'The Association for Research in Popular Fictions' is a joint venture by Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool, and it aims to "offer a forum for research in popular fiction and to support the teaching and understanding of popular fiction in an interdisciplinary context". The website contains a long and detailed introduction to the Association, written by Nickianne Moody. There are details of the Association's newsletter and the peer-reviewed journal 'Diegesis'. The website has tables-of-contents for Diegesis, and details of how to obtain copies. A full-text copy of Diegesis No.7 (Special Horror Edition) is available from an external website. There are details of Association conferences, such as the 2007 "Popular Politics and Vampire stories: the appropriation of vampires in 21st century narratives" held in Liverpool. The Association also hosts several Web pages that offer details of the new Cultural Disability Studies Research Network (DSRN) and the DSRN journal 'Journal of Literary Disability'.
Asterisk* is the website of a research centre based at Shandy Hall, Coxwold, York, where Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) wrote 'The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman'. Both the centre and the site are intended to be places where "artists, technologists, academics and students engage[s] in narrative experiment and research." The website has an archive of past events going back to 2004, including music recitals, exhibitions and lectures, alongside a clear outline of the aims of Asterisk*. Links to relevant websites are provided.
This website commemorates the life and work of British science fiction writer Douglas Adams (1952-2001), author of the 'Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. It is maintained by his former agent Ed Victor in association with Douglas Adams.Com. It offers access to a biography of Adams and the full-text of a selection of his articles and short stories. Also available are recent press releases from his agents concerning the re-relase of publications and film rights. Links are provided to fan newsletters.
Early Stuart Libels is a Web edition of 17th-century political poetry from manuscript sources, edited by Alistair Bellany and Andrew McRae, for 'Early Modern Literary Studies'. The edition draws together a large collection of material that has not previously been available in the public domain. Most of the poems are forms of attack, whether witty, angry or humorous, but some are written in response to libels and aim to support the orthodox position. The collection is easy to navigate, and the poems offer a valuable insight into literary and political culture from the beginning of the reign of James I to the outbreak of the Civil War. Details are given of editorial principles and technical considerations. The edition is available from the project website as a full PDF or zipped hypertext version, and a zipped version can also be downloaded from the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) website.
The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies is a full-text peer-reviewed ejournal published by the University of Iowa. As of June 2007, the website contains seven substantial themed back issues, on topics such as 'comics', 'extreme mainstream' and 'suburbia'. Back issues are freely available online in full-text form. There are also details and a sample essay from the current issue, which is available only in print form. The website has details of the editors, staff and Advisory Boards. There are details of subscription costs for the print version of the journal, which is published twice a year.
'Joe Orton Online' is a substantial and well-designed website that celebrates and explores the life and work of British playwright Joe Orton (1933-1967). This website is illustrated and contains scholarly materials such as a timeline, a large photo gallery that includes the photomontage-altered library books, an illustrated biography including details of the novels, details of all the plays, and details of the fifteen scholars who have so far contributed to the website. The website has been published with the support of the Orton Estate.
John Hegley's Word Wild Web Site provides an introduction to the work of British comic poet John Hegley (1953-). The website: promotes Hegley's tours; advertises his collections of poetry; and provides some samples of his oeuvre, as well as linking to Hegley interviews and poetry-related sites. This is an amusing website, although not strong on scholarly material.
'The Looking Glass: New Perspectives on Children's Literature' is a full-text scholarly ejournal. At January 2008, there are 30 issues online. The journal is being published online through the La Trobe University institutional repository. The focus is on literature in English and in translation, but some notable feature films are covered. For instance, the special 'Japan' issue (Vol.10, No.2) had the article "Walking Along With Nature: A Psychological Interpretation of My Neighbor Totoro". Articles that appear in the 'Alice's Academy' section of the journal are peer-reviewed. The journal also contains news of events, publications and useful 'snippets' of information. Users are invited to register, for email notification of new issues.
'Lucky Jim' is the website to accompany the Public Broadcasting Service's showing of the 2003 television adaptation of Kingsley Amis's novel 'Lucky Jim'. The novel is a tells the story of a hapless academic's chaotic social, professional and sexual life. The site provides information about the film, including: cast; credits; pictures; and clips, as well as a short biography of Amis. Possibly the most interesting section for budding screenwriters is the section on how the novel was turned into a film, illustrated by a comparison of a section of the novel and the script. Students of film and television, as well as English literature and creative writing may find this resource of interest.
'The Oxford Companion to English Literature', is a full text reference source, offered online by eNotes. The version offered appears to be the full version of the 6th Edition edited by Margaret Drabble, dating from 2000 and containing over 8,300 entries presented in a simple A-Z manner. It can also be searched by keyword. The Companion offers short author biographies, summaries of stories, novels and poems, and outline descriptions of various movements and genres in literature. No user registration appears to be required to use this resource, but only part of entries is available free. For full access to the content of the Companion a monthly or annual fee is required; access is in plain HTML format.
The P. G. Wodehouse Society (UK) website promotes and celebrates the writings of the "greatest humorous writer in the history of the English language". Wodehouse is probably best known for his series of novels about Bertie Wooster and his Butler, Jeeves, although he also wrote: plays; libretti; lyrics; over 300 short stories; and published over 70 novels in total. The Society provides its members with: information sheets; news circulars; discounts on commercially published materials; and Wodehouse-related activities on a local basis. The website also provides the texts of the Society's detailed information sheets detailing Wodehouse's various publications (themed by type of publication). News of upcoming events is also provided, along with reports of recent meetings, many of which seem to involve cricket matches and pig racing. There is a weekly quiz for Wodehouse aficionados. Full membership details are provided on the site, and there is a list of links to other Wodehouse societies around the world. There is a separate section devoted to the wartime controversy - Wodehouse found himself resident in occupied France in the 1940s. The Society defends Wodehouse against rumours of complicity. This site would be of interest both to students studying Wodehouse and fans wanting to know more about the author.
The Restoration Comedy Project is a significant undertaking to catalogue all English comedies of the Restoration period (1660 until 1718). The database will include plot summaries as well as standard bibliographic information, cast lists, descriptions of prologues and epilogues, and information about allusions to contemporary events. The project does not encompass the online publication of the full-texts of the plays, although where full-texts have been made available elsewhere on the Internet a link is provided. The project team are, however, engaged in editing print editions of some otherwise hard-to-find plays of the period. The plays may be listed by author name or by date of premier. The initial long table of plays gives dates of performance and publication, author, title, and the playhouse at which each was staged. Those plays that have been fully described by the project have an icon associated with them. Clicking on this takes the user to a PDF document, usually three to five printed pages in length, containing the more detailed bibliographical information and a plot summary. A list of links to related websites is included. Although still very much work in progress as of 2005, this site shows a lot of promise, and should become a significant resource for those studying English drama and the history of comedy.
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.
In the website “Theorizing Satire: A Bibliography”, Brian A. Connery, Associate Professor of English at Oakland University, provides an online bibliography of critical works on satire and satirical writing. The bibliography contains a contents page and focuses on works that treat satire generically rather than concentrating upon individual works. An extensive amount of bibliographical material is listed and a diverse range of historical periods (classical, medieval and beyond) and national literatures (mostly Roman, British and American) are encompassed. An index of categories is provided with links to the relevant bibliographical material. None of the material catalogued appears to be available online, but this resource is nonetheless of use to anyone studying or researching satire in almost any of its numerous forms.
Thomas and Jane Carlyle's Craigenputtock is a website devoted to the life and estate of Scottish nineteenth-century satirist and historian Thomas Carlyle and his wife. The site is the work of the Carlyle Craigenputtock Circle (CCC), a non-profit organisation devoted to the study and promotion of the Carlyle's lives at Craigenputtock and the preservation of the estate. The site provides: a brief biography of Thomas Carlyle; images and description of the Craigenputtock house and estate; information on the CCC and its work; and a number of links relating to Carlyle and his works. This resource would interest anyone studying nineteenth-century English or Scottish literature.
'The Tristram Shandy Web consists of a number of online resources, including a hypertext version of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, by Lawrence Sterne (1713-1768). The text itself is taken from the third and first editions of the book, and laid out as it was in the original print versions. Other resources on the website are divided into categorised sub-sections via which users may broaden their appreciation of the text. These include pages devoted specifically to: Sterne; the novel; context; language and rhetoric; arts; and media. Each of these provides: online essays (some in Italian); links to other Web resources; bibliographies; and images. This is an excellent resource that should appeal to both undergraduates and scholars studying Tristram Shandy. The website also includes digital versions of other contemporary texts, including William Hogarth's 'The Analysis of Beauty'.
The Alpha and Omega Wodehouse Portal is sponsored by The Wodehouse Society (an American organisation) and devoted to the author behind the Jeeves and Wooster novels. The website is divided into a number of sections, covering topics including: information about The Wodehouse Society; biographical and literary pages on the author; and details of Wodehouse Society conventions and conferences. Of particular interest is the section that attempts to clear Wodehouse of sympathising with the Nazis. The site is very basic and brief, but contains useful links to other Wodehouse resources, as well as the worldwide Wodehouse community.
'Word Ways' is a full-text ejournal, on the novel topic of word-play, word-puzzles and... "palindromes, word games, magic, unusual lists". Issues published more than two years ago are free to access online, but more recent issues are subscription-only. At April 2009 the journal has 42 issues online, about 38 of which are free to access. Each issue contains about 25 short papers, presented in PDF format. The website has full details of the editors, Editorial Board, and the submissions process. Users can also set up custom email alerts and RSS newsfeeds. There is a keyword search facility. This is a unique journal which may be of interest to calligraphic artists, book artists, those in game studies, students of English language, and perhaps also linguists.