,'A looker-on in London' is the online full text of Mary H. Krout's book (New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1899). The online version is the work of Lee Jackson and is published on his 'Dictionary of Victorian London' website. 'A Looker-On in London' is a mixture of travel journal, sociological inquiry and political commentary. The work is written from an American perspective and tackles a wide range of topics that includes: 'The Opening of Parliament'; 'Pentonville Prison'; 'The Princess Maud's Wedding'; 'The Jameson Trial'; and 'The Diamond Jubilee'. The text provides numerous comparisons between British and American attitudes and will appeal to historians and to those researching: travel writing; political writing; and eye-witness accounts in the framework of British (particularly English and Scottish) and American Studies. The book is also a good source for students and researchers in the field of Women's Studies, as it dedicates dozens of pages to relevant issues including: 'English Women and their Affairs'; 'Women's Clubs'; and 'Women's Schools and Colleges'. The digital version has been sympathetically prepared and retains all the necessary information - including the original page references, now inserted in the main body of the text.
Susanne Webel of the University of Koeln (Cologne) provides this online resource guide for seventeenth-century women's literature. Meant primarily for students of her course, '17th Century Women Poets', this will also be of general interest to students of seventeenth-century literature and gender studies elsewhere. The resource includes links to articles and reviews, biographical information about a selection of seventeenth-century women writers, and selections of the work of poets including Aphra Behn, Katherine Fowler Philips, Lady Mary Wroth, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, Elizabeth Major and Anne Bradstreet. There is also a useful list of general links to seventeenth-century resources, although a number of these links are broken. The site has not been updated since 1998, so while the site lists valuable secondary source material, it does not include the most recent scholarship.
This website was produced in order to host class work by graduate students researching the 18th- and early 19th-century novel. The page offers links to the class syllabus, the course material used in teaching the subject, and the sites produced by the students as a result of their study. The aim of the course was to examine 'new oppositions emerging with the advent of capitalism and the rise of the middle class', particularly gender oppositions, and this aim is reflected in the six student responses. Each response consists of a short critical article, and a more extended annotated bibliography covering the aspect they studied. The course materials included essentially consist of extracts from critics and annotated bibliographies covering such areas as: class; liberalism; the rise of the novel; consumerism; property; and publicity. The principal use of this site will be for referring to the various annotated bibliographies, although tutors may also wish to consider the approach to teaching the early novel demonstrated here.
This is the website for a branch of ANPOLL, a Brazilian research group, which is devoted to the study of literature by women. The group's main focus is the work of Lusophone and Anglophone writers, although students and researchers working on the former will probably benefit most from visiting this Portuguese-language site. A database of Brazilian women writers from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries is available on the site: for each writer listed, there is a short biography, bibliographies of primary publications and secondary criticism, and extracts. A collection of short, full-text articles on women's writing, by members of the research group, is also available: themes addressed have included the work of the early 20th century poet, Henriqueta Lisboa; Francisca Izidora; Rosália Sandoval; the representation of women in the work of 20th century novelist, José Lins do Rego; and women's challenge to the Brazilian literary canon. The site features links to related resources, and a database of the group's research interests which will assist the location of potential 'likeminds'. A valuable contribution to online resources for Lusophone women's writing.
This website was prepared as part of an undergraduate course for students studying black American womanist writer Alice Walker, and in particular her novel The Color Purple. The site consists of a brief introduction; links to other sites about Walker and other modern American women writers; and a section of questions on The Color Purple for students to ponder. These could well be used as essay questions or as topics to be explored in classes. The focus of the questions is placed firmly on feminist issues and issues of race and although it was written for a specific course it could provide a useful starting point for any initial research on Alice Walker.
This web page contains an interview with Pat Barker (1943-), the Booker award-winning novelist whose publications include 'Union Street'; 'The Man who wasn't There'; and the Regeneration Trilogy ('Regeneration', 'the Eye in the Door', and 'The Ghost Road'). The interview was conducted with freelance journalist and anthropologist Wera Reusch. Reusch asks Barker why she chooses to write about war, her unsentimental style, describing sexuality from a male perspective, and black humour. There are also some biographical details and questions. The interview is part of the online archive of 'Lola', an 'international feminist magazine'.
This is the website of the Anglistik Guide (English Studies) at the Goettingen State and University Library. The project is a gateway to Internet resources concerned with English literature and language. There are five main categories for searching: British Language and Literature (including General Commonwealth); New Literatures in English; American Language and Literature; Celtic Languages and Literature; and Gender Studies. However, these large categories are broken down into a number of sub-categories, such as: anthologies, literary criticism, and individual authors and works. Search can be performed by typing in simple or advanced search terms, or just by browsing the index.
The website "Anna Jameson, Harriet Martineau and their friends: a bibliographical and biographical database of the interpersonal transactions as recorded by and in their letters" is part of the Victorian Women Writers' Letters Project and provides information on the interpersonal relationships of the authors Anna Jameson (1794-1860) and Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) in the form of a searchable database of their personal correspondence. Both were involved in the reform campaigns of the day, such as the abolition of slavery and "the woman question", and had contact with other important literary women (most notably Elizabeth Gaskell and Elizabeth Barrett Browning). Their letters offer an insight into women's history as well as literature. Jameson and Martineau wrote extensively and their works include "A Lady's Diary" (later published as "The Diary of an Ennuyee"), "Characteristics of Women", "Sisters of Charity", and "Deerbrook", "The Crofton Boys", and "Letters on the Laws of Man's Nature and Development" respectively. The database contains detailed records of both women's correspondence, although the letters are not available in full-text. Each record details the author, addressee, people mentioned in the letter, and bibliographic information for the location of the actual source. Biographical information is provided for the author, addressee, and those mentioned and there are also links to relevant external sites. It is possible to search the databases individually or simultaneously, and in both search forms there is the option to search for author, addressee or people mentioned. As such it is possible to execute very specific searches. The project has been funded by the SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), the University of Toronto, Simon Fraser University and is part of the Simon Fraser University electronic documentation centre.
The website “Anniina’s Toni Morrison Page” is dedicated to the works of the 1993 Nobel Prize winning, African-American novelist, Toni Morrison and offers a selection of links to interviews and biographies. Bibliographies of critical studies are provided for the following novels; “Beloved”, “Paradise”, “Love”, “Jazz”, “Sula”, “Tar Baby”, “Song of Solomon”, and “The Bluest Eye”. In each of the bibliographies, there are external links to articles, book reviews, essays, interviews, and excerpts of variable quality. Users will need an audio plug-in feature to take advantage of the small number of interviews and excerpts on this site. There are links on the homepage to five sections that contain a number of external websites about Toni Morrison. These sections include “Biographies”, “Bibliographies”, “Interviews” that require an audio plug-in such as RealPlayer or an mp3 option, “Other Sources” and “Bookstore”. The site is perhaps of most interest to students of African-American literature and twentieth-century women’s studies. Luminarium is an independent bibliographical resource started by Anniina Jokinen in 1996 and provides critical references ranging from medieval to contemporary literature.
'Another Kind of Love' is the electronic edition of Christopher Craft's examination of the discourses of nineteenth-century psychiatry and sexology. Craft considers questions fundamental to any history of present sexualities in a study that explores: the politics of gender; the history of sexuality; and the erotics of reading. For example, he asks: how does the modern binary homosexual/heterosexual relate to earlier formulations like "sexual inversion" and "sodomy"?; what part does literature play in the development of such categories, or in a culture's resistance to them?; and what are the implications for the creation and maintenance of the presumed "natural" male heterosexual subject? How has male heterosexual subjectivity been established as a bulwark against the attractions of a homosexual desire that is repeatedly incited by the very culture that condemns it? In a wide-ranging and scholarly book, Craft analyses: some of Freud's central writings; Tennyson's 'In Memoriam'; Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest'; Stoker's 'Dracula'; and Lawrence's 'Women In Love'. The site also has links to other University of California electronic editions that are available for free. This resource would be useful to university students interested in studying the social context of any of the authors or texts mentioned here.
This is the home page of the Aphra Behn Society, an American academic society, which is not only interested in Behn and her works, but is dedicated to 'encouraging and advancing research that focuses on issues of gender and/or women's role in the arts of early modern culture, circa 1660-1800'. The Society's website provides: information about upcoming meetings; the text of the current newsletter; a list of officers and members; and links to websites relating to Aphra Behn and relevant topics. Whilst the site is primarily intended for society members, non-members may find the links useful.
In his website 'As One Phoenix: Four Seventeenth Century Women Poets' Ron Cooley, of the University of Saskatchewan, provides bibliographies, biographies and a selection of writings from four prominent women poets of the Seventeenth Century: Lady Mary Wroth; Katherine Philips; Aemilia Lanyer; and Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle. The site is perhaps of most interest to undergraduate students of seventeenth-century literature, but is also of use as a quick reference guide for postgraduates and beyond. The selections of poems offered are taken from: Wroth's 'Pamphilia to Amphilanthus' (1621); Philips's 'Poems by the Incomparable, Mrs. K.P.' (1664) and 'Poems by the Most Deservedly Admired Mrs. Katherine Philips, The Matchless Orinda' (1667); Lanyer's 'Salve Deus Rex Judí¦orum' (1611) and Cavandish's 'Poems and Fancies' (1653). Useful editorial notes are provided. Cooley produced the website along with some of his students as part of a tutorial project in response to the under-representation of these poets in modern anthologies of seventeenth-century verse.
The 'Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies' is a free full-text scholarly journal. This refereed journal of articles, news and notes in Victorian Studies is published by the Australasian Victorian Studies Association. Previously available in print, since November 2007, the journal has only been freely available online. Archived issues run back to 2008. Users may register by email to be notified of the publication of future issues. Policies and guides for submissions are also posted. The journal is being placed online under the National Library of Australia's 'Open Publish' initiative. The site has its own search engine.
The Bluestocking Archive is a Web resource offering materials intended to "make clearer the connections between the phenomenon of the original Bluestocking Circle, the development of sensibility, and the achievements of High Romanticism." Bluestockings, that is, women with literary and intellectual interests, referred to in the site include such luminaries as Elizabeth Montagu, Mary Wollstonecraft, Catherine Macauley, Fanny Burney and Hester Chapone. The materials included in the site principally constitute bibliographical references, either to printed works, or linked to a wide range of hypertexts, as well as a small number of original articles. The site is divided into headings, such as 'The Bluestocking Circle,' 'Writings that encouraged women's intellectualism' and 'High Romanticism and Sensibility.' The site is straightforward to use and offers some useful insights and perspectives.
The 'British Women Playwrights Around 1800' website aims to promote interest in the works of lesser known female playwrights of the period. The site provides full online electronic texts (in HTML or PDF format) of late 18th-century and early 19th-century plays by playwrights such as: Elizabeth Craven; Elizabeth Inchbald; Frances Burney; Catherine Gore; Harriet Lee; Sophia Lee; Mary Russel Mitford; Anne Plumptre; Elizabeth Polack; and Mariana Starke. The site also hosts a number of related essays submitted by contributors, as well as a comprehensive chronology of plays by British women playwrights from 1770-1823 that could be useful to students and researchers.
Based at Shields Library, University of California, Davis, this project is creating scholarly electronic editions of works published by British women between 1789 and 1832. The selection of texts is guided by an advisory committee and many of the e-texts originate from the library's Kohler Collection of English poetry. The collection is of particular importance as it contains many extremely rare titles, as well as works by relatively unknown writers. The texts are encoded in SGML and are available for downloading as either SGML or HTML. Links are available to The Literary Encyclopedia, which includes an ongoing development of biographies for the writers in the digital collection.
This website provides a chronological list of some of the more interesting novels by British women published between 1775 and 1818. A synopsis is provided for each novel, along with hyperlinks to portraits of the author and pages of historical and cultural background. The link from Frances Burney's "Cecilia" takes the user to an online study guide written by the list's compiler, Cathy Decker. Several of the date links take the user to pages on contemporary women's fashions. Unfortunately, some of the other links merely jump to the relevant Amazon.com bookseller's page. Many of the featured novels are gothic historical romances or have feminist themes. Featured writers include Ann Radcliffe, Maria Edgeworth, Jane Austen, Frances Burney, Charlotte Smith, Elizabeth Inchbald, Jane Porter, Elizabeth Hamilton, Isabella Kelly, Regina Maria Roche, and Mary Wollstonecraft. This site provides useful summaries and suggested readings for undergraduate English studies students approaching gothic literature, women's writing, the novels of the Romantic era, or any of the individual authors featured.
'A Celebration of Women Writers' is a website edited by Mary Mark Ockerbloom, and developed in collaboration with the On-Line Books Page at the University of Pennsylvania. The site aims to recognise "the contributions of women writers throughout history". The site provides an extensive database of women writers, which can be searched by: name; dates; country of residence; or ethnicity. Although it deals with writing of all genres, this is a particularly useful website for literature students, as the majority of writers listed are poets and novelists. For most of the writers there are useful links to biographical and bibliographical information online, and for some there are also links to full texts of their works. The site also provides some e-texts, mainly relating to 18th, 19th, and early 20th-century women writers. Many colonial and postcolonial writers are also referenced, including: Anita Rau Badami; Helen Bannerman; Arundhati Roy; Jean Small; Alice Munro; Mary Electa Adams; Marylin Bowering and Marjorie Lowrie Christie Pickthall. The site is not only aimed at researchers, but also at active participants who wish to raise awareness of women writers. This site is easy to use with useful external links. The bibliographies are a particularly rich resource, leading to many other useful research sites.
This is the website for Chawton House Library in Hampshire, United Kingdom. Chawton House is located close to the former home of the novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817) and holds a unique collection of women's writing from 1600-1830. Chawton House is open to the public for research use and hosts a large number of conferences, exhibitions and events relating to writing by women. Full details of its programme of events and opening times are available on the site. However, the website is a resource in itself, with not only information on the collection and a list of biographies of women writers, but also a collection of on-line novels from rare early editions, taken from original unedited texts. The collection includes works by authors such as Anna Maria Bennett, Susannah Maria Cooper, Sarah Green, Jane Harvey, Harriette Wilson and Elizabeth and Jane Purbeck.The website also provides a list of links to Internet resources relating to this field. Many of the links are connected with Jane Austen studies but there are also links to more general scholarly organizations relating to women's writing or textual editing.
'Clean' is an online writing project which exists as a collaboration between the Women's Library at London Metropolitan University and the trAce On-line Writing Centre, at Nottingham University. It is likely to be of interest to writers and social historians. The Women's Library is a new building behind the former Whitechapel Wash House in the East End of London. This location led to the exploration of what cleanliness means to us, from the most basic sewerage systems to the modern luxuries available in our homes. The site has developed through online contributions, made by anyone interested, and the collected thoughts of people local to the Women's Library site. The site is now closed for further contributions, but the existing material may be read by following the links to several pages full of washing-machine doors, which may be clicked upon to access the material. This is a very straightforward site, which combines a simple idea with innovation and some touching insights.
The Corvey Project at Sheffield Hallam University is researching the holdings of the Corvey Library (Höxter, Germany), a library which holds an extensive collection of writings from the Romantic-era, including a rare collection of popular fiction between 1798 and 1834. The Corvey Project's particular area of interest is women's writing in the collection. The Project, which has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB), has made available a number of resources. The Corvey Women Writers on the Web resource is a database of over 1,000 writings by 417 women writing in the late eighteenth - early nineteenth centuries. The database can be browsed by author (in alphabetical order) or searched. The search interface permits detailed searching. Fields available for searching include: title, author, publisher, date range, genre and specified keywords. A typical author's page includes a bibliography of works, refereed contributions made to Corvey Women Writers on the Web, and related contemporary material. A page for any given work will usually include an image of the title page, publication information, and details of refereed contributions. The Corvey Project has also made available catalogues relating to the library's holdings for belles-lettres, general women's writing, and travel. The Project is integrated into the University's undergraduate teaching programme. The CW3 online journal is a peer-refereered forum of articles on Romantic-era writing by women. Details are also included on 'Corinne', the project's hard copy journal of original undergraduate research . The website includes details of articles about the project (some online), and recent updates.
'CW3 Journal' is a peer-refereed full-text ejournal publishing... "research into Romantic-era writing by women". The journal aims to produce two issues per year, and is produced from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. At June 2009 there are three issues online, with articles freely available in HTML form. The journal also publishes reviews. Example titles include: 'Mothering the Novel: Frances Burney and the Next Generation of Women Novelists'; 'Corinne in Distress: Translation as Cultural Misappropriation '; and 'Early British Children's Books: Towards an Understanding of their Users and Usage', among others. The journal website has details of the Editor, Editorial Board, and the submissions process.
Domestic Goddesses is an online journal that ran from 1998 - 2003, dedicated to domestic fiction by American women writers from 1830-1920. The site features short biographical sketches of: Louisa May Alcott; Willa Cather; Kate Chopin; Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Sarah Josepha Hale; Sarah Orne Jewett; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Susan Warner; and Edith Wharton. Most useful for research purposes, however, are the selections of critical essays written by graduate students, ranging from short critiques to full length essays. The critical material offers varied and informative considerations of the work of each of the listed authors (except Sarah Josepha Hale). Texts discussed in the essays include: 'Little Women'; 'My Antonia'; 'The Awakening'; 'The Yellow Wallpaper'; 'Herland'; 'The Country of the Pointed Firs'; 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'; 'Wide Wide World'; and 'The Age of Innocence'. There are also bibliographic guides to research for Alcott, Cather, Chopin and Gilman. A list of links to other pertinent websites is available for each author, as well as a list of 'General Victorian links' for broader research. It is possible to search the site using keywords. This process simultaneously searches pages on Domestic Godesses' parent site, Women Writers, which could prove to be a helpful time saving device. This resource would be of help to those studying 19th-century American literature, or women writers in particular.
The web page 'Eighteenth-Century Women: Studies in their Lives, Works, and Culture' provides information about the annual print journal (hardcover serial publication) with the same title. The series first volume was published in 2001. It offers a list of authors and articles published in prior issues and information for those wishing to submit their own work. There are instructions on formatting accepted work and for book reviewing. The journal itself 'aims to be a record of women's lives and accomplishments', and concentrates on the literary, social, and cultural history of women from 1660 to 1815. It is not limited to any specific geographical region. The editor discourages the use of technical jargon.
The essay "A Druidic Difference: Emily Dickinson and Shamanism" analyses Dickinson's work from a unique angle, following the assumption that her poetry was a shaman ritual. Not in the common understanding of the word - a witch doctor, medicine woman, an elder - but in the sense of seeking a higher spiritual truth. Emily Dickinson (1830-1866) is considered one of America's greatest poets. She wrote poetry concerned with the human experience of various emotions, and our responses to love, sexuality, death, spiritualism, fear. It has been suggested Emily fulfilled that which she avoided doing in life with her poetry. She remained unmarried, and for a large part of her life chose to live in isolation. In fact, these are the qualities that the author of this essay uses to argue her 'shamaness' abilities; that is, as a visionary, never satisfied that the world was what it appeared to be. The essay is interesting and explorative, and it is followed by a list of secondary sources for further study.
This is the website for the Emory Women Writers Resource Project, which is based at Emory University in the United States. The project consists of a collection of edited and unedited texts by women writers from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century. It has been designed as a teaching resource for undergraduates learning to edit literary texts. The resource provides an alphabetical list of authors, which includes writers such as Aphra Behn and Margaret Cavendish, as well as lesser known authors and works by anonymous authors. Alternatively, users can choose material according to the ethnic origin of the writer. These categories include Caucasian, Native American and African American. Prose, poetry and dramatic texts are available online. It is possible to select either edited or unedited versions of a particular text, allowing students to compare their own work with fully edited versions. The site offers suggested assignments for students and recommended further reading.The site was commended in 1998 by the Scout Report, the premier weekly collection of useful Internet sites.
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.
Erfurt Electronic Studies in English (ISSN 1430-6905) is a peer reviewed online journal that publishes full-text articles and reviews across the broad spectrum of English studies, including literature, linguistics, film, humanities computing, English as a foreign language, cultural and gender studies. Although based at the University of Erfurt, Germany, the journal is in English. As a result, many of the articles consider issues raised by teaching English language and literature in a non-English culture. Some of the topics discussed in recent and earlier articles include: The Anatomy of Modernity: Browning and T.S. Eliot (2008); Global Gazes at British Literature: A Report on the 30th Cambridge Seminar on Contemporary British Literature, 2007; The Problems of Xenophobia and the Teaching of English at Japanese Universities (2002); Anne Finch Surveys Womankind (2001). The site links to other related Resources, including Prolepsis, the online book review journal for English Studies. A General Index is also provided, although discontinued in 2002.
Etext Center offers access to a wide variety of online texts in English literature. The resources available in American literature are particularly rich and include early American fiction, Native American literature, literature from the American civil war and the Salem witch trials. The site also provides access to special collections at the University of Virginia, including a digital collection of African-American educational photographs and selected private and official correspondence of Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.Other materials include online texts of William Shakespeare in both First Folio and early Quarto editions. There is a facility which allows users to make side-by-side comparisons of different texts, which is extremely simple to use and valuable as a research tool.
This is the Web page for the journal 'Exemplaria', which publishes articles relating to the theoretical debates surrounding Medieval and Renaissance studies. The Web page itself is part of the Maney Publishing website, which took over publication of the journal in 2007. The page only links to the titles of a few recent and forthcoming articles from the journal, giving subscription details for those wishing to acquire the full print editions. A PDF announcement on the site promises a 2010 project to digitize back issues and make them available online to paying subscribers. The site also provides details of the editorial board, notes for contributors, and a positive review of the periodical from The Times Literary Supplement.
Feminae: Medieval Woman and Gender Index, edited by Margaret Schaus (Haverford College, Pennsylvania), is a website which indexes: journal articles; book reviews; and essays in books about: women; sexuality; and gender during the medieval period. The Index has been compiled by volunteers since 1996 and covers publications from 1990 to 2006. Almost 500 journals are indexed and include articles in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. The Index can be searched by: author; title; subject source; primary evidence; language; geographic area; and year of publication. The site also includes a full list of subject headings used within the database, and listings of the journals and essay collections indexed. A short links page lists other sites devoted to medieval women and users can register to receive email notification of updates to the collection. This site would be of use to researchers or students of medieval history and literature, or anyone interested in the role of women in history.
'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.
Genders is an ejournal presenting innovative work in the arts, humanities and social theories. Obviously feminist and 'queer' in thrust, Genders features interesting work in a number of disciplines. There is a special issue, for example, on political wives in seventeenth-century England. Other articles include considerations of Julia Kristeva's theory of abjection and a piece on Hollywood lesbians. Always academic in form, the magazine is wide-ranging and engaging. A supporter of artistic innovation, Genders is eager to review contemporary work in literature and the visual arts. This journal will be read by anyone interested in theory, gender studies or history.
The Gerritsen collection is published by Chadwyck-Healey. It is a subscription service that offers a huge variety of primary and secondary source material charting the history of feminist consciousness and women's rights in several countries, some of which is very rare. It contains over 4,700 digitised pamphlets, books and periodicals from Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, covering the sixteenth to the twentieth century. The content is all digitised to a high standard and its ASCII text can be searched by keyword, and page images downloaded in PDF format. A full list of the works in this collection can be downloaded in Excel format.
This website, The Girl's Own Paper Index, is administered by Tom Ward from the School of Mathematics at the University of East Anglia. The site contains an online index, expanding upon a previously published source compiled by Honor Ward, concerning all the fiction stories and non-fiction articles from the weekly young women's magazine 'Girl's Own Paper,' covering the period 1880 to 1941 (Volumes 1 to 62). The periodical also featured an annual special edition prepared for the Christmas market. The paper featured a mixture of fiction, improving articles, poetry, music, coloured illustrations, and 'answers to correspondents'. This website describes the history of the paper and provides indexes to its fiction and non-fiction content, listed by author name and title. It does not provide the full-texts of the original articles. There are, however, some scanned sample illustrations from the paper, selected responses to correspondents, and bibliographies of contributors. There are also several short articles about the format of the paper, the development of the indexes, and the winter and summer extras. A separate page lists libraries with significant runs of the 'Girl's Own Paper.' The site is fully searchable and should prove a useful resource for those studying Victorian and early twentieth-century girls' periodicals, or considering gender construction and cultural studies during that period.
This is the website of the publishing venture, Girls Gone By Publishers (GGBP), which is run by Clarissa Cridland and Ann Mackie-Hunter and which re-publishes "some of the most popular girls' fiction from the twentieth century, concentrating on those titles which are most sought after, and difficult to find on the second-hand market." With its inclusion of descriptions of the books published, this is a valuable albeit brief, introduction to an often overlooked genre of fiction, which with their disctinctive design and illustration are of more than literary interest. The website includes titles (with illustrations) that are available now and forthcoming titles.
'Gratt: a peer-reviewed journal of Anglophone studies' is a full-text ejournal aiming to cover... "Literature, Civilization, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Linguistics". The journal is produced by the University of Francois-Rabelais in Tours, France, but is published in English. At February 2009 four issues are online, offering articles as PDF files. Issues are themed: 'Queer Readings of Television Series and Serials'; 'Reading Thomas Jefferson'; 'Reading Thomas Pynchon's latest novel Against the Day'; and 'Reading Alison Bechdel'. There are also details of 39 paper-only issues, published between 1984 and 2007. The website offers a "Poetry and Fiction Corner", and "Occasional Papers" which at present features just one paper - 'Representing the Dirty South: Parochialism in Rap Music'. The website has details of the editors, and a style-sheet for contributors.
'The International Gay & Lesbian Review' is a full-text ejournal that offers summaries and reviews of books of lesbigay interest. The Review claims to be "the world's first academic journal to be published entirely on the World Wide Web." Nearly 1,000 short reviews are available, although some are available in abstract rather than full-text form. Both fiction and non-fiction books are reviewed, on a wide variety of topics and by a wide variety of reviewers. Reviews are usually in a tone suitable for the general university-educated reader. Some reviews are taken from now-defunct print publications such as Gay Today. The website has information about how to submit reviews. There is the ability to search by title, or by the surname of a book's author. For those without access to commercial book review databases, this will be a useful website to use in conjuction with Google Books and Amazon reviews.
The Intimate Circles website was published to accompany an exhibition held at Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library from 28 July to 18 October, 2003. The exhibition examined the careers and lives of a selection of female "writers, artists, publishers, performers, collaborators, and community builders whose energies set in motion lasting aesthetic and cultural practices". This website acts as an online record of the exhibition, with images and information for each of the 67 women represented. A selection of essays, taken from the exhibition catalogue, are also available, along with general introductory details. A list of the women featured can be browsed alphabetically, by profession or by circle (Chicago Renaissance, Expatriates, Harlem Renaissance, New York, Southwest). Visual and performing artists include the painters Georgia O'Keeffe, Dorothy Brett and Mary Foote, actress Ethel Waters, singer Josephine Baker, dancer Katherine Dunham, violinist and music historian Olga Rudge and photographer Anne Brigman. Writers include Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston, Gertrude Stein, and Edith Wharton.
The Isle of Lesbos is an online collection of art, culture, and learning devoted to love between women, primarily lesbian and bisexual love, but also friendship and sisterhood. It is a comprehensive collection of material, of use to researchers in literature, art and women's studies, amongst other disciplines. The site is organised under the headings of poetry, classical art, vintage images, letters and journals and quotations. The poets include Sappho, Aphra Behn, Gertrude Stein, Edna St. Vincent Millay, William Wordsworth, S. T. Coleridge and Paul Verlaine. Biographies of modern poets are included, such as Paula Allen Gunn, Cheryl Clarke, Judy Grahn, Adrienne Rich and May Swenson. Images from classical art are divided into time periods from 1500 - 1849, 1850 - 1899, 1900 - 1910 and 1911 - 1935. Some of the material classed as motivated by sexuality rather than friendship is open to debate, but the site does acknowledge that much debate is ongoing regarding the changing interpretation of material by different generations of reader/audience. The site is easy to navigate and well-presented, with links and suggested sites for further research.
The Female Tatler was one of the first English periodicals intended primarily for women. Published during 1709 and 1710, it contained satirical and morally edifying observations on contemporary life and mores. This website describes the Female Tatler's content and places it in its historical context. It contains sample primary texts and short essays on the periodical's authorship, publication, and readership. These essays include hypertext links to footnotes and a glossary. There are also more general essays on early eighteenth-century periodical marketing; the historical, political and social context of the Female Tatler; and the genealogy of the periodicals of the era. A large section of the site is devoted to the key topics the magazine addressed, such as gossip, decorum, celebrity, wit, beauty, fashion, and marriage. There is a short but annotated bibliography of secondary sources and a discussion of the Female Tatler's possible influence on later modern and current-day publications, such as the women's fashion magazine, Tatler. This is a well-written resource that should be of interest to undergraduates studying the development of the English periodical or the Female Tatler more specifically. 'Issuing Her Own' was developed by postgraduate students at the University of Michigan as part of the broader 'Eighteenth-Century England' project.
This online resource is the official website of a contemporary English novelist Jeanette Winterson. The writer is particularly noted for her feminist literature, and treatment of themes relating to lesbianism, homosexuality, and the relationship between women and technology. Winterson's key works include 'The Powerbook', 'Oranges are not the only fruit', 'Sexing the cherry', and 'The Passion'. The website provides access to a biography of the author, as well as to a full listing of all her novels, with a section on television and film adaptations which have been made from them. It contains a large amount of direct input from the author, including access to recent newspaper articles and an exclusive Internet column of her daily life and opinions on feminism, world events and literature. The Digital section offers audio and video versions of interviews conducted with the author, and public readings from her books.
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.
"Julian of Norwich's 'Christ as mother' and medieval constructions of gender" is the online version of a paper presented by Professor Thomas L. Long (Thomas Nelson Community College) in 1995. Long's main argument is that whereas Christianity today still displays a great amount of patriarchal anxiety about the idea of Christ as a mother, medieval religious texts did more freely allow the trope of a feminine God. The focus of Long's paper is the transgendered image of Christ in 'A Revelation of Love' by the 14th-century female mystic Julian of Norwich. This resource is clearly written and contains endnotes and a bibliography. This paper is one of a number on medieval topics on Long's homepage, and would be of interest to medieval studies or religious studies students.
'Kritika Kultura' is an online peer-reviewed journal in English Studies published by the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. It is described as "an electronic journal of literary, cultural and language studies" which addresses 'issues relevant to the 21-century', such as language, literature, pedagogy, language teaching and learning, cultural and gender politics, national identity, postcolonialism, feminism, and others. The journal defines its objectives as 'exploring and examining contemporary issues in the complex nexus interconnecting language, literature, culture and society'. Apart from the current issue, previous issues are also available online in the archive section. The articles are available in full-text, and all the issues can be downloaded free of charge in the PDF format. There are comprehensive notes on the contributors, as well as instructions how to submit new articles. This online resource will be of interest, primarily, to students and researchers.
L. E. L's verses and the Keepsake for 1829 is an online full-text reproduction of items from 'The Keepsake', a magazine popular with fashionable women, published between 1827-1857. The red silk bound publication contained engravings of socialites, images of exotic locations, and illustrations of romantic stories, as well as poetry and prose, and was always conservative in content. This website gives details on the magazine including: the purpose; the intended audience; the publication; and those that edited the profitable journal. Among the materials reproduced from 1829 are: 'The Country Girl' by William Wordsworth; verses by Letitita Elizabeth Landon; and an engraving of Georgiana, Duchess of Bedford. There is also a brief biography of Letitia Elizabeth Landon and her involvement in the magazine. The background material on the journal provided by the editors is well researched and cited, and could be of use to those studying 19th-century culture, media, women's studies, and even engraving.
Labyrinth is an international ejournal of feminist thinking in philosophy, the arts and culture. Primarily in English, French and German, the journal consists of special issues devoted to one topic, such as the work of Simone de Beauvoir, or the relationship between philosophy and theology. As such, Labyrinth is able to publish writing on topics as diverse as the politics of biography and the feminist readings of the work of Paul Ricoeurs. Beautifully produced, Labyrinth offers an interchange of feminist thinking in a variety of disciplines. It will be of interest to anyone working in literature or philosophy. Unfortunately the site has not been updated in recent years and the volume on Simone de Beauvoir is no longer available, although there is a promise to reinstate it elsewhere. The remaining two volumes, however, are still of value to users.
Nandina Das, University of Cambridge, maintains this website dedicated to the life and works of the English poet Lady Mary Wroth (1587?-1651?). Wroth was the niece of Sir Philip Sidney and, as well as performing in several Jacobean court masques, she wrote the first original work of prose fiction in English, by a woman, 'The Countesse of Montgomerie's Urania'. The site features: the poet's biography, links to electronic services providing etexts of Wroth's works, and other relevant online resources; a complete primary and secondary bibliography; a list of suggested basic background reading; images from texts featuring dedications to Wroth, and even one of Wroth's coat of arms from Henry Peacham's 'The Compleat Gentleman' (1622). The site offers a useful search facility and a text only version is also provided.
The Language and Gender Page is a valuable source of information on the study of language and gender, an expanding interdisciplinary field of research related to areas such as anthropology; cultural studies; education; ethnic studies; linguistics; literary studies; psychology; sociology; and women's studies. The site offers a rich selection of research and teaching materials and online discussion lists; the names of people working in the area of language and gender, as well as their email addresses or web pages; organisations and societies dedicated to the study of language and gender; a conference calendar and calls for papers; and publications where materials on language and gender can be found or published.The site will be of use to students, scholars, and interested laypersons who need to orient themselves in the ever-expanding body of work done in language and gender. At the time of review the site had not been updated since 2004.
This resource consists of letters written by Dorothy Moore, a mid-seventeenth century intellectual who held a significant role in religious, political, scientific and educational change in the period 1635-1661. It attempts to gather into one place her letters in order to provide an insight into women's work in the commonwealth period, and into developments in rhetorical communication. This resource is available via the Oxford Text Archive (OTA) website, as a downloadable Microsoft Word file. It is necessary to apply for approval from the OTA before download, and a link is provided to the terms and conditions of use, and a form to apply for permission.
'Mslexia' is a high quality hard copy magazine aimed at women who write, from professionals to complete beginners. Its aim is 'to tell you all you need to know about exploring your creativity and getting into print'. The magazine's website is a useful resource for writers as it provides details of the magazine's submission guidelines, current calls for material and other writing projects, as well as subscription information. It also includes extracts of writing from the current issue and full samples of archive material. The writing is of a consistently high standard and each issue has a theme which may be found well in advance on the website. Recent themes have included 'God', 'Dogs', 'Shoes', 'Horror' and 'Ice' and selections from material submitted for the feature magazine are made by guest editors, who have included Hilary Mantel, Fay Weldon, Michele Williams and Muriel Gray. The presentation of the website, like that of the magazine, is of a very high standard, it is straightforward to navigate and has a large amount of sensible, practical and inspirational content.
'New Femininities: Post-Feminism and Sexual Citizenship' is a website that contains details of six Economic and Social Research Council -funded research seminars, held in the UK during 2006 and 2007. The website has abstracts of all presentations, and also has full-text PDF copies of several papers likely to interest those in the arts and humanities. These papers include: "Having it all (again)?" (on the readership of "popular magazines, chick lit and the UK zine 'The F-Word'"); '"Just a book", she said…' : reconfiguring ethnography for the female readers of sexual fiction"; "'Psycho Men Slayers' - Illegitimate, Monstrous & Out There: female Quake clans and inappropriate pleasures." (on female videogame players); and "Demon power girl: regimes of form and force in videogame versions of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Primal". This website will be useful for those seeking free examples of current post-feminist media studies research in the UK.
'Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies' is a full-text online ejournal. The menu navigation uses Flash, and so any Flash-blocking software will need to be disabled in order to use the website. At January 2009 there are ten issues online, with articles in HTML format. Two issues are themed, as: 'Disability and the Body in Nineteenth-Century Britain'; and 'The New Woman and Sexuality'. Example article titles include: 'Fanged Desire: the New Woman and the Monster'; 'Sexing the Aesthete: the Autobiography and Apostasy of Edmund Gosse'; and 'Reader, Beware: Images of Victorian Women and Books', among others. The website also has details of the Editorial Board and submission procedures.
This is the free ebooks page of the Ohio University Press. The page offers the full-text of four non-fiction history books, for free download as PDF ebooks. All the books are about aspects of British history, and no registration is required before access. The titles are: 'Music Hall and Modernity: The Late-Victorian Discovery of Popular Culture'; 'The Wake of Wellington: Englishness in 1852'; 'Bleak Houses: Marital Violence in Victorian Fiction'; and 'The Cut of His Coat: Men, Dress, and Consumer Culture in Britain, 1860-1914'. These books may be useful sources for those researching aspects of gender, masculinity, and popular culture during the second half of the 19th century, and will be useful additions to the electronic holdings of many university libraries.
This is the website of the online database 'Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles, from the beginnings to the present'. The project was inspired by Virginia Woolf's important contribution to the promotion of women's writing. A product of over ten years of collaboration between participants from universities in Canada, the United States, Australia and England, this comprehensive database provides 'biographical and critical information on more than 1000 writers, together with entries on literary and historical events'. It is intended for use by under graduate and post graduate students, as well as academic researchers and lecturers. In general, this chronology documents salient events from the early medieval period to the present, providing information on such writers as, Mary Astell, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Helen Maria Williams, Margaret Oliphant, Virginia Woolf and Vera Brittain. Advanced search tools allow the users 'to create their own timelines by name, date, place', etc, and to 'exploit the rich tagging underlying the database'. Users will notice, however, that access to these resources is available only to subscribers. Further details regarding the Orlando project can be found at its information website maintained by the University of Alberta. This latter resource is linked through the 'Project Editors' page, and it includes information on the three volumes of literary history which are going to be published in 2010, as well as bibliographical details of an impressive collection of hundreds of collaboratively written biographical and critical documents on British women writers.
Other Women's Voices is a website offering information about, excerpts from, and links to the work of well over a hundred women writers, dating from ca. 2200 BCE to the end of the 17th century. The majority of the works covered, though not all, have a religious theme; the writers are as diverse as Sappho, Eloise, Lady Nijo, Teresa of Avila, and Elisabeth, Princess Palatine. For each writer, the site includes brief biographical information, links to online editions of the works, bibliographical details of texts not available online, selected quotations (often substantial), and information about secondary sources. The links to online resources are carefully chosen and well annotated. Both chronological and alphabetical indexes are available. This well-maintained site (remarkably few broken links for so extensive a project) is the work of retired college teacher Dorothy Disse.
This resource is an online video of a lecture (1hr 24mins) given in 2007 as the annual Schlesinger Lecture at Harvard University in the U.S.A. The title is "Out of the Gutter: Contemporary Graphic Novels by Women", delivered by Hillary Chute, of the Harvard University Society of Fellows. The video is freely presented online, in the Real format. Viewers may wish to install and use the Real Alternative player, instead of the intrusive official Real Player software. The lecture disusses autobiographical women's comics such as: 'Persepolis' and Fun Home' and also surveys the works of... "Lynda Barry, Phoebe Gloeckner, and Aline Kominsky-Crumb".
This is the website of Pretty/Scary, a website dedicated to the study of women in horror films and literature. It was created in July 2004 and its run by enthusiasts Heidi Martinuzzi, Mary Goff and Bryan Bloodsoaker. The aim of Pretty/Scary is to provide women in horror a platform to showcase their work and meet other like-minded individuals. The website contains current news, details of events, film festivals and conventions, film reviews, interviews with actresses and writers and other information about women in the genre. There is a section on science fiction and dark fantasy. There is a section on essays with titles such as ‘a brief history of black women in horror films’ and ‘The horror of feminism’. There is some adult content on the website.
The Raising Rebels website was published by the Special Collections Research Center at the Syracuse University Library to accompany an exhibition held from 15 June to 17 August, 2007. The exhibition was about children's literature that explored the lives of American children in relation to class, race and gender. The exhibition featured "biographies of radical activists, as well as the Young World Books series issued by International Publishers, an organ of the Communist Party of the United States of America. Also included are children's books with feminist, labor, multicultural, pacifist, and racial themes." The website provides digitised images of book covers from the center's collection, including a selection from the Lois Lenski collection. The introduction provides background information to the exhibition. It is also possible to view a Windows Media Player video of a lecture, presented by Julia Mickenberg of the University of Texas at Austin and Philip Nel of Kansas State University, which discusses the history of radical children's literature in the United States and relationship to the larger history of radical politics.
This is the home page of the black American poet and Pulitzer Prize winner, Rita Dove. Dove was the American Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995 and is now Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Her works include 'Thomas and Beulah', a collection of interrelated poems loosely based on her grandparents' life, and the verse drama 'The Darker Face of the Earth'. The website contains a page of 'Comprehensive Biography' and a collection of links to interviews with the author and reviews of her work. The section 'Read' offers samples of her poetry and other texts. There is also a photo album with pictures of Dove since childhood; a German translation of 'The Darker Face of the Earth' available in PDF format; and an article by Walt Harrington about Dove's creative process, 'The Shape of Her Dreaming'. Links to other sites about Rita Dove or her husband, the writer Fred Viebahn are also provided. The page includes as well a short bibliography of scholarly publications about Dove's poetry.
The online resource Sarah Waters presents the works and a literary profile of this contemporary British writer. It is the author's official website created by her publisher Virago Press. The website includes bibliographical information, a short biographical note, news about latest publications, an interview with the author, as well as her contact details, links to reviews, other interviews and book excerpts. Sarah Waters debuted in 1998 with her best-selling novel 'Tipping the Velvet' which earned her critical acclaim (recipient of the 1999 Betty Trask Award and many others) and won her a wide readership. Her works have received a continuous scholarly and critical attention ever since. The novels of Sarah Waters are praised for their Dickensian fidelity to detail and intricate plots. Scholarly and academic interest in her works has also been provoked by their engagement with the burning issues of sexuality, gender identity, and historical representations of lesbian culture, particularly in the context of Victorian England. In fact, the very presence of the resource publisher Virago Press is enough to associate Waters' writing with the tradition of feminism. For years Virago has been famed for promoting women novelists, their authors including: Margaret Atwood; Angela Carter; and Maya Angelou. A serious drawback of this resource, however, is the lack of critical perspective on the books it introduces. Despite its commercial character this website is commendable to students, general readers and researchers, as it provides important information on the author and is the most comprehensive online resource presenting the literary worlds of Sarah Waters.
Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period is a subscription service providing an anthology of primary texts along with selected secondary works. The database contains: 60 volumes of Romantic poetry by 47 separate poets; extensive contemporary critical reviews; specially commissioned essays by leading scholars; and lists of links to related websites. Researchers at subscribing institutions may browse the database by author, work, or secondary essay, or locate material with a flexible search engine. Non-subscribers may view some of the critical pieces free of charge. An introductory essay, discussing the unwarranted neglect of Scottish women poets, is also accessible to all.
The Scribbling Women site is an online resource for teaching American women's literature which is maintained by the Public Media Foundation. It provides access to a collection of audio dramatisations of plays and stories by leading American women writers of the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries. They include works by Rebecca Harding Davis; Louisa May Alcott; Mary E. Wilkins Freeman; Willa Cather; Charlotte Perkins Giman; Harriet Jacobs; Caroline Kiekland and Susan Glaspell. Also accessible are a wealth of associated teaching materials. They include biographies of the authors; summaries of their historical and literary contexts; suggestions for futher reading and lesson plans. Newsletters of forthcoming additions to the site are also available.
Selected Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance, created by Jill Diesman, is a bibliographic resource dedicated to a group of American women writers from the period of the flowering of African American intellectual life during the 1920s and 1930s, called the Harlem Renaissance: Gwendolyn B. Bennett, Marion Vera Cuthbert, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Jesse Redmon Fauset, Angelina W. Grimke, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larson, Esther Popel, Anne Spencer, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. The website lists primary and secondary bibliography for each author. Additional links are provided to resources exploring the cultural background and history of the Harlem Renaissance. Altogether, the site is a useful source of references to the works, and accompanying scholarship, for this unique group of artists. It will be of use to students and researchers.
Anecdotal in character, and without any pretence to academic criticism, this online resource focuses on the motifs of gender and sexuality, as it explores various Western narratives, ranging from the biblical story of Adam and Eve, Homer's adventures, and the marital anxieties of Jane Austen to Kama Sutra and erotic tales by Anais Nin. Abounding in illustrations of relevant personae and places, i.e.: photographs of Austen's suitor, the author herself, her house, desk and a snapshot of Bath Georgian architecture, as well as listing numerous historical and biographical facts that are relevant to particular stories, it is an intelligent and entertaining read, and it can be of interest to students and explorers of Western culture and literature.
'Shakespeare and His Critics' is a website that offers a series of: historical essays; bibliographies; presentations; poems; and sonnets relating to Shakespeare, which have been transcribed and edited, and occasionally written by Thomas Larque, a student at the University of Kent, Canterbury. The documents include: an essay written by 19th century actress, Helena Faucit on Ophelia; an Ophelia bibliography by Larque; an essay about 'Hamlet' by William Hazlitt, first published in 1817; two short pieces on 'Hamlet' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge; William Richardson's essay 'On Shakespeare's imitation of female characters' first published in 1788; and Samuel Daniel's 'Delia' and 'The complaint of Rosamund' - a series of sonnets and a narrative poem that are said to have influenced Shakespeare's writing, especially his sonnets. The site is simply designed, with the resources listed on the front page under themed headings. This site would be of interest to students of English literature or theatre history.
'The Sickly Taper: A Bibliography of Gothic Scholarship' is a website created by Fred Frank, Professor Emeritus of English at the Allegheny College, Pennsylvania. The resource features a comprehensive selection of scholarly articles on various aspects of Gothic literature and art. This selection can be found in the section 'Bibliographies' which organises the material into five main categories: A-Z by Author; Anthologies of Gothic Literature (selected); American Gothic; Canadian Gothic; English/Irish/Scottish Gothic; Female Gothic (forthcoming; Gothic Film Criticism; Research and Reference Guides; Special Subject Areas. Works included in each category appear as a straightforward alphabetical listing of authors. Although the database is not searchable by key words or titles, the search in two of its categories can be narrowed down. 'English/Irish/Scottish Gothic' is sub-divided into 'Classic Era', 'Victorian' and 'Twentieth Century'. 'Special Subject Areas' can be browsed by 'The Double and the Doppelgaenger', 'Miscellaneous Subject Areas', 'National Gothics', 'Special Gothic Collections', 'Vampirism' and 'Werewolfery'. Relevant sections list publications on a large number of authors, covering a time frame from Ann Radcliffe to Angela Carter. These may be available in hard copy or online. For print publications, full bibliographic details are provided. The site also provides information about its editors, including contact details, and a page of links to related online resources, such as the International Gothic Association (IGA) or Gothic Materials for Study at the University of Virginia. This website will be of interest to students and researchers of Gothic fiction across the genre, from Horace Walpole to Stephen King.
Sneja Gunew is Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her interests are related to postcolonial, multicultural and feminist critical theory and cultural policy. Sneja Gunew has published widely on a number of multicultural and feminist topics, edited and co-edited anthologies of Australian women's multicultural writings and feminist criticism. Some of her articles are available online. The site also gives access to current projects, courses taught, and the full-text of Sneja Gunew's monograph, Framing Marginality: Multicultural Literary Studies (1994). The site will be of interest to students and researchers working on multicultural, postcolonial and feminist theories.
Although somewhat limited in the questions it poses, and therefore only partly suited for undergraduate use, this chapter-by-chapter study guide for Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' will certainly be of great help to those studying for their A levels, as it brings to the reader's attention the main narrative and stylistic issues associated with this novel. This website also provides a brief but useful overview of mid-20th-century women's issues from both a general historical and a feminist perspective, and makes explicit a significant number of the many biblical references that are present in this book. Unfortunately the link it provides to a searchable electronic edition of the Bible is broken. The guide itself is accompanied by a short document detailing the terms and conditions of use, by a list of study guides by the same author, an annotated Science Fiction research bibliography, and a link to the Feminist Science Fiction, Fantasy and Utopia website.
Sublime Anxiety : the Gothic Family and the Outsider is an online exhibition hosted by the University of Virginia, which offers useful visual and textual information for students and researchers studying Gothic literature. A dramatic home page invites visitors to enter the exhibition and the impression of a virtual gallery is maintained by a second page of visual icons leading to each section. An introduction by curator Natalie Regensburg gives a helpful overview of Gothic literature and images. The different elements of the exhibition come under headings which include: Northanger Canon (information and images of the title pages from the ten Gothic novels Jane Austen mentions in her novel "Northanger Abbey"); Chapbooks (the small inexpensive pamphlet version of texts that were published, the Gothic series being one of the most popular kind); Women and the Gothic; The Shelleys and their Circle; The Rice Phenomenon (drawing on the work of Anne Rice). You can find information on the Bronte sisters, Arthur Conan Doyle and the detective genre, as well as monsters other than Frankenstein's monster, such as vampires, witches, and ghosts. Each icon leads to a collection of images of and from publications under this heading, with commentary on their place in the development of the genre and the publishing history of each text. While the primary focus of the exhibition is eighteenth and nineteenth century Gothic, a short feature on twentieth-century writer Edward Gorey completes the collection. This exhibition is user-friendly and contains visual material which helps to contextualise the Gothic novels and stories, while providing useful background information and commentary.
This site, authored by Warren Hedges of South Oregon University, lists and describes the varieties of modern feminism. The site includes brief sketches of the following feminisms: liberal feminism; cultural feminism; seperatism; French feminism; psychonanalytic feminism; materialist feminism; the anti-pornography movement; pro-porn feminism; queer theory; radical feminism. The French feminism section, for example, explains its relationship to post-structuralism, notes the names of important figures (such as Kristeva, Cixous, and Irigaray), provides useful links for further research, and a bibliography. The site dates from 1996 and has not been updated at the time of review and many links lead to empty pages.
'The Transatlantic 1790s' is database-backed site devoted to the literature and culture of the late eighteenth century, primarily in Britain and the United States. Of use to literature and history researchers up to undergraduate level, it is divided into three main sections, namely 'Projects', 'Bibliography' and 'Chronology'. Within the 'Projects' section are a collection of studies undertaken by the student researchers who designed and wrote the site, with details of the texts used as the focus of the research, a select bibliography and relevant further reading suggestions. The projects include 'Revolutionary Nuptials', which considers the changing nature of marriage under the influence of feminism, 'Conversations in Politics', a study of the views of Thomas Paine on democracy and religion, and 'Gothic Narratives' which explores the function of narrative in 'Edgar Huntley' by Charles Brockden Brown, 'Caleb Williams' by William Godwin, and 'The Italian' by Ann Radcliffe. The 'Bibliography' section is a database of critical works about or relating to the literature and culture of the 1790s. It is searchable by year, author or keyword. This is a developing feature of the site and suggestions for further texts to be included are invited. The 'Chronology' is also searchable by year, category or keyword, and may be customized to generate a chronology of the period according to particular research interests. This is a well-organised and presented site, with valuable practical features, as well as the useful content of the various projects.
This online resource is the official website of Transita Publishing, whose books are aimed primarily at mature women of over 45 years of age, who make up 40 per cent of the UK population, but are, according to this site, under-represented as writers and readers. The website also hosts 'Transita World', a fast-growing online community of women interested in writing and reading. This resource may, therefore, be of particular use to creative writing and literature students who return to learning after a break. Free registration is offered to allow access to online forums, discussions and 'author appearances', as well as special offers, discounts and competition entries. Transita's website also previews forthcoming publications, and showcases one new work in detail each month. For each book presented here, there is a synopsis and an extract available in PDF format. There is also a featured Transita author each month. Submission guidelines are included for contemporary fiction which reflects the lives and perceived concerns of women in the 45-75 years age bracket. This website is positive and enthusiastic, and it offers good visuals of its publications, suggesting a high standard. It is an interesting and user-friendly resource.
Twelve Websites on Julian of Norwich is an online resource that makes an immense amount of valuable information available to students and scholars interested in this medieval Anchorite or any aspect of women's lives in the later Middle Ages. Directed by Julia Bolton Holloway, these pages offer a comprehensive introduction to Julian's spiritual and often mystical text, the 'Showing of Love' (also known as the 'Showings' or as 'Revelations of Divine Love'. Contained within are many images and analyses of original manuscript folios, partial transcriptions of the text, and essays. Users will also find many other related Web pages dedicated to the cloister in which Julian lived and the materials to which we suppose she had access. In addition, some resources on the medieval woman's relationship to the Bible are provided, plus information on medieval mystics and theologians who lived both before and after Julian. Special attention is paid to St. Birgitta of Sweden: the complete Latin text of her 'Revelaciones' plus Thomas Gascoine's 'Life of St Birgitta' are included. A Google search utility enables the user to overcome any difficulties in navigating this intricate and colourfully presented website. Lecturers may welcome the wide variety of manuscript images and details on the development of the 'Showing' itself.
The Undergraduate Victorian Studies Online Teaching Anthology is a digital project of the Electronic Text Research Center, part of the University of Minnesota Libraries, that brings together a significant collection of primary texts, short biographies of the featured authors, a selected bibliography of Victorian Studies, a directory of online image repositories, a detailed list of bibliographic tools, and several links to other Victorian Text Projects and Victorian Studies sites. The primary texts in the anthology come mainly from Victorian periodicals such as 'The Fortnightly Review', 'The Edinburgh Review', 'The English Woman's Journal', and 'Cornhill Magazine'. They will be of interest to both the researcher and the academic looking for classroom material organised around their three main themes: The Condition of Women; Empire; and Science, Evolution, Eugenics.
Voices From the Gaps: Women Artists and Writers of Color is an online database containing a diverse body of information on North American women artists and writers of colour. The database, a cross-faculty project established at the University of Minnesota, covers a significant number of writers and artists of all ethnic backgrounds - Native American, African American, Latin American, Arab American, First Nations Canadian, and so on, offering detailed biographies, bibliographies, and related links. Whilst the site's current strengths are African American and Native American writers, and its Canadian section is token to say the least, the database is ongoing, and open to contributions from students and scholars alike. Usefully, the site contains guides on how to use the resource in the classroom. Overall it provides a comprehensive research and resource tool for students and teachers of minority American literatures. The site coordinators also offer an invaluable note for educators, as well as downloadable guides for usage of the site in the classroom.
This is a website on 'Victorian women writers: a guide to electronic texts', containing electronic texts of many major and lesser known 19th-century women writers. The website features a useful introduction outlining the advantages and disadvantages of electronic texts and their usage. The texts are arranged alphabetically by author's surname and the range of authors represented is comprehensive. The website also features an annotated list of links to major e-text archives. Some of the e-texts are reached more directly than others (some require going through two links rather than one) but all of the texts are accessible. There is also a bibliography on topics relevant to the website, for example Victorian literature, women authors and the use of computers as a research tool.
The Victorian Women Writers project aims to provide access to highly accurate transcriptions of works from British women writers from the nineteenth century. The project aims to encode all its texts using Standard Generalised Markup Language (SGML) according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines. Further information about the project and SGML and TEI are available from the site. The site provides access to a wide variety of material by over 40 writers; this material includes anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts and children's books. All works can be viewed as HTML or SGML files or can be downloaded. Full bibliographical details are provided for each item. The works can be browsed alphabetically by author. It is also possible to search the site by carrying out either a simple keyword search or a boolean search. The site also has a list of works currently available and a list of those currently under preparation.
'Virtual World of Girls' is subtitled: "an ebook about girl power, girls' school stories and the future of reading in an electronic age", and was created by the British artist and disability arts consultant Ju Gosling. The ebook was published online in 1998, and contains the following chapters: 'The History of Girls' School Stories'; 'The World of the Chalet School'; 'The Critics of Girls' School Stories'; 'The Parodies of Girls' School Stories'; 'The Fans of Girls' School Stories'; and 'The Significance of Girls' School Stories'. The book appears never to have been published in paper form. In addition to the main ebook there is a text on 'Researching & Creating Virtual Worlds of Girls' which provides a useful guide to resources in the field as they existed in the mid 1990s before the emergence of Girl Studies. The book is available to purchase in disk form, which also contains the documentary film 'The Chalet School Revisited' (1997).
'Visual Culture & Gender' is a peer-reviewed academic ejournal. It is published annually, and at January 2009 there are three issues freely available online. Example article titles include: 'A Commentary on Women Creating Spaces in Welsh Visual Culture'; 'Re-constructing Self within the Family: Re-building the Family Album'; 'The Role of Motherhood Symbols in the Conflict Imagery of Northern Ireland'; and 'Thank Heaven for Little Girls: Girls' Drawings as Representations of Self', among others. Articles are offered in PDF format. There are also videos, reviews, and 'visual essays' available at the website. The website has details of the editors, the VCG Review Board, and the submissions process.
The website "Women and Books : From the Sixteenth Century to the Suffragettes" has been adapted from an exhibition of the same title at the University of Glasgow. It features sections on: books written, translated, and compiled by women; books for, and about women; books owned, illustrated, or published by women; and books on women's education. This exhibition and website reminds us that women, although rarely prominent in the earlier period of publishing as authors, still had a role to play as: dedicatees; patrons; collectors; or readers of books. The books that were on display are accompanied by a paragraph of commentary and full bibliographical detail, with some excellent images of folios. There is also an interesting section on suffragette literature. This virtual exhibition would be of interest to those studying the history of the book, or involved in gender studies.
'Women and eighteenth-century English literature' is a two-part online checklist of works useful for the study of this topic. Part one is a Web page, on which entries are divided into sections including: bibliographies; anthologies; journals; and general reference materials. Some of the listed resources deal with colonial or pre-18th century materials. Part two of the resource is an annotated list of books and articles which can be downloaded in either Word or Rich Text format. The site is the work of Martin Maner of Wright State University, and the site links to his website.
Described as "a vital forum for discussion of gender and representation, "Women and Performance is a bi-annual non-profit journal, published from 1983 to 2005 by the Department of Performance Studies at New York University and from 2006 onwards by Routledge, Taylor & Francis. The website provides tables of contents for the journal and a list of archives. Regarding gender as performance - a social code choreographed by agents - the journal utilises all the latest methodologies in its analyses. However, Women and Performance does have a special interest in performance art, and many of the articles included investigate film, theatre or dance. The journal also contains writings about performance from "interdisciplinary feminist perspectives", bringing together the disciplines of ethnography, dance, theatre, performance studies, cinema studies and cultural studies to explore "emerging feminist critiques of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, technology and nation". Anyone working in literature, theory, feminism or culture will find Women and Performance invaluable.
This website presents an extensive bibliographic database of Irish women’s writing (in Irish and English) between 1800 and 2005. Database entries cover a wide range of items, including novels, articles, poems, travel writing, food writing, drama and memoirs. Biographical details are provided where available , including pseudonyms, and every known edition (with details of printer and publisher) of books, plays and films is recorded. The database is easy to use and can be searched and browsed. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
'Women Romantic-era writers' is a well-presented site offering a gateway of links to online texts by around 140 women writers of the romantic period. Each author featured on the page has a link to at least one e-text, and many also have links to related websites and critical commentaries. Most of the online texts are part of larger, University based, electronic document projects. The site also includes sections of links on: anthologies and annuals relating to romantic-era women writers; contemporary responses to the authors; electronic text archives which feature romantic-era women writers; information on contemporary culture; and other related websites. Writers featured include: Jane Austen; Elizabeth Beverley; Mary Hays; Charlotte Lennox; and Frances Sheridan. The extensive number of writers listed makes the site an important initial online guide to romantic-era women authors.
'Women Writers' is an award-winning online, biannual magazine dedicated to women's writing, both fictional and scholarly. The magazine makes all of its articles freely available as part of its aim "to provide independent, print-publication quality scholarship [..] on the Internet" and to make it "accessible to students of all levels". Among the resources available on the site are: critical articles; book reviews; fiction; interviews with women writers; and an extensive 'webliography' of printed texts on feminist theory. Submissions from writers are invited. Materials from previous issues are available and are achived according to whether they are creative or scholarly. Students of English and gender studies will find this an interesting and valuable resource.
Women Writers Project is an online collection of information on a research project based at Brown University to: collect; digitise; and make available texts by women authors from the early-modern period. The textbase is available by subscription only. However, the site includes extensive information about the process of digitising and encoding the texts (with SGML), including an extensive bibliography on text encoding and electronic editing. The online catalogue provides a full listing of the texts currently available together with full details about the source text. The Project also publishes a newsletter (available online) and collaborates with other like-minded projects.
This digitisation project: Women's travel writing 1830-1930, is maintained by Wilson Library's Electronic Text Research Center at the University of Minnesota, to help people researching nineteenth and early twentieth century women's travel writing. The project as such does no longer exist but the website is maintained for reference. The site includes women travelller's from and to the United States, as well as selected American and European women travellers to non-Western areas. This site us useful for many reasons. Firstly, it provides full electronic texts of many canonical women travel writers of this period, including Susan Fenimore Cooper's Rural hours (1848); Mary H. Kingsley's work of 1896; Mary Gaunt's Alone in West Africa; Amelia M. Murray's Letters from the United States, Cuba and Canada (1856); and Fanny Trollope's Domestic Manners of the Americans (1949 edition). Secondly, these electronic texts can be browsed by author, geographic area and various themes such as sea travel and women naturalists. Thirdly, a preliminary bibliographic survey of women's nineteenth century travel sources is also provided catalogued by author, as well as biographies of the main writers, images from the travel texts, maps, portraits and publication histories. Finally, the site provides a list of secondary studies on women's travel writing and a limited but useful list of annotated links to similar websites about women's writing and travel. This site is easy and efficient to use and would be useful to anyone studying and researching women's travel writing of the nineteenth century.
The Women's Writing for Performance website is an output of the Women's Writing for Performance Project, a three-year research programme (2003-2006) funded by the AHRC and led by Professors Elaine Aston and Geraldine Harris of the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University. The project sought to understand what strategies are employed by women in their writing practices and to analyse such strategies for their contestation of gender representation, through regularly convened practice-research events, undertaken in conjunction with international visits of the project leaders to archives and to practitioners. The website provides information about the project and its publications, including: Performing Words, a film of a four-day workshop with Gilly Adams and Geddy Aniksdal, held at Lancaster University from 29 March - 2 April 2004; and Split Britches, a film of a four-day workshop with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver (collectively known as Split Britches) at Lancaster University from 12 -15 January 2006. Both films can be viewed online using either RealPlayer or Windows Media Player; and both are stored with AHDS Performing Arts for preservation purposes.
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.