickens Project was started by the University of California in 1981 and promotes study of the life, times, and work of Charles Dickens. The website offers links to conference information, publications, other online resources, and electronic archives relating to the author. It provides access to individual webpages and an online discussion group devoted to Dickens as well as general Victorian resources. There is a Dickens Chronology which reveals interesting facts about his life and works plus useful bibliographies for his major novels and also a list of film and television adaptations. The site is easy to access and navigate, has dependable links, and is a fairly complete catalogue of the resources available on Dickens.
Digital Comic Museum is a very large website archive of U.S. comic books known to be in the public domain. As such, it includes a wealth of high-quality scans of vintage ("Golden Age", in the terminology of comic book collectors) comics, freely available for reading. Most comics are from the 1940s and 1950s. Some newspaper comic strips are also included. Files are in the standard CBR (Comic Book Reader) format, for which Comical is possibly the best free viewer. Free registration is required to download the comics, but not to search the website. The Digital Comic Museum will be a valuable resource for those researching the history of comics in the U.S., as well as for those interested in the dynamic hand-made typography of the medium, the depiction of stereotypes during the 20th century, and the ways that the standards and politics of the time were presented to children. Adverts in the comics may also be of interest to those researching the history of advertising or the history of toys.
This is the website of the Eaton Collection, which claims to be the world's largest archive of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian fiction, and has an international range. The collection is accessible to the public, and contains historic books, magazines, fanzines, moving image and audio material, comic books, screenplays, and sundry ephemera. There is also a large collection of literary criticism relating to such literature. The Eaton Collection is located at the University of California, Riverside. The Collection offers a special online exhibition titled "FANAC: Fanzines and Fan Criticism", featuring scholarly texts and numerous reproductions of science fiction fanzine covers from the 1940s to the 1980s. The website also has a page showing covers from the Eaton Collection's archive of French science fiction, and including some images of interior pages. The bulk of the Eaton Collection is not yet illustrated on the website, but it is described in outline. The Eaton Collection also organises the Eaton Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, a major international conference begun in 1979. The Conference has produced twenty-five printed collections of scholarly papers, but tables of contents for these are not yet available online.
The Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) is a non-profit organisation established in 1999. It endeavours to promote and facilitate the writing, publishing, and reading of electronic literature. Its definition of electronic literature is wide, embracing hypertext fiction, kinetic Flash-based poetry, computer art installations, and many other experimental genres. ELO runs an Electronic Literature Directory with a searchable database of literature and authors. It also publishes documents relating to the preservation and presentation of computerised work. The site also includes a news section and a features section. The Board of Directors and Advisory Board include many familiar names from the world of hypertext and hypertext fiction. After five years at UCLA, in 2006, ELO moved to the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland, College Park.
This is the website for the Endicott Studio. Founded in 1987, the Endicott Studio describes itself as "an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the creation and support of mythic art". It is interdisciplinary in the sense that it is interested in the expression of myth, folklore and fairy tales through contemporary literary, visual and performance arts. It offers a resource for the study of 'myth, folklore, fairy tales, and their use in contemporary arts', which is likely to be of use to literature, creative writing and art researchers. It is also a very beautiful site, with images from well-known artists such as Archimboldo, Arthur Rackham and Alan Lee, among others, including Thomas Canty, Stu Jenks and Mark Wagner. This website is also home to the Endicott Studio's Journal of Mythic Arts, a quarterly online-only publication (from 1997 to 2008). The journal has three sections, for poetry; fiction; and art, drama and mixed media. Articles include: 'Sleeping Beauty' by Midori Snyder; 'Women and Fairy Tales' by Terri Windling; 'The Lore of Simple Things: Bread, Milk and Honey in Fairy Tales' by Ari Berk; and 'The Lore of Gemstones by Ellen Steiber'. Fiction and poetry by Tappan King, Barth Anderson, Laurie J. Marks, Neil Gaiman, Deborah Cash and Theodora Goss is included, amongst the work of a collection of distinguished writers. The gallery, which features art works and accompanying articles, displays a range of art forms, from fiber art and folk art to paintings and sculpture. Thematic exhibitions include masks, the green man and the green woman and shape-shifting (animal transformations), and a selection of historical displays include Kay Nielsen's Arabian Nights, the Pre-Raphaelites, Adrienne Ségur and Victorian fairy paintings. Other sections of the Endicott site include an online bulletin board, a blog, which ceased publication in May 2008, recommended books and reading lists. This site is a pleasure to view and read, through both the accomplished presentation and the quality of the creative and critical material it contains.
The website for the English and Media Centre provides information about this organisation, an independent educational charity designed to support secondary and further education teachers and students of English and Media Studies in the UK, and gives access to a range of materials. The Centre offers a range of professional development courses, publications and an advisory service, information about all of which can be found on this site. The publications include study guides (both print and multimedia) to particular texts, all written to fulfill exam, national curriculum and framework requirements while at the same time promoting good practice. Payment of a subscription fee allows users to access an online library of teaching materials and pilot publications, and receive copies of emagazine and Media Magazine, publications aimed at A-level students of English, Film and Media (free sample editions are available). This site should prove to be a valuable information point for teachers and students of English and Media.
The EServer.org website began in 1990 with a few critical publications and is now hosted by Iowa State University and has over 35,000 publications, with the number growing. This site will be of interest to a range of students as it provides indepth links to subjects such as: art; architecture; aesthetic theories; cultural theory; cybertheory; government; bibliographies; calls for papers; drama; education; feminism; scholarly resources and journals and too many more to name. The plethora of works available ensures many students will find something pertinent. Of the myriad critical studies these are some well-know names: Mary Wollstonecraft; Aphra Behn; Marx; William Faulkner; Jane Austen; Samuel Johnson; Mona Lisa and again, many many more. Each section is divided by subject heading and then within that section are links to primary sources, secondary and critical sources also although most sources are text documents there are often images and links to external sites included.
The website "European Daguerreotypes" is a subsite of the Daguerreian Society's website contains nine daguerreotypes from the John Hannavy Picture Collection, each accompanied by a short description listing the type, subject and author of each photograph and offering additonal presentation details where available. The subset includes portraits taken in British studios in the 1850s, a stereo daguerreotype of the main hall taken at the 1855 Paris International Exhibition, a German portrait presumed from the 1840s, and an unidentified portrait. This resource, which makes public a number of rare items, is potentially of interest for researchers in various disciplines, most notably 19th century European costume history and photography, as well as Victorian studies.
'Feminist Science Fiction, Fantasy and Utopia' is a scholarly site devoted to the study of a genre 'traditionally seen as a male domain', which offers writers and scholars the opportunity to explore 'social configurations other than the patriarchal societies we all know'. It is a comprehensive resource for researchers at all levels. The site is very plainly laid out in comparison to other sci-fi sites, including scholarly ones, which makes the site map easy to follow, if a little tiring on the eyes. The contents include Anthologies, Writers and Criticism. Each of these areas is broken down into detailed subheadings and includes comprehensive and fully referenced information. A history of feminist sci-fi is included, with each text designated as 'BF' (Before Frankenstein) or 'AF' (After Frankenstein). Comprehensive author indexes are also available, recommendations made for journals, a scholar's directory and information on live events, such as conferences. This site has a large content, across a broad consideration of the subject area, and as such it will be of interest primarily to the researchers of science fiction and fantasy.
The 'International Workshop on Strange Convergences: Performance and Performativity in Fantasy Game Cultures, the Gothic Milieu, and Pagan Spirituality' was held at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences in April 2006. This webpage is in English, and it gives full details of the workshop, of those attending to present papers (with email addresses), and has generous abstracts of the papers presented. Most usefully, at the foot of the page there is a selected bibliography of about 50 items that relate to the workshop themes.
The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies is a full-text peer-reviewed ejournal published by the University of Iowa. As of June 2007, the website contains seven substantial themed back issues, on topics such as 'comics', 'extreme mainstream' and 'suburbia'. Back issues are freely available online in full-text form. There are also details and a sample essay from the current issue, which is available only in print form. The website has details of the editors, staff and Advisory Boards. There are details of subscription costs for the print version of the journal, which is published twice a year.
This full-text ejournal was launched in October 2006, as a scholarly publication "devoted to the study of Gothic and Horror in all their varying forms". This ejournal is biannual, and is not available in paper form. As of May 2007 this ejournal appears to give prominence to the literary gothic, but it is interdisciplinary and so also covers film, television, horror comics and computer games, especially in the reviews section. Details of the Editorial Board are given, along with submission details for future issues. The website has a 'Lost Souls' page, featuring biographical information about "neglected & underrated personages of Horror".
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.
The 'Journal For The Study of British Cultures' (1994-) is a scholarly journal edited and published in Germany, but printed in English. The journal aims "to provide a platform for the study and discussion of diverse ‘British’ cultural forms through in-depth articles, case studies, reviews, etc". At June 2010 there are details of 25 issues online, along with all the information that one would expect to find of the website of a major academic journal. Issues have abstracts, detailed contents lists, including the titles of book reviewed. The journal aims to "transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries", and covers a wide range of cultural topics. Issues are themed. This journal may offer British scholars a refreshing 'outside view' on British culture, and English-language reviews of material published only in German. There are details of submission procedures and also how to subscribe.
M/C: a journal of media and culture is an ejournal devoted to exploring the possibilities of the new media, as well as investigations into more traditional culure. The journal was founded in 1998 and the full-text of every issue is archived on the site. Primarily consisting of articles, but also including some multimedia, the journal ranges from examinations of the performance of masculinity in the reading tours of Henry Rollins, to studies of science fiction tv shows, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to readings of canonical texts. Both academic and journalistic, M/C is a valuable contribution to the dissemination of ideas to a broader audience. Anyone working in theory, culture or politics will be interested in M/C.
'Miscelanea: a Journal of English and American Studies' is a full-text ejournal published by the University of Zaragoza, Spain. The journal is almost entirely in English, and at January 2009 there are fifteen issues online. The journal publishes scholarly articles on literature, cultural studies, and film studies. Articles are presented in PDF form. Some example article titles are: 'Exploring identity issues in British men's problem pages: a cultural studies perspective'; 'Dylan Thomas's animal symbology in Celtic tradition: the inner voice of a poet'; and 'The paradox of conflicting identifications in "Third Space" Asian-British cinema of the 1980s'; and 'Post-Baroque sublime? The case of Peter Ackroyd', among many others. The website also has full details of the editors, the Editorial Board, and the submission process. The journal is also produced in paper form, and there are subscription details at the website. There is a listing of the bibliographic compilations in which the journal is indexed.
Published by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the South East Film and Video Archive at the University of Brighton and hosted by the University of Brighton, the Moving History website is a guide to the United Kingdom's twelve public sector moving image archives. The national collections featured are the British Film Institute National Film and Television Archive, the Imperial War Museum Film and Video Archive, the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, and the Scottish Screen Archive. Eight English regional collections are also included - the East Anglian Film Archive, the Media Archive for Central England, the North West Film Archive, the Northern Region Film and Television Archive, Screen Archive South East, the South West Film and Television Archive, the Wessex Film and Sound Archive, and the Yorkshire Film Archive. The site presents detailed information on these collections, offers guidelines on gaining access to these archives and provides links and contact points for further information.
The site is illustrated with over 100 selected film and television clips (for which Windows Media Player 11 is required). Films can be browsed by theme (for example, family life; health, welfare and education; industry; rural life; social and political; transport; urban life; and war-fare) or browsed by archive. The website includes sections on 'Films from the Home Front', which portrays life for 'ordinary people in Britain' during the Second World War (1939-1945) and 'Whitehawk Primary School on the Home Front', which features events and activities run by Screen Archive South East at Whitehawk Primary School in Brighton on life in the Second World War on the home front.
The guide aims to encourage scholarly research and creative use of archive film and to promote the value of these resources to all academics and students across the arts and humanities in higher education. More widely, it is hoped that the information found here will be of interest to all researchers who seek to expand their understanding and use of moving image material.
The Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (ncse) is a free, online scholarly edition of six nineteenth-century newspapers and journals. The edition is the result of a collaboration between: Birkbeck; King’s College London; the British Library; and Olive Software. The serials included on the site are: 'The Monthly Repository of Theology and General Literature'; 'The Northern Star'; 'The Leader'; 'The English Woman's Journal'; 'The Tomahawk'; and 'The Publishers' Circular', and for each of these the site provides a fairly detailed introduction and history. Issues of the serials are available to view as transcripts or as high quality facsimiles which can be: enlarged for easier reading on the site; downloaded as PDF files; or printed off. The text and images in these publications can also be browsed by subject, or searched by keyword. The website also provides: a general introduction to the project; an editorial commentary; and a technical introduction to the edition. This resource would be a valuable research tool for those studying the cultural history or literature of the period, or the history of print media.
Paradoxa is a hard copy academic journal which publishes articles on genre literature, including: science fiction; children's literature; horror; romance; and westerns. The journal is interested in 'written, oral, drawn or designed' versions of genre literature and offers a resource for research in popular fiction, media or cultural studies. The Paradoxa website provides various: articles; essays; and extracts from the hard copy journal. A full contents page for each themed journal is provided, with themes including: 'Cities of the Future'; 'The Western'; 'Where's Love Gone? Transformations in the Romance Genre'; and 'Metafictions: Stories of Reading'. One of the journal's selling points is the active participation of genre authors, as is the way in which it challenges perceived ideas of how literature is classified. The website gives a flavour of the full hard-copy version, and is straightforward to use.
This website, Photography in Literature, is part of Fixing Shadows, an online collection of photography albums compiled by David Sapir, Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia. This subsite discusses photography in literature and may interest researchers in history, media studies and literature. The site features some examples of photography mentioned in, or related to, literature, including Lewis Carroll's parody, 'Hiawatha's Photographing,' and posts photographs Carroll took personally, including several of the girl who inspired 'Alice in Wonderland,' Alice Liddell. An excerpt from Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'House of the Seven Gables,' cites a discussion on early photography between the characters Holgrave and Phoebe. The site also posts a translation of a poem by Charles Baudelaire, with the suggestion that the eye of the poet serves like a camera in recording the activity of a street, immortalising the moment in words rather than visual images. The unusual perspective of this idea defines the site's value as way of considering images in the mind's eye as well as the photographer's lens, as indicated by the quotation from Christopher Isherwood's 'A Berlin Diary,' which heads the title page. The site is open to contributions from any interested visitor and has an originality to it which suggests that its development will be worth following.
'The Quality and Independence of British Journalism' is a full-text research report published in February 2008 by the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University in the UK. This free 28,000-word report examines and documents the serious decline in depth and quality of news reporting in the British newspaper industry since the 1990s. The report pays special attention to the recycling of press releases, newsroom issues, and the working lives of journalists. The report is partly based on a substantial survey of journalists and editors, and interviews.
The 'Radio Days' website is dedicated to the history of radio and its impact on media and culture from the 1930s onwards, and offers a useful resource with both information and downloadable scripts and radio programmes. The site is divided into sections on genre. The News section has features on well-known radio commentators, such as Raymond Swing and Elmer Davies, and major news events, such as the Hindenburg Disaster and the Funeral of Robert Kennedy, as reported on radio. The Mystery section features a retrospective on radio adaptations of crime fiction as series' for radio. Private Eyes, Comedy and Sci-Fi are treated in a similar way, charting the progress, popularity and importance of radio entertainment. Episodes of famous radio series, such as Dan Dodge and Captain Midnight are available for downloading with analysis and plot outlines also on the site. This is an enthusiastic and regularly developed site, which offers a mixture of nostalgia and analysis of an early form of mass entertainment.
'Robin Hood - Bold Outlaw of Barnsdale and Sherwood' is a website that traces the Robin Hood legend from its late medieval origins to its current manifestation in popular films and television programmes. The site is written and maintained by a well-informed Robin Hood enthusiast, and is informal rather than scholarly in approach. It is nevertheless intended to be of use to students studying the legend, and contains a good deal of material that should be of academic interest. The site summarises some of the key themes and events of the Robin Hood stories as they have developed down the ages, with sections on each of the 'merry men' and the traditional villains. There is also an essay on the candidates for the 'real' Robin Hood, as well as the other historical figures and legends that have become entwined with the tales. The primary texts of some of the ballads from Francis Child's nineteenth-century collection are provided on the site, and there are also links to online texts and material related to the earlier, medieval texts. There are also a number of personal responses to modern film and television versions of the legend, plus interviews with several notable authors, directors, and scholars. There are even interviews with the Members of Parliament for Nottingham North and for Wakefield, concerning the dispute over where the Robin Hood legend developed.
'The Saintly Bible' is the Web presence of an ongoing bibliographic and reference project dedicated to the character of Simon Templar, better known as 'The Saint', and other works by his author, Leslie Charteris. The site is interested in television and film adaptations of 'The Saint' stories, as well as the original novel of 1928, which was followed by a novel series, magazine and even comic strip. The site includes news features on current interest in the character and his author, as well as a bibliography and biography. Also included are features on 'The Saint' magazine, 'The Saint' in film, actors who have played the character, essays, archives and additional resources. This is an enthusiasts' site, but has a thoughtful approach to the phenomena of 'The Saint' as a media success, as well as a great interest in the character and Leslie Charteris as a writer. This adds a depth of content, which makes it a useful resource for serious research into modern fiction, media and culture.
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 online 'Science Fiction Resource Guide' is part of the French Science Fiction Pages. The Guide itself, however, is in English. It is a comprehensive resource with an extensive list of categories to browse. These contain annotated links to relevant online resources. Categories of subjects and topics include: Art and Artists; Authors; Awards; Bibliographies and lists; Fiction; Movie Resources; Publishers; Reviews and criticism; Television; Writers Resources; Zines, Magazines, Web E-zines. Among the better known topics included are Bram Stoker, Jules Verne, Star Trek, Star Wars, and many more. The website offers as well a brief 'Introduction' to this collection, a FAQ section, and information about new additions to the Guide. Unfortunately, the resource does not seem to have been updated since 2001. Despite this drawback, it is still an informative and useful site, and it will be of interest to general science fiction enthusiasts as well as students and scholars searching for Web resources on the subject.
The Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN) is a collection of over 300,000 images, sound files and movie clips selected from over 350 museums, galleries, media organisations, and archives. It principally covers Scottish material culture and human history. All resources are copyright-cleared for educational use. Subjects covered include: archaeology; architecture; art and design; art history; cultural studies; ethnology; history; literature; and media studies. Its extensive suite of learning materials includes: pathfinders (concise illustrated histories on various topics); the curriculum navigator (a tool to help teachers find SCRAN resources on specific subjects in the Scottish or English National curricula); and the schools' topic bank (a list of topics and related resource packs which can be used to support study or research). In addition, the FE/HE section contains practical advice (including how-to guides, search tips, FAQs and access to software tools), teaching ideas and examples of learning materials created using SCRAN resources. Non-subscribers can search the whole resource base for free and see thumbnail images and a basic caption, but to access the full content, users of SCRAN need a personal or institutional subscription. A free monthly trial is available, and SCRAN is available to UK HE/FE institutions at a subsidised rate under a national license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). This description is based on that supplied by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
Screen Online has been developed by the British Film Institute (BFI) with funding from the New Opportunities Fund and claims to be the definitive guide to the history of film and television in Britain. Screenonline contains hundreds of hours of clips from the BFI National Film and Television Archive together with commentaries, synopses, and supporting materials. Full access to the site is freely available for registered users in UK secondary and further education and public libraries. Everything except the moving images is freely available to anyone else. The site is divided into six major sections: film, television, people, history, education and tours. The people section includes an online edition of the Encyclopedia of British Film (Methuen Publishing, 2003). The tours section includes guides to to selected subjects including, British humour, the style of Alfred Hitchcock, Women and War, and Children's Television. The film and television sections are further sub-divided into themes including: genres, industry and audiences, places, films/tv by decade, and a timeline. The site will prove useful for film studies and British social history portrayed through film and television. A help feature is included and a search facility is available.
SHAKSPER, The Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference, is a website offering access to the archives of the SHAKSPER Listserv discussion forum and related materials, from 1990 onwards. The list is popular, with about 1,300 contributors, and is open to anyone interested in: Shakespeare's works; Renaissance drama; film adaptations of Shakespeare plays; or Shakespeare in popular culture. Topics covered in the archives include: literary; critical; textual; theoretical; and performative issues, along with: announcements of conferences; seminars; lectures; symposia; job openings; calls for papers; and new publications (including online materials). Reviews of scholarly books and past and present theatrical productions are also welcome. The editor does not, however, accept contributions relating to the 'authorship question'. The archives may be browsed by year or searched with a free-text search engine. The site also features a number of online scholarly papers and reviews. This is a good example of a Listserv discussion forum, and should be of interest to Shakespeare scholars at all levels.
Teachit is a vast resource for teaching English, Drama, Media Studies and Citizenship at primary and secondary schools. It is a collection of materials which have been created, tried and tested by English teachers. A majority of them is free, but some of the resources can be used properly only if you access them as a member. The website offers three different levels of subscription for individual members and school departments. Included on the site are downloadable and photocopiable worksheets, lesson plans and schemes of work - in fact, everything needed for planning individual lessons or even courses. Teachit uses frames for simplicity of navigation, and its resources are indexed in a number of ways: key stage, drama, media, online lessons, teaching aids, etc. The drama section, for example, contains lessons and strategies designed for teaching difficult topics such as gender representation or Stanislavski's acting system. In addition, this online resource has large sections devoted to games that can help bring texts alive to sometimes unwilling students. There are also numerous links to other websites, including Teachit's sister sites, that carry full texts of plays or study notes, and offer many other classroom materials.
The 'Times Archive' is the consumer-facing online interface to the full-text archive of The Times newspaper (London). The archive covers the years 1785 to 1985. Users will need to pay a fee to access original articles, so it may be worth checking whether your institution subscribes to the Gale educational version. The search and results interfaces are clean and simple to use. All newspaper content is offered, not simply the main news items. There are also classified adverts, notices, and display advertising, among many others elements. The newspaper pages have apparently been scanned from microfiche, and so there may be some errors in the automatic OCR transcription of text. This website will be a vital public resource for historians and also for many other types of researchers.
Tympanum is an e-journal devoted to Jacques Derrida and the theory of deconstruction, which was published between 1998 and 2000. The journal is self-conscious about its status as an Internet journal, and seeks to tie deconstruction to issues concerning new technologies. Thus, the magazine encompasses writing on classic deconstructionist themes, such as language and mourning, as well as meditations on the implications for subjectivity of the Internet. The journal boasts contributions from Derrida himself and other major deconstructive thinkers, such as Jean-Luc Nancy. This resource would be of interest to those studying critical theory.
This award-winning website focuses on media and cultural studies and manages to be both trend-setting and informative about the relationship between the mass media and people's identities, genders and everyday lives. It was created by David Gauntlett, Professor of Media and Communications, at the School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster. Gauntlett is also the author of Web.Studies: Rewiring Media Studies for the Digital Age; and Media, Gender and Identity. The main website has reviews, essays, and resources on cultural critics such as Theodor Adorno, Antonio Gramsci, Michel Foucault, Anthony Giddons, and Judith Butler, and on topics such as identity, media studies, gender studies and queer theory. The site also gives access to information about Gauntlett's books, and features Lego theorists, and action figures. Also included are 'theory trading cards', which are a pack of cards featuring theorists and concepts relating to social and cultural theory, gender and identity, and mass media. The full set is available for puchase, while a scaled-down online set of cards can be freely accessed on the site.