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Meeting of opposites

November 19th, 2014 by Michael Winter

If you’ve every wondered how it could be that “being” and “nothingness” are actually two different words for the same thing–however opposite they may seem–you can shed light on this and many other puzzles by watching a You Tube clip about the work behind the Oxford English Dictionary.  (Hint: it’s clearly illustrated by the concept of a doughnut hole).  And for links to a number of additional clips offering behind-the-scenes looks at how the OED is produced, click here.

Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography Video Tutorials

February 18th, 2014 by Michael Winter

The MLA International Bibliography has just announced a new video tutorial series on different ways of searching the bibliography. New tutorials will be released every few months.  Click here for links to the currently available tutorials. The tutorials cover both the ProQuest and the EBSCO interfaces.

NYT: Professor Says He Has Solved a Mystery Over a Slave’s Novel

September 19th, 2013 by David Michalski

In this New York Times article, Gregg Hecimovich, chairman of the English department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, is reported to have solved a literary and cultural mystery by identifying the author of The Bondswoman’s Narrative: Hannah Bond, and naming her literary influences by researching wills, diaries, handwritten almanacs and public records.

See also–
Crafts, Hannah.
bondwoman’s narrative / Hannah Crafts ; edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
New York : Warner Books, c2002.
Shields Library PS1449.C673 B66 2002 Regular Loan

In search of Hannah Crafts : critical essays on The bondwoman’s narrative / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins, eds.
New York : BasicCivitas, c2004.
Shields Library PS1449.C673 B6634 2004 Regular Loan

Hecimovich, Gregg A.Searching for Hannah Crafts in Eastern North Carolina. North Carolina Literary Review 16 (2007): 43-54.

Williams, Adebayo. “Of Human Bondage and Literary Triumphs: Hannah Crafts and the Morphology of the Slave Narrative.” Research in African Literatures 34.1 (Spring 2003): 137ff

RESOURCE: Brecht’s Works in English: A Bibliography

December 11th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


In the United States, Bertolt Brecht is perhaps best known as the composer of the Threepenny Opera with Kurt Weill, which gave birth to the popular song known in English as “Mack the Knife”. He is generally regarded as a tremendously prolific playwright, poet, and theatre director, and his works have been translated into a host of different productions and settings during the 20th and 21st centuries. This bibliography of Brecht’s works in English contains over 2600 bibliographical entries and is a cooperative project between the International Brecht Society and the Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv in Berlin. The bibliography is hosted by the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, though it should be noted that the database is not a record of the holdings of the University of Wisconsin Libraries. Visitors can scan down the homepage to access specific citation sets for Brecht’s journals, essays, interviews, letters, plays, poems, and songs. The site is rounded out by a list of links to related materials, including the German Studies collection at the University of Wisconsin and the International Brecht Society.



RESOURCE: Luminarium: Sixteenth Century Renaissance English Literature (1485–1603)

May 29th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


As part of the larger, award-winning Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature, this Web site is the creation of a student who, during the dark ages of the Internet, had problems finding a centralized location for literary resources. The result is a diverse collection of writings from the likes of Henry VIII, Hugh Latimer, and father of the English sonnet, Sir Thomas Wyatt. Entries for each author include a biography and a list of works (with links to full-text access).



RESOURCE: The Internet Shakespeare Editions

May 29th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


Established by the University of Victoria in 1996, the mission of the Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) site is to provide students, scholars, and actors access to high-quality information on William Shakespeare, his world, and his works. This site includes four major components: the foyer, the library, the theater, and the annex. The plays and poems section offers users an easily searchable database of Shakespeare’s plays and poetry, from All’s Well That Ends Well to Venus and Adonis. Of interest to theater students is the Shakespeare in Performance database, which contains a wealth of performance materials from hundreds of film and stage productions, including press clippings, scripts, and production notes.



RESOURCE: storySouth

May 29th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


For six years, storySouth’s mission has been “to showcase the best fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry that writers from the new south have to offer.” Its aim is to inform the world that, like the new South, the writing of the “21st century south is a mix of traditional and new, regional and international.” The website design is simple and clean, something on which they pride themselves. Visitors can just sit back with a cup of coffee and enjoy a good read by perusing the new offerings in the “Poetry”, “Fiction”, and “Nonfiction” sections found on the homepage. The “News” section of the site, which is on the right hand side of the page, includes book reviews and mp3 recordings of fiction and poetry readings. Visitors interested in submitting work can click on “guidelines” on the right side of the page to get information on submission periods, author’s rights, the site’s rights, and technical details. The Million Writer’s Award, established by the founder of the site, is given each year to the best short story published online. Details about the award can be found in the lower right hand corner of the homepage.



RESOURCE: Mickle Street Review: An Electronic Journal of Whitman and American Studies

May 29th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


Walt Whitman always reads well, but on this site he also sounds and looks quite well. The Mickle Street Review brings together audio clips, video recordings, and written scholarship on and about Whitman and the broader world of American Studies. The Review was first published in 1979 and it is based at Rutgers University in Camden. Visitors to the site can browse all of the back issues of the Review, and they can also view the current issue as well. On the homepage, visitors will find the works divided into categories such as “Documents”, “Features”, and “Essays”. One of the more fantastic additions to their site is the digital version of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, which contains a close reading of the text along with a downloadable Brooklyn walking tour by Jesse Merandy. Moving on, the “Listening Room” contains recordings of Leaves of Grass read by Ralph Bellamy and a version of Song of Myself read by Orson Welles. Finally, the “Viewing Room” contains various adaptations and creative visions of Whitman’s works and explorations of his life.



Paper-Aid: Calling all term paper authors, we can help.

May 12th, 2009 by David Michalski

Did you know the Humanities and Social Science Librarians offer research assistance to undergraduates working on term papers? If your professors require a term paper based on peer-reviewed research, we can help. We will show you how to engage the pressing questions, review the literature, evaluate sources, and assembly the evidence you need for term paper success.

Contact us by email, or come by the Humanities Social Sciences and Government Information Reference desk on the 2nd Floor of the Peter J. Shields Library and schedule an appointment with a librarian who knows your field. Appointments for one-on-one meetings usually last about 30 minutes, but can prepare you for a career of self-directed and critical information research. Past practice shows that Paper-Aid sessions improve grades.  Take advantage of this unique service by making an appointment your subject specialist librarian.

RESOURCE: Multicultural Literature in the United States Today

April 9th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


The latest edition of eJournal USA focuses on distinguished American writers from various ethnic backgrounds who add immeasurably to mutual understanding and appreciation through tales of their native lands and their experiences as Americans.


Access: Multicultural Literature in the United States Today