Wired: The Pride and Prejudice of Online Fan Culture. “Go with me here. Janeites can be seen as internet culture avant la lettre—what Sebastian Heath, an archaeologist and professor of computational humanities and Roman archaeology at New York University, calls a ‘self-digitizing community.’ OK, yes, the Arpanet and packet switching don’t figure much in the misadventures of Emma Woodhouse or the Bennet sisters. But the Janeites represent a critical plot point in the evolution of online sociology.”
Colubmia University Libraries: Just Launched: Literary Authors from Europe and Eurasia Web Archive. “I am pleased to announce the launch of the Literary Authors from Europe and Eurasia Web Archive, comprised of captured website content related to literary authors (of both fiction and non-fiction essays), translators, critics, and publishers from Europe and Eurasia.”
University of North Carolina: William Blake Archive Opens New Digital Archive Exhibitions Wing. “The William Blake Archive at UNC recently announced the grand opening of its newest digital wing: an Archive Exhibitions space, which allows viewers to browse through curated presentations and special topics related to Blake’s work. Its first show, now open to the public, highlights Blake’s remarkable and enigmatic depiction of the pilgrims from the Canterbury Tales. The Archive Exhibitions feature digital galleries which include both informational text and high-resolution scans of Blake’s drawings, paintings, engravings, and more.”
The Digital Fix: Forbidden Planet open up their archives and share previously unseen photos from their in-store signings.. “Forbidden Planet have made available for the first time a treasure trove of images from their instore events – including photos of some of their most famous guests. You can now find full details, including photographs, flyers and posters, from all of our events from 1978 to 1989, including signings with Mark Hamill and Dave Prowse, James Doohan, Nick Rhodes, Jon Pertwee, Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, Anne McCaffrey and many, many more.” More content will be available in the fall.
American Booksellers Association: Facebook’s New Political Ad Policy Ends Up Censoring Bookstore’s Author Event Ads. “In early June, A Room of One’s Own Bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin, encountered a problem when trying to advertise author events on Facebook. The bookstore’s events coordinator, Gretchen Treu, requested to boost Facebook posts to promote two author events only to find that they were rejected on the basis of what Facebook characterized as their ‘political nature.'”
Nebraska Today: Huskers help create George Eliot digital archive. “The works of English author George Eliot are getting the digital treatment, thanks to three University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduates. Megan Ekstrom, Rachel Gordon and Riley Jhi are creating a website to house the complete works of the novelist, poet, journalist and translator. The students are working on the project this summer through the university’s Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience program, which provides a stipend for students to work with faculty mentors in research or creative activities for 20 hours per week. “
China Daily: New translation database promotes Chinese literature overseas . “President Xi Jinping’s report at the 19th CPC National Congress attached great importance to the construction of China’s soft power and cultural confidence, which required a large number of eminent artistic figures to see literature and art thrive. To support contemporary Chinese literary talents and elevate the global influence of Chinese literature, the Chinese Culture Translation and Studies Support Network (CCTSS) and Selected Stories magazine jointly initiated an international database of Chinese writers and works in Beijing, Jan 17.” I could not find an URL for this and didn’t have much luck Googling – I’m probably searching in the wrong language. Thus I’m not sure if this is a completed resource or an initiative launch.