This exhibition looks at the world from which Mary Shelley came, at how popular culture has embraced the Frankenstein story, and at how Shelley's creation continues to illuminate the blurred, uncertain boundaries of what we consider "acceptable" science.
"This exhibition is a collaboration between the Bodleian Libraries and the New York Public Library. It unites two great collections to chart the history and reputation of a great literary family that was blessed with genius but marred by tragedy."
A good introduction to British forms of address from knight to duke along with examples from the works of Jane Austen and Downton Abbey.
A collection of resources from the New York Times on teaching Shakespeare.
"This website is an ongoing project being built by Mr. Bariexca's Spring 2008 Honors British Literature class at Hunterdon Central Regional High School. While it is primarily for use by these students and their families, we hope that teachers or students who find their way here can utilize some of what we create in their own teaching or study of these works."
"Jane Austen’s fiction manuscripts are the first significant body of holograph evidence surviving for any British novelist. They represent every stage of her writing career and a variety of physical states: working drafts, fair copies, and handwritten publications for private circulation. The manuscripts were held in a single collection until 1845, when at her sister Cassandra’s death they were dispersed among family members, with a second major dispersal, to public institutions and private collections, in the 1920s.1 Digitization enables their virtual reunification and will provides scholars with the first opportunity to make simultaneous ocular comparison of their different physical and conceptual states; it will facilitate intimate and systematic study of Austen’s working practices across her career, a remarkably neglected area of scholarship within the huge, world-wide Austen critical industry.
Many of the Austen manuscripts are frail; open and sustained access has long been impossible for conservation and location reasons. Digitization at this stage in their lives not only offers the opportunity for the virtual reunification of a key manuscript resource, it will also be accompanied by a record in as complete a form as possible of the conservation history and current material state of these manuscripts to assist their future conservation."
James Shapiro's book examines the history of the Shakespeare authorship question; Charles Nicholl's article discusses Shapiro's book.
Aunt Jane is out and the Brontës are in, so sayeth the Times. I will take both.
Carpe diem, "seize the day," is the theme of this post collecting a variety of poems and links.
Patrick Stewart reflects on acting Shakespeare and receiving his knighthood.
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