Now Available: Digital Archive for Lucy Maud Montgomery

Now available: a digital archive for Lucy Maud Montgomery. “KindredSpaces, as it’s called features more than 400 pieces published by Montgomery in periodicals throughout North America, Europe and Australia. The documents are part of the Ryrie-Campbell Collection housed at the University of Prince Edward Island’s L.M. Montgomery Institute, which is dedicated to researching Montgomery’s life and work.”

Teaching PALS: Using Digital Archives to Teach Nineteenth-Century African American Writers

Interesting article with a lot of examples: Using Digital Archives to Teach Nineteenth-Century African American Writers. “In other nineteenth-century American literature classes I’ve taught, I’ve spent one day on digital archival research, introducing it and having students try it out. Students like it as an in-class exercise, but very few end up continuing to delve into the archive for their end-of-term papers. So this term, I’m committing to devoting a bit of time to the archive for each author we read. I intend this strand of the course as a practical help for potential use in their research papers, but primarily I want us to dig into the digital newspaper archive on a regular basis to help students get into a nineteenth century mindset—old fonts, tiny print, narrow newspapers columns, business ads, letters to the editor, and all.”

Now Available: Database of Japanese Literature Translated and Published in English

Now available: a database of Japanese literature which has been translated into English. “My site contains a database of Japanese literature that has been translated and published in English (just as the name suggests). This was something that I myself wanted–a resource that was very user-friendly–and so I decided to create it. It’s a bit of a challenge to keep it up to date–I’m afraid I’m behind on adding some important titles–but I welcome suggestions from anyone.”

UVA Web Site Is Mapping the World of William Faulkner

New-to-me: A Web site at UVA wants to map the world of William Faulkner. “With interactive maps and timelines, the website will eventually include links to places, characters and events in Yoknapatawpha, the fictional setting of 14 of Faulkner’s novels and 54 of his short stories written between 1926 and 1960. About two-thirds of the data have already been entered, making even the prototype usable right now as a resource for scholars, teachers and students.”

10,000 Documents Make Up New Miguel de Cervantes Archive

The Cervantes Institute has released a digital archive of materials related to Miguel de Cervantes. It’s free. The original article is in Spanish which I’m Google Translating – I apologize for butchering the quote. “This large file consists of five databases, texts, photographs, graphics and multimedia from different areas of the institution. Of the 10,000 documents, about half are texts and the rest is divided among other formats, explained to El Pais the head of Libraries and Documentation Cervantes, Yolanda of the Church, which highlights the momentum that has been given to these five collections were ready in 2016, the year the institution celebrates its 25th anniversary. It is a job ‘for 10 years, which began in 2006, and will continue in the future.’”

Internet Tools for Getting Through James Joyce’s “Ulysses”

Are you having trouble reading James Joyce’s Ulysses? The Internet is here to help. “It’s O.K. to admit it: You tried to read James Joyce’s “Ulysses” and ended up chucking the thing aside in frustration. You are not alone. According to her letters, Virginia Woolf (“Never did I read such tosh”) had a long stall after 200 pages. Several well-known authors in the Book Review’s By the Book interview feature admit to leaving the novel unfinished. “Ulysses” even notched the No. 3 spot in the Top Five Abandoned Classics poll published by the Goodreads site a few years ago. Yet it nags at you. You don’t like to quit, but need a nudge to wade back into the novel’s overflowing streams of character consciousness, arcane references and shifting structure to follow those people going about life in Dublin on June 16, 1904.”

The British Library and Shakespeare Wallpaper

The British Library and Vodafone are celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy with “digital wallpaper”. “Shakespeare’s plays began to be printed towards the end of the 16th century in pamphlets known as quartos – pocket-sized and competitively priced for the time. …. The plays will be made available using specially designed “digital wallpaper”, in effect a virtual bookshelf at which users can point their smartphones to scan QR codes and activate their downloads.”

New Online Archive of Manuscripts from Northern Thailand

Now available: an online archive of manuscripts from northern Thailand. “Working with the National Library of Laos, Penn professor Justin McDaniel, chair of the department of religious studies, has launched the Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts at as a resource for the study of traditional literature from this region. At present, the digital library contains images of over 4,200 manuscripts that can be searched and viewed online or freely downloaded, and to which more manuscripts will be added.” A much more extensive article about the archive is available at the Bangkok Post.

Virginia Quarterly Review Conducting Instagram Experiment

Fascinating! Virginia Quarterly Review is conducting an Instagram experiment. “As VQR describes it, the #VQRTrueStory project is a ‘social media experiment in nonfiction, in which stories share platforms — between Instagram, our website, and the magazine.’ The magazine has committed to running, over the course of the year, writers’ weekly dispatches — first via its Instagram account @VQReview, but also collected on its website and excerpted in its print magazine.”

The Iliad Read by 66 Actors, in 68 Parts

Teachers, you might love this: The Iliad, read in its entirety, by 66 actors. “Scottish film and stage star Brian Cox is one of the readers, along with Simon Russell Beale, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Mariah Gale, and others, all British theater-trained actors who deliver stirring, often thrilling, readings of the Robert Fagles translation, the report concludes.” It’s 68 separate videos. It’ll be available until September 21, 2016.

Harry Ransom Center Launches Open Access, Project REVEAL

The Harry Ransom Center at UT-Austin has initiated an open access policy and started a new project. “In conjunction with the release of the policy, the Ransom Center launches Project REVEAL (Read and View English and American Literature), a year-long initiative to digitize and make available 25 of its manuscript collections of some of the best-known names from American and British literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Among the authors represented in Project REVEAL are Joseph Conrad, Hart Crane, Thomas Hardy, Vachel Lindsay, Jack London, Katherine Mansfield, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Sara Teasdale.”