1001 Nights Cast is the official website of a text-based webcast project which was devised and performed by an Australian artist Barbara Campbell. This online resource provides all the necessary details regarding the project itself, the performing artist and the participating writers. The 1001 Nights Cast began on 21 June 2005 and continued to appear daily for the remaining 1000 nights, that is until 17 March 2008. Campbell prepared her webcasts by selecting a prompt word or phrase from newspaper reports about events in the Middle East, rendering it in watercolour, and publishing it on the website. Each prompt was a source of inspiration for a participant who would write a story of up to 1001 words. When a story had been written, Campbell would perform the story as a live webcast at sunset that night from wherever she was in the world. All these stories are currently published online in the section Search the Archive. Further details of the participating writers can be obtained through the Links page. The project has been inspired by the Arabian Nights collection of stories, centred on the figure of Scheherazade who 'narrates to keep herself alive'. This online project 'is generated by the forces of The 1001 nights: the theatrics of the voiced story, the need for framing devices, the strategies for survival, the allure of the Middle East and its contrasting realities'. This website will be of interest to researchers and professional writers alike. It is also a commendable resource for performance artists and enthusiasts of new media collaborative projects.
ALTX is an online resource with a network of related Internet projects, and the website is a gateway to audio art, Internet art, electronic publishing, hypertext fiction and new media theory. The home page provides links to seven different sections: ALTX Press is a 'library of avant-pop novels'; ALTX Audio features streaming audio, mp3s, concept albums, and essays on music, sound and noise; HYPER-X is an online gallery of net art and criticism including works by Lev Manovich and Jennifer McCoy; BLACK ICE FICTION is avant garde fiction journal, publishing work by authors such as Kathy Acker and Shelley Jackson; EBR is the Electronic Literature online, hosting discussions about online writing and featuring many essays and critical studies of specific web works, like Joyce's 'Afternoon'; HIAFF is where students will find out about the developments in net art and the artists involved, such as Giselle Bieguelman and DJ Spooky; and VIRTUAL IMPRINTS - the archived editions of ALTX, including pioneering work by visionaries Sadie Plant and Eugene Thacker. Although the home page is easy to use, some of the links require audio plug-ins and Macromedia flash plug-in.
The Anna Laetitia Barbauld website offers electronic hypertext editions of the poetry and prose of the 18th-century and Romantic era British writer Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825). The project is intended to explore the ways in which hypertext might extend editorial opportunities beyond those available to printed editions, as well as to enable free access to this increasingly studied author. The site hosts an annotated edition of Barbauld's 1773 edition of poetry, and a facsimile edition of her 1825 two-volume "Works", with a memoir by Lucy Aikin. Several of the texts feature hypertext glosses, whilst some of the poems are accompanied by more detailed critical notes that offer contextual readings. The poem, "Washing Day", for instance, is accompanied by: a critical essay; a contemporary account of washing day from James Woodforde's "Diary of a Country Parson"; a 1739 account of washing day from Mary Collier's "The Woman's Labour"; an engraving by Thomas Rowlandson; and other complementary materials. The site also includes: some of Barbauld's prose texts; 19th-century biographical accounts; a chronology of her life; a 1776 article on 'female literature' from the Westminster Journal; and some secondary critical essays. Links are provided to related resources. This well-designed and informative website should definitely appeal to students and researchers interested in Romantic literature and Barbauld more specifically. Users should note that links to external sites have not been maintained.
The literary magazine The Blue Moon Review began publication in 1994 as The blue penny quarterly and stopped in 2007. As a pioneer of publishing literary texts online the magazine also ventured into more experimental forms of electronic publication. It included fiction, poetry, hypermedia, audio (in MP3 format), and blogs. The full texts of all the back issues are available via this site and there is also a page of Recent Work featuring a selection of previously published contributions. This site offers an important view of current trends in the innovative publication of literary works in electronic form during the lifetime of the Blue Moon Review.
'Born Magazine' is a quarterly publication that brings together creative artists and experimental writers, diverse media and new technologies, to "create storytelling artworks". Founded in Seattle in 1996, 'Born' made its Web debut in 1997. It continues to promote collaboration and experiment in art and literature both on and off line. Content of current and past issues are fully and freely available online.
Carrlands is a series of three sound compositions, combining spoken word, music and effects, inspired and set in the agricultural landscape of the Ancholme Valley in Lincolnshire. The work was conceived and written by Mike Pearson, and composed by John Hardy and Hugh Fowler. Carrlands was designed to “aid public appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of landscape through active participation and engagement” and the website includes the works as MP3 downloads, together with suggestions for their use – either remotely from the locations, or with walks in the landscape. The website also includes biographical and bibliographic information. Carrlands was funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Landscape and Environment programme.
The Center for Digital Storytelling is the website of an international non-profit training, project development, and research organisation, based in North America, which aims to help people use digital resources to tell stories. The site provides information on the organisation's services and activities, which include: running storytelling workshops; public speaking and story screenings; and web design and production. The website is divided into several sections: 'Stories'; 'Our Services'; and 'Case Studies', as well as a section providing more information on the centre. Within these sections, a number of resources are available, such as: a number of full-text articles (e.g. 'Is Digital Storytelling a Movement'? and 'Storytelling for the New Millenium'); a small number of related links; and a series of interviews with practitioners. This site would be of interest to teachers and those studying the development of storytelling, as well as creative writers who are looking to use new media in their work.
The website of West Virginia University's Center for Literary Computing (CLC) contains information on the work and research of the centre which conducts interdisciplinary research into the new media and the media ecology of literary institutions. The website describes the aims and objectives of the CLC and the computing facilities available at the University. It also contains a number of projects developed by the centre. These range from an exploration of 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' in an 'immersive 3D environment based on popular computer games [Half-Life]', to a rather confusing jumble of pop-up windows designed by students, which seem intended to constitute a cutting-edge ejournal, but may result in one's web browser crashing. Those looking for something more practical may appreciate the Shakespeare resource page or the 'KnowledgeBase' pages which contain: syllabus archives; study materials; and teaching resources. New projects are being added to this site each year.
Cultronix is an ejournal dedicated to cultural discourse in the age of global communication, and full access to past issues is available on this site. Inspired by the reach of the new media, Cultronix is an attempt to negotiate the possibilities for academic discussion at a time when the audience for such debate can, because of the Internet, be almost infinite. The result is not a journal that has 'dumbed down' to be more accessible to a larger audience, but a magazine that questions the artificial boundaries between disciplines and audiences that are erected in the academy. Cultronix, then, is particularly interested in the relationship between language and institutions. The journal will be of interest to those working in critical theory and literature. Note that most of the back issues are undated, and at the time of writing, links to calls for papers and submission guidelines were not functioning; it is therefore unclear as to whether or not this journal is continuing publication, and it may be at risk of losing topicality.
Currents in Electronic Literacy is a free full-text ejournal published by the Computer Writing and Research Lab at the University of Texas at Austin. As of May 2007, the website has ten issues online. The aim of the ejournal is to "promote and organize the discourse of electronic literacy by reviewing and assessing the present state of the field". In addition to the journal, the website has the names of the Editorial Board and general contact details for the journal.
'Cybertext Yearbook' is a full-text ejournal published by the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. At February 2009 five issues are online, freely offering articles in PDF format. Example article titles from recent issues include: 'Literary Machines Made in Germany: German Proto-Cybertexts from the Baroque Era to the Present'; 'Nonlinearity in Mediaeval Arabic and Persian Poetry'; 'On Herminutia: Digital Rhetoric and Network Phenomenology'; and 'Playing with an Other: Ethics in the Magic Circle', among others. The website contains short biographies of contributors, although no contact details for the editors or details of the Editorial Board.
'Dreaming Methods' is an exploration of writing for the Internet, which describes its content as "a fusion of writing and new media exploring imaginary memories and dream-inspired states". The site includes some subscriber-only material, but subscription is free. Most of the work (Flash-based) is interactive, and involves the combination of: sound; image; and text. Much of this material is troubling or challenging in nature. The website provides details of current projects and a project bank of archived works. Dreaming Methods was previously published as Digital Fiction and older versions of the website can be accessed from the current one. Other features on the site include essays about the work on the site, its development and growth and the ultimate destination of new media. This is an exciting and innovative site, which is well-presented and will be of interest to researchers in new media as well as writers.
The website, Electronic Books: Children's Reading Practices and Comprehension, describes a project which ran at Loughborough University until March 2004. The project aimed to investigate children's reading skills and experiences with electronic books. The primary tasks of the project were to ascertain the extent to which children currently read printed and ebooks, and whether the medium of presentation affects their reading and enjoyment; the project focused on children between the ages of 9 and 11. The term, 'electronic book,' is clearly defined here and research methods and findings are outlined. The website also features useful links to pages featuring ebooks for children. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the research grants scheme. Those who have an interest in a more contemporary aspect of History of the Book, in children's literacy, or the readership of electronic books will find this site useful.
The 'Electronic Literature Directory' is a project of the Electronic Literature Organization (founded in 1999). It is a comprehensive resource for the study of writing in electronic form and derives from the earlier 'Word circuits directory'. The aim is to catalogue literary work published in a variety of electronic formats, including: audio recordings; hypertexts; interactive pieces; kinetic or animated poems; multimedia works; generated texts; and other works that allow reader collaboration. Authors and publishers are enabled, by means of an account, to create and edit listings of their own works within the database. The Directory covers several thousand works by more than a thousand, mainly American, contemporary and non-contemporary authors writing in English. A range of searches is available, including by author, by genre, and by electronic format, linking both to websites that contain the works and to the works themselves. This site would interest those studying creative writing or English more broadly.
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.
Enculturation: a journal for rhetoric, writing and culture is an ejournal devoted to current debates about postmodernism, technology and capitalism. Comprised in the main of critical essays, each issue of the magazine (accessible via the 'ISSUE' heading in the top right navigation) also features the work of an artist working with electronic media - such as Tina La Porta. Each volume focuses on a different theme. Previous themes include: film, writing/music/culture, post-digital studies, rhetoric/composition, and neo-expressivisms. The current edition of the journal is published alongside all past editions. The site also includes a "Web-bin," a list of links to sites related to rhetoric, composition and cultural/critical theory. With postmodernism being the main interest of the journal, Enculturation explores topics as diverse as film, machines and biotechnology. As a result, the divide between 'high' and 'low' culture is elegantly bridged and the exchange between academia and pop culture is at its most vibrant. This site will interest anyone working in literature, philosphy of cultural studies.
English Matters is an online journal dedicated to poetry and aesthetics, with particular attention to electronic publishing. This resource is one of the projects created by the New Media Group in English at the George Mason University. As a compendium of articles, interviews, poetry, prose and multimedia productions, English Matters is a vibrant addition to the possibilities of creativity on the Internet. Thematic interests of the articles published in this journal range from theoretical meditations on the question of the subject to more 'practical' pieces on epoetry and epoetry resources. It is clear, then, that English Matters is not simply an academic journal but also an invitation to creative writing. A very useful Links page refers the reader to other relevant online resources, the lists of which are either organised thematically, or annotated. This Web page also includes listings of events and exhibitions, as well as information on archives available to those interested in writing, theory and literature. Furthermore, this online resource provides a selection of teaching modules which have been 'designed by faculty in the English Department to help instructors integrate the materials presented in...[the journal] into their courses.' All in all, English Matters is a useful and ample resource, and it will be of interest to students, researchers and professionals alike.
Published by the Arts & Humanities Graduate School at the University of Glasgow, 'eSharp' is an online peer reviewed journal for arts, humanities and social science postgraduates at the University of Glasgow, which "aims to provide a critical but supportive entry into the realm of academic publishing ". The online journal, with its first issue published in October 2003, publishes each issue based on a broad topic, and includes a range of subjects, articles can be read in full as Work documents and contain bibliographies. Subjects covered include English and Scottish literature, creative writing, classics and music.
'The History of Zork' is a free 6,000-word essay exploring the early history of one of the most important interactive fiction games ever produced for the personal computer. First published by Infovision in 1980 and 1981, the Zork series of games became very influential and set the pattern for later adventure games. This short history was written by Tim Anderson, one of the creators of the early Zork series. It is a personal history, and there is no bibliography. The author briefly deals with the precursor games to Zork, such as Adventure. The later game Zork III (1982) is not covered, and nor is Return to Zork (1993), Zork: Nemesis (1996) or Zork Grand Inquisitor (1997).
'The Hyperliterature Exchange' is a web database of online material available for sale. Hyperliterature can be defined as literature created in a digital format which cannot be expressed in print. It often employs the following elements - animations, sound-effects, nonlinear structure or interactivity. It includes electronic literature, cyberliterature, digital poetry, hypertext, new media literature and nonlinear literature. Of use to researchers in literature, new media and creative writing, this site also offers the opportunity to submit work for online publication. Clear guidelines on the selection criteria are given. The database may be searched or browsed by author, format, genre, price or title. A small number of full-text reviews are available on the site. There are links to the sites where each piece of work may be bought. Some showcase and sample material is included without charge. Authors include Mark Amerika, Edward Falco, Edward Picot, Eugene Thacker and Klaus Walter. Formats include CD, floppy disk, download and DVD, amongst others. The Hyperliterature Exchange also publishes reviews and articles about non-print publishing and the development of new media styles. This is a site full of new concepts for those used to working primarily with hard copy texts. It reveals the possibilities of hyperliterature, which may include sound, images and interactive features. It is a useful introduction to the wide range of material available and an insight into the energy and vigour with which it is being produced. Easy to use, this is a useful database with a range of valuable additional features and is regularly updated.
'The Internet Writing Journal' is a free online magazine for readers and writers, established in 1997. The journal is issued monthly and provides a combination of: reviews; interviews; and articles. An archive is provided, and content can also be searched by keyword. Submission guidelines are also included, and contributions of 'how to', informative and journalistic articles are welcomed. The magazine does not publish fiction or poetry, but does actively seek articles of 750 - 1750 words on: developing writing skills; publishing; journalism; screenwriting; markets; Internet writing; and writing plays and songs. This site is regularly updated, with current, topical content and is straightforward to navigate and user-friendly. Writers and literature students would find this resource of interest.
Journal of Digital Information : Hypertext Criticism (Theme) is an online collection of articles from the Journal of Digital Information (JoDI), a freely available online peer reviewed scholarly journal which publishes articles and reviews relating to electronic publishing and writing. The journal has developed a range of themes which group together articles under a common editor. Recent topics covered within the hypertext criticism theme include: a bibliography of hypertext criticism; role of criticism in the information age; reviewing versus criticism; phenomenology and digital information; and review culture of fan fiction. Each article is reproduced in full, complete with a list of nodes (hyperlinks) within any article. Other JoDI themes include information discovery, digital libraries, and hypermedia systems. Further information about the journal and its submission policies are easily accessible. JoDI is published by the IAM Research Group, University of Southampton and receives support from the British Computer Society and Oxford University Press.
The website of “Judy Malloy” is an amalgamation of her theoretical works on literary, feminist, and new media studies, as well as a collection of her own hyperfiction works. Judy Malloy calls herself a hyperfiction writer and information artist and is well known to students and teachers immersed in Internet technology and hypertext writing. The site does use frames and some works need Flash and audio plug-ins. The easy to navigate home page is separated into sections displaying her own fiction, collaborations, events she has curated (Intersections Women in Web Media), papers previously presented at conferences, and information about her artistic exhibitions. There are links to her CV, with a list of prepublication papers, articles, and current projects, her biography, a blog and some links to external websites. All texts are available online except for the hyperfictions written with Eastgate Systems, which are available for purchase. The plethora of information pertaining to Judy Malloy’s own hyperfiction works, hyperfiction theories, narrative theories, feminist concepts and creative writing in general is sure to be helpful to both undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as to teachers of English, media, women’s studies, postmodernism and Internet Technology.
Kairos is a peer-reviewed electronic journal that publishes scholarly articles relating to the intersection of rhetoric, technology and pedagogy. Each issue of the journal has a theme. Recent themes have included: digital scholarship; technology, popular culture and the art of teaching; electronic publishing; disability; hypertext fiction and hypertext poetry; and computers and writing. First published in 1996, the number of issues per year vary between one and four. Kairos is edited by James A. Inman and Douglas Eyman (George Mason University), with the support of a network of editors based at a number of American universities and an editorial board.
"Mapping the Transition from Page to Screen" was a project based at Nottingham Trent University, directed by Sue Thomas, involving the author Kate Pullinger. The project facilitated the examination and analysis of a unique body of material alongside a programme of experiential research. Kate Pullinger is a print-based author who was keen to investigate the potential of electronic literature. The project manager Sue Thomas, was originally a print-based author but is now working in both media. Both authors worked in tandem with a team of specialists at the trAce Online Writing Centre, Nottingham Trent University. The project website tracks the seminal moments of transition between the print and electronic media, whilst also seeking to engage in the issues inherent in this crossover. Kate Pullinger's online diary charts her progress in learning new skills and adjusting her mindset to accommodate these new electronic methods of communication. An extremely useful outcome of this project is the discussion of text as a medium and its role in the production of electronic communications, making it a valuable resource to researchers in new media and contemporary arts across a range of subject areas. The Project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Innovation Awards scheme.
The online site of the New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia is designed to offer university students and teachers of all things 'hyper' a forum for research assistance. The website provides information on the theories behind hypermedia which includes hypertext, interactive fiction, interactive games and all forms of multimedia. The New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia is a peer reviewed journal. Although a subscription is needed to access the online version, most university libraries are subscribers. Without a subscription users are free to view the contents of current and archived journals as well as abstracts of individual articles. Some themes already covered in previous editions of the print and online journal are: the conceptual basis of hypertext systems, cognitive aspects, design strategies, the semantic web, intelligent and adaptive hypermedia, testing, evaluation, authoring and much more.
The Poetess Archive is primarily a bibliographical database for studying the literary history of popular British and American poetry, written in the 'Poetess' tradition, and published in collections and literary annuals, during the late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century. It contains over four thousand entries for works by and about male and female writers working in and against the 'Poetess' tradition. The database is searchable by author, by collection, and by criticism. A contents list is provided for each collection and, whilst the number of full-text editions is small at present, there are plans to expand this in the future. The site also incorporates the 'Poetess Archive Journal', a full-text archived journal, edited by Laura Mandell of the Miami University of Ohio, in association with NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship).
The “Portal for Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink” website presents a comprehensive overview of the author and her writing prowess. This site provides students and teachers of hypertext, online writing, new media, creative writing, and literary studies with links to all of M.D. Coverley’s (she writes under the pseudonym) fictions, course syllabi, articles, interviews, and hypertext theories. Contained here are all of M.D. Coverley’s creative writing and theoretical works and users should be aware that the site uses frames and some of her works require flash and audio plug-ins. In addition, there are links to collaborative works, such as projects with Stephanie Strickland, “trace” at Nottingham Trent University in the U.K., and the “electronic literature organisation” has information about current events, calls for papers and works, funding opportunities and articles in forthcoming online journals. This is a great website for students and teachers in American literature and English studies.
The 'Project Aon' website offers free interactive novels, specifically several well-known fantasy book series from the 1980s and early 1990s. These books are free to download (as HTML and graphics, in single ZIP files) or to view and play online as Web pages. The books are the Lone Wolf fantasy series, written by Joe Dever. His series attempted to enhance the genre by adding an innovative 'choose your own storyline' system, as well as some aspects of traditional role-playing games. Such 'interactive' books served in the 1980s and early 1990s as a training ground for those who later made important careers in videogame production. 'Interactive' books are thus a notable transition moment between 'pen & paper' roleplaying games, computer-based hypertext story systems, and early narrative-based videogames. As such the Lone Wolf examples may be of interest to media historians, as well as to creatives who may wish to closely examine a commercially successful print form of interactive storytelling.
This short Web page introduces an AHRC and BBC-funded project based around assessing the past and future development of ‘Digital Storytelling’, a “new creative form” which empowers the public to tell their own stories through using easy-to-use and everyday digital technologies to create “mini-movies” published online. The 2007-2008 project focused on the BBC’s Capture Wales project (which used the digital storytelling form to record “the quotidian storytelling of everyday life”) and the community-based digital storytelling groups that resulted from it. Although outputs are mentioned in the description of the project, unfortunately the “journal article, conference paper, database, case study material, national conference [and] assay of current training needs” are not, at the time of writing, referenced or available online.
The 'Publishing Hub' is a website that seeks to explore ideas about the future of academic publishing, from a UK perspective. There is a substantial public weblog, a current news digest with commentary, some details of research and events, and seven audio podcasts. There is a summary of the recent UK research initiative 'Open Books, Open Minds'. Access to posting on the weblog does not appear to be restricted, and it seems that any potential contributor may sign up in order to post their own contributions. The website is published in association with The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and The Publishers Association.
The Rationale of Hypertext is an online essay in full-text by Jerome McGann which focuses primarily on the physical character of textual works and discusses it from both a literary and a practical, methodological perspective. It is divided into 3 main sections: 'The Book as a Machine of Knowledge'; 'HyperEditing and Hypermedia'; and 'The Necessity of Hypermedia'. The first section discusses several implications of the use of electronic media in the production and study of textual material, and argues that digital versions provide us with a means of transcending the informational and critical limitations of the hard copy text. The second section distinguishes between hyper-editing and manipulating text with the aid of word processors, and suggests that to function in a 'hyper' mode, an editing project must use computerization as a means to secure freedom from the analytic limits of hardcopy text. The final section is dedicated to exploring the need for high-quality multimedia digital resources and the difficulties encountered in their production. It uses as starting points for the discussion examples illustrating some of the challenges and limitation encountered in the production of print scholarly editions of works by Blake, Dickinson, Landon, and Wordsworth, and concludes with an overview and analysis of one of Professor McGann own projects, The Rossetti Hypermedia Archive. The work also includes a coda entitled 'A Note on the Decentred Text', which explores the question of whether the organisational structure of the hypertext is dependent upon the existence of a central underlying 'text'.
This wiki describes all three AHRC-funded LICAU workshops. These events, in 2007-2008 aimed to address the problem of increasing academic interest in literary illustration meeting a background of museums and libraries unable to provide appropriate access to their illustration collections. The workshops brought together curators, conservators, academics, creative industries and illustrators to explore their research, access and conservation needs (including discussion of digitisation and emerging modes of academic research) with a view to “to [raising] the standing of illustration in the academy, libraries and museums, and in the public eye” as well as establishing networks to serve this aim. The wiki includes a link to a summary of the project's original proposal.
'Romantic Textualities' is a free scholarly online journal that examines literature and print culture in the period between 1740 and 1840 in the British Isles. The journal covers a wide range of literary genres and forms, with a particular emphasis on engaging in textual scholarship via electronic media (although this is not always evident from the published articles). As of September 2008 there are 18 twice-yearly issues online, with issues 9 to 18 being in PDF format. There are also indexes of selected individual articles and reviews, which can be download in PDF format. In addition to the original articles and a number of book reviews, the website also has a page that contains project reports, including: 'Database of British Fiction, 1800–1829', 'The English Novel, 1800–1829', and 'Subscribing Fiction in Britain, 1780–1829'. There are details on how to submit work, and information about the members of the Editorial Board.
Shoo Rayner's website showcases his work as a children's author and illustrator. He is perhaps best known for his feline characters 'The Ginger Ninja' and 'Dark Claw', but his impressive list of publications runs to over a hundred titles. The website is an excellent resource for research into the working practice of a contemporary children's author, offering a huge range of ideas, activities and insights into his work. The website is laid out as a series of cartoon headings and becomes the sort of site where it's easy to forget serious academic intent and just start having fun. However, there is a wealth of experience and information available behind the humour, along with the sense of a very lively and enthusiastic writer. Resources on the site include: 'Fun for Babies', 'Drawing School'; and 'Colouring Sheets', all of which provide stimulating activities for children. While there is an online store, there is also a mood of generosity about Rayner's approach which is refreshing, with free downloads available. These are aimed at children but suggest the ongoing concern for interaction with his readers which makes this site interesting and revealing as a study of modern practice and also as a resource for teachers.
The Cross-Cultural Poetics Website is home to the peer reviewed, electronic journal Streetnotes. The journal is published twice yearly and features poetry, articles and photography dedicated to the representation, documentation and analysis of domestic and urban social spaces and topographies from around the world. Emphasis is placed upon moments of social interactivity occurring on roads, streets, highways and byways. This repository of poetic and pictorial representations of places of cultural and historical significance may be of use to anyone researching aspects of the poetics, politics or philosophy of space in modern or post-modern literature or culture. The articles are freely available online. Subscriptions are invited.
Stuart Moulthrop's website provides a mixture of resources of interest to students of: English literature; hypertext; new media; and contemporary narrative and theory. Moulthrop, formerly of Yale University and the University of Texas, is a specialist in electronic literature and hypertext fiction. Resources available on the site include: a selection of Moulthrop's own 'Hypertexts and Cybertexts'; a small collection of his essays on writing online and new technology; some selected material for his university classes (programming principles and multimedia algorithms); papers given at various conferences; and of course links to external sites such as: Eastgate; Game Studies online journal; the Electronic Literature Organization; and Postmodern Culture journal, to name but a few. The website is easy to navigate and read.
The William Hone BioText presents online resources for the study of William Hone (1780-1842), British bookseller, editor and publisher. The overall aim of the project, prepared by Kyle Grimes of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is to investigate the influence of Hone on popular print or literary culture in the nineteenth century; Hone was known for his satirical works and successful court battle against government censorship in 1817. The site includes biographical notes (including an index of correspondence); an extended essay on 'Discursive Hosts: Hypertext and the Crisis in Literary Biography'; detailed bibliographies and archival repositories relating to works by and about Hone; and a collection of full text electronic texts of Hone's works (including 'The Man in the Moon'; 'Official Account of the Noble Lord's Bite!'; 'The Bullet te Deum; with the Canticle of the Stone'; and 'Buonaparte-phobia; or, Cursing Made Easy to the Meanest Capacity').
Affiliated with Nottingham Trent University, trAce is a Web-based organisation devoted to connecting writers and readers from around the world in real and virtual space. This site is an archive of the work published by the Centre between 1995 and 2005, including original new media writing, articles and transcripts of practice-based discussions. The contents of the site are fully searchable, and images of print ephemera from the trAce offices may also be viewed. trAce has since been relaunched as an online journal by the University of Bedfordshire.
This is the website of the Transliteracy Research Group at De Montfort University in the U.K. The website contains a freely accessible archive of 31 guest lectures presented from 2006 to 2009, as part of the M.A. in Creative Writing and New Media at the Faculty of Humanities, De Montfort University. Lectures are presented in a variety of file formats, including PDF files. Some are available as Quicktime video, and are accompanied with a text summary and Web links. Example lecture titles include: 'Text as Surface in Immersive 3D Environments'; 'Web 2.0 Narratives'; 'Changing Techniques for a New Medium'; 'Using Digital Storytelling Techniques for Creative Nonfiction'; and 'The Good The Bad and The Ugly: an introduction to writing in games', among others. Lectures are licensed under a Creative Commons licence. There are also profiles of each guest lecturer. There is an associated Transliteracy weblog, linked from the sidebar and top menu.
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.
The Webcomics Examiner is a fan-made website that aims to offer "discerning criticism of an evolving artform", namely comics designed to be read on the Web. The website uses a weblog form, and currently has a legacy of 44 feature articles, 11 interviews with notable webcomics creators, over 50 reviews, and six transcriptions of roundtable discussions. Illustrations are small, and text dominates. The website is well presented and the main articles are easy to read from the screen. Visitors are able to post comments, and there is also an associated forum accessed by the link on the website's 'How to Post Comments' webpage. The website has articles that review and describe “The Best Webcomics of 2004" and "The Best Webcomics of 2005", webcomics for these articles being chosen with the help of an editorial board. These "Best Webcomics of..." articles are not linked from the main website menu.
The ifiction website claims to contain over 250 works of pioneering interactive fiction and text-based adventure gaming, which are easily playable inside a web browser. The author states that "the games are mainly just Z-machine (Inform) games" and these are presented online using "a general-purpose Z-machine emulator with a web interface". The collection includes commercial games, including historic and hugely influential classics such as the three main Zork adventures, and the Adventure game. While playing, games can be saved. This is a useful website for those investigating interactive fiction and the online presentation of narrative, and the website allows users to bypass the problems inherent in getting old games to install and play on modern PCs.
'What is good hypertext writing?' is an online guide written by Jutta Degener, a graduate in computer science from the Technical University of Berlin. The guide includes sections dedicated to: problems associated with writing hypertext copy; editing and publishing; maintenance (keeping links and urls updated); 'dangerous words' (a list for the wary reader); and related material (a selection of links). Meant primarily for students interested in writing online this website will also be of general interest to other writers seeking advice on strong writing techniques. Users should be aware that the links section does not appear to be maintained.
Working With English (ISSN 1740-8547) is a recent online, peer-reviewed journal publishing papers from new researchers on a range of topics within the field of English Studies, broadly understood to include language, literature and drama. The site offers full access to all articles, in PDF format, dating from the journal's inception in 2003. Articles cover a range of historical and contemporary subjects, from William Shakespeare (1564-1616) through to Douglas Coupland (1961-), with some current bias towards the modern and contemporary. The calibre of writing is generally high. Aside from the journal contents, the website provides information about the background and aims of the journal, editorial information, and details of how to submit articles and proposals for themed issues.
'Writing Technologies' is a full-text online ejournal that examines links between writing and technology. This peer-reviewed journal is published online biannually. The first issue was available online from May 2007, with a wide range of articles, such as: 'Technology and the Cultural Location of Japan'; 'Writing Technologies in the Renaissance'; and 'In Search of a Technological Criticism', among others. The journal is published by Nottingham Trent University, a well-known research location for the investigation of new forms of writing and interactive multimedia narratives. The website also contains details of the editorial board and submissions.