The 'American Women's Dime Novel Project' covers the history of dime novels for women in the U.S., from 1870 until 1920. The project is a scholarly one, and is run by Felicia L. Carr at George Mason University. The project website has 13 biographies of authors of cheap 'dime' fiction - including Charlotte M. Brame, a British author who wrote working-class love stories. There are profiles of publishers, and details of their titles. The website has a gallery of about 40 front covers, and external links to more online cover galleries at Syracuse University Library. There is an outline of the Dime Novel project, details of the primary materials being used, and a list of archives that are known to hold relevant special collections.
'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'.
'BookScans' is a free online image bank of over 21,000 scans of pulp fiction artwork, mostly the front and back covers of these cheap mass-market paperbacks. The website has been created by the collector Bruce Black with the aid of a network of other collectors and dealers, and the focus is on pulp fiction from the U.S., published from 1939 until 1959. The aim is to create a complete database of all published cover art. Images are presented at a uniform size throughout, 350 x 400 pixels. Most pulp artists worked anonymously, so the database is organised by publisher. Details of the publisher and its products are given on each index page. There are also galleries of publisher brand logos, and other themed selections created by the website author. The bulk of the website is devoted to the database of thousands of images, but there are also two short full-text articles, 'Censorship in the Paperback Age' and 'Things That Are Wrong with Vintage Paperback Books' (an overview of some conservation issues). The page titled 'Reference Books' is also very useful, containing a very comprehensive selection of bibliographic books and magazines published to aid collectors and dealers. Histories of the form are also listed here. As of July 2007, the website is being actively and regularly updated. The website appears to be funded by the sales of a $10 DVD containing all the images.
The 'Golden Age Romance Comics Archive' aims to be "a resource for scholars and fans interested in golden era romance comics, containing full scans of issues." The comics shown here date from 1949 to 1960, although the Golden Age is usually said to be 1933-1954. There are about 35 examples of the front covers of romance comics, presented as large scans. There is also a complete readable online romance comic, Girls' Romances No. 53, April-May 1953. The website has a short discussion of the genre, details of methods used for scanning, a copy of the author's project proposal, and a small selection of useful external links.
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.
LibriVox is the website of an open volunteer-run project that aims to "make all public domain books available as free audio books". As of May 2007, there appears to be over 600 audio books available, for download as either standard MP3 or OGG audio files. Complete audio books can be downloaded in a standard Windows ZIP file, or individual chapters can be downloaded via a direct link to the relevant audio file. Some books are read by different people for different chapters. All recordings are placed in the public domain, and may be used for any use including commercial uses.
'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.
'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.
Paradoxa is a hard copy academic journal which publishes articles on genre literature, including: science fiction; children's literature; horror; romance; and westerns. The journal is interested in 'written, oral, drawn or designed' versions of genre literature and offers a resource for research in popular fiction, media or cultural studies. The Paradoxa website provides various: articles; essays; and extracts from the hard copy journal. A full contents page for each themed journal is provided, with themes including: 'Cities of the Future'; 'The Western'; 'Where's Love Gone? Transformations in the Romance Genre'; and 'Metafictions: Stories of Reading'. One of the journal's selling points is the active participation of genre authors, as is the way in which it challenges perceived ideas of how literature is classified. The website gives a flavour of the full hard-copy version, and is straightforward to use.
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.
'Tales from the Vault!' is an online exhibition of visual material from Libraries and Archives Canada, and it is drawn from "one of the very few known pulp magazine holdings in Canada". There are nine sections, eight with a scholarly text and large clear scans of pulp front covers. There is also a discussion of the effects of the pulps on contemporary culture. There is a Flash-based gallery of front covers, which has the ability to zoom in to see a reasonable amount of detail. The website has six full-text 'facsimile' magazines that can be read online. There is a very short bibliography. The website is also available in French.
This website is dedicated to the life and work of Scottish poet, journalist and editor William Sharp (1855-1905), and his carefully constructed alter-ego, romance writer Fiona Macleod. The first two sections, one dedicated to a brief biographical sketch and the other to an electronic archive of letters, are already operational; they are to be followed by a section devoted to bibliography and one devoted to selected works.The biographical section is focused on the life of William Sharp and on the genesis and development of the character of Fiona Macleod. The Letters section aims to become a comprehensive resource of annotated transcriptions of letters written by William Sharp (both in his name and in that of Fiona) to be found in various libraries and private collections around the world. The archive material, which has been given a unified format, is arranged chronologically and will eventually cover the entire period between 1877 and 1907.