'Amaltea' is an academic research team at the Universidad Complutense (Madrid) dedicated to the study of the impact of myths in contemporary European literatures. By this the directors of the team mean any mythical narrative, image and symbol which has been reformulated; translated; and re-developed in different manners since the end of the 19th century across the continent. Myths may include: themes of Greek and Roman mythologies; medieval and modern characters and symbols (such as Don Juan; Fausto; and the Holy Grail); as well as recurrent topics and images in European intellectual history and representations of social configurations. The main activity organised by Amaltea is a monthly meeting during which a particular myth is discussed. Details of the current and past programmes can be accessed on the site. Those not residing in Madrid can, nonetheless, download the full text of all interventions (in Spanish only). A very good links section will further interest those researching the significance of myths in European literatures.
The Celtic Twilight: Legends of Camelot website is authored and published by an enthusiast of Arthurian legend, and the content requires a discerning eye. Despite numerous advertisements for books, the site offers an interesting collection of resources looking at both the historical facts and the creation of the legend of Camelot and King Arthur. Of most interest to those studying fifth and sixth-century Britain is the collection of transcribed primary sources, which includes the Annales Cambriae and Gildas' De Excidio Brittaniae et Conquestu. There is also a glossary of events and names connected to Arthur, and background information. The remaining content focuses on the creation of the myth of Arthur and Camelot, examining depictions in: art; film; comics; and literature.
'England have my bones' is a personal website devoted to the literary works of T.H. White, author of 'The Once and Future King'. The website has a full listing of White's books, with detailed summaries and notes. There is also a page that lists the author's unpublished works, and a useful 'T. H. White Bibliography'. There is an example of White's watercolour painting. There are links to external Web sites about White, including the 'T. H. White Yahoo e-group' discussion forum.
This website offers a short introduction to the AHRC-funded research network, ‘Filming and Performing Renaissance History 1500-1660’. The network brings together scholars interested in the representation of the renaissance through film and performance, investigating a corpus which includes history films, period television dramas, museum exhibitions, reenactments and theatre. Members have a wide range of backgrounds and the intention is to develop a truly interdisciplinary and nuanced approach to the understanding of the early modern era in popular consciousness. The website details the programme of symposia and a conference which will underpin the network during 2008-2009, although as befits a project which (at the time of writing) is in progress, there no reportage of these, nor, as yet, the project’s promised online database.
The Gunroom is a website for enthusiasts of the works of Patrick O'Brian (1914-2000), best remembered for his historical novels chronicling the naval adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. At the heart of the site is the Gunroom mailing list, which is well used but probably of little interest to students or scholars. The site also features: creative writing competitions; a news section; a list of links; and various other materials. The 'resources' section of the site provides the most useful original work, including: a searchable index of characters, ships, places, and other items appearing in O'Brian's works; an historical timeline contextualising the books' events within those of the Napoleonic Wars; a 'natural history' section illustrating some of the flora and fauna of the books; three nautical lexicons providing useful reference guides to 19th-century nautical terms; information on the ships that feature in the novels; and connections between the books and films (particularly the film 'Master and Commander'). Those researching O'Brian's works, or the historical novel as a genre, would find this collection of resources of interest.
This interview with the Dutch novelist and short story writer Michel Faber (1960- ) is published by January Magazine, an online arts journal edited by Linda L. Richards. The lengthy interview, conducted by Richards in November 2002, is preceded by a short biography and a review, by David Abrams, of Faber's remarkable novel, set in Victorian England, 'The Crimson Petal and the White' (Edinburgh: Canongate Books Ltd, 2002). It is concerned mostly about the writing of that novel which, apparently, evolved over a period of twenty years. Michel Faber was born in Holland, brought-up in Australia and now resides with his family in Scotland. He writes in English. Three stories from his first published collection 'Some Rain Must Fall' (1998) won awards. His first novel 'Under the Skin' appeared in 2000. 'The Crimson Petal and the White' , the book described by the Guardian reviewer as "the novel that Dickens might have written had he been allowed to speak freely", was followed by another volume of short stories: 'The Fahrenheit Twins' (2005).
'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 Romantic Novelists' Association was founded in 1960 for those who write and read romantic and historical fiction (traditionally the best selling and widest read novel genres). The RNA's website is a useful resource for aspiring romantic fiction writers, while the association itself welcomes: published and unpublished writers; agents; editors; publishing professionals; and others involved in literature development. The website gives full details of the association's schemes for promoting and encouraging good writing, including: high profile awards; the RNA New Writers' Scheme (an appraisal service coupled with membership of the RNA); and related events for members. The site also provides a list of author-members and their websites. The site is very straightforward to use and offers the option to join the association online.
Steampunk magazine is a fan magazine devoted to the steampunk literary genre, to steampunk crafts, and to neo-victorian clothing and grooming. It is available in print form, or online as a free full-text PDF journal. As of May 2007, two substantial issues are available for download. Notable articles in issue two include an interview with art robot maker I-Wei Huang (Crabfu Steamworks), and the article "A history of misapplied technology: exploring the history of the steampunk genre". The focus of Steampunk magazine is on literary steampunk rather than on steampunk in films, animations, comics or videogames. Short original fiction is also published. The magazine is licenced under a Creative Commons licence.