Victorian literature: Additional reference

Victorian literature

This is not intended as a guide to research sites. Rather these sites have been chosen as examples which provide ways in to teaching, or helping students to engage in their own research. If you have suggestions for sites which you or your students have found useful, do please e-mail them to us.

Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery have digitised their Pre-Raphaelite collection and made it accessible online for the education community.

University of Minnesota online teaching anthology (Victorian Studies)
Although the site seems to have been allowed to lapse, this remains a useful collection of contemporary articles, on the subjects of women and equality, science, and empire.

Nineteenth Century Online Newspapers Collection (accessible from within subscribing universities)
A searchable database of national and local newspapers.

Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition
Searchable editions of six nineteenth century periodicals and newspapers, including the Chartist Northern Star.

Rossetti Archive
With the Birmingham Museum site, a wonderful source of Pre-Raphaelite images and gateway to scholarship.

Victorian Fiction event
Andrew Maunder presents a report on an event run by the Subject Centre.

The Victorian Web
Provides a valuable (if sometimes rather basic) supplement for students, with implicit pedagogic hints. Its mosaic of related areas provides students with a useful ‘web’ of connections to e.g. art, technology, and politics.

Victorian Women Writers Project
A valuable source of texts including anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children’s books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama.

Voice of the Shuttle
One of the great web literary archives, the Voice of the Shuttle simultaneously provides a valuable supplement for students, and implicit pedagogic hints. See also the wealth of material on the teaching resources pages and Victorian pages.

The Wrong Dora Russell
Explores a project getting students of literature and history to work with journal materials.

A number of modules and teaching frameworks are visible on the web

… this represents the merest sample

We are not suggesting ‘off the peg’, or prescriptive solutions. But looking round what other colleagues have done is a source of ideas and trigger points in teaching just as much as it is in research. If you have further suggestions for sites to include, do please e-mail them to us.

In the first instance, these suggestions are aimed at helping you with module planning and preparation. But it is also worth bearing in mind that there are high quality materials on the web which your students too might find helpful as enhancement material.

Blog from a Victorian Studies lecturer.
Rosie Miles at the University of Wolverhampton has been blogging about her teaching experiences suing technology on her Victorian module. Much insight into running a blended learning Victorian module can be gained from Rosie Miles’s blog.

HumBox Educational Resources
Humbox is a source of open learning materials which their authors are willing to share with others. At the moment, there is very little nineteenth century material, other than Will Slocombe’s slides on Reading Tennyson’s Maud, and a presentation on Victorian Literature and Crime. We warmly invite you to contribute to the building of this important resource.

Intute – Nineteenth Century Literature Pages
contain, as always, a wealth of material. Even if you don’t filter the results by ‘teaching’, many pages lend themselves with a little imagination to teaching and to undergraduate research projects. Two examples among many would be Gaslight and Jack Lynch’s Literary resources on the web.

OpenLearn Courses (from the Open University)
some of the courses made available by the Open University under its Open Learn scheme e.g. ‘Approaching prose Fiction

OpenCourseware courses (from MIT)
Victorian Literature and Culture or Major English Novels

Victorian Research Web
Many more fascinating examples (mostly, but not exclusively North American) are to be found.