Romantics on the Web
Blake would have loved the World Wide Web, with its easy combination of
text and graphics, its ready accessibility, and its anarchic disposition.
That may be why there are so many good Web sites devoted to his life and
works. But Romanticism in general is well served on the Web (though,
as usual, one has to be careful in assessing the quality of any particular
Web page). The sites below provide good starting points for an exploration.
General Indexes and Thematic Guides
Many links to resources on Romantic figures.
The Voice of the Shuttle is a massive analytical
index for scholarly Websites of all kinds. This section of it is devoted
to British Romanticism and is subdivided into "General Resources," "Authors,
Works, Projects," "Selected Topics," "Course Syllabi & Teaching Resources,"
"Criticism & Critics," "Journals & Series," "Listservs & Newsgroups,"
"Conferences & Calls for Papers," and "Post-Romanticism." A basic and
extremely important resource.
Many more links, including links to the Home pages of many Romantic
scholars (including Duncan Wu).
"Hypertext chronology of literary, social, and
historical events in Britain and France from 1785-1851; includes links
to online resources for authors, works, and topics."
"A website designed to survey the relationships
between literary works and natural history in the century before Charles
Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859)." Sections include "Why a Romantic
Natural History?" "Backgrounds: From Aristotle to Erasmus Darwin," "Toward
a Romantic Natural History," "Natural Historians," "Literary Figures,"
"Artists and Illustrators," "Topics in Romantic Natural History," and "Bibliography."
A collection of texts from the Shields Library
at UC-Davis, this site includes books by twenty-nine women, including Letitia
Barbauld and Felicia Hemans. Texts are in both SGML and HTML formats.
"This interactive hypertext uses Richard Polwhele's
poem 'The Unsex'd Females' to introduce students and scholars alike to
some of the British Romantic Period's foremost female contributors. In
his poem, Polwhele invokes the rigid standard of feminine behavior held
by many members of eighteenth-century society as he asserts that a certain
breed of women -- the unsex'd females -- transgressed the limits of that
which was acceptable. Since Polwhele addresses these women by name in 'The
Unsex'd Females,' the poem provides a means of examining closely some of
the many female figures often excluded from the traditional British Romantic
Period canon." The hypertext of "The Unsex'd Females" contains links to
works by the women Polwhele names.
Sites Devoted to Single Authors
A truly extraordinary resource for the study of Blake,
presently (July, 1999) consisting of 33 copies of 18 separate books, including
at least one copy of every one of Blake's works in illuminated printing
except the 100 plates of Jerusalem (forthcoming).
The Home page of the Byron Usenet discussion list, with
instructions for joining and a brief introduction to the topic currently
Here you can find details about activities organised by the society, and
also subscription details should you wish to join. You can also find details
about The Byron Journal, the Society's annual publication which promotes
the scholarly appreciation of Byron's life and works.
"A Website of fact and fiction about George Gordon Lord Byron 6th Baron
Byron of Rochdale the real original Regency Romantic hero in boots, tight
pants and many caped coat--bisexual athlete--revolutionary--philosopher--poet."
The text of a complete scholarly monograph posted as
a Web site, beautifully illustrated and fully annotated. Includes a useful
biographical sketch of the poet and chapters on "The Conversation Poems,"
"Kubla Khan," "The Ancient Mariner," "Dejection: An Ode," and the
Created by Margorie A. Tiefert for the University
of Virginia's Hypertext Archive of British Romantic Poetry, this site includes
hypertexts of all Coleridge's poetry; excerpts from the Biographia Literaria
and The Friend, other criticism, political commentary, philosophy,
and letters; a time line, recommended reading, a dictionary (for help reading),
and links to other Coleridge sites.
"Welcome to the web site of the Keats-Shelley House,
Rome. Situated on the Spanish steps, the house is part of Roman Folklore.
For generations the Piazza di Spagna has been visited by architects, painters,
musicians and poets who all lodged here. Tobias Smollet, George Eliot,
Goethe, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, the Brownings, Henry James, Edith Wharton,
Oscar Wilde and Joyce were just a few of the many who were attracted and
inspired by the celebrated 'centro storico'." Short discussions of the
lives and works of Keats, Shelley, and Byron, especially as they relate
to the House.
"The Wordsworth Variorum Archive is (or will be) an
electronic collection of the poetry of William Wordsworth. This collection
will include all of the published versions of all of the poetry arranged
by published volume. The text used will be that of first editions, and
will not be emended except in cases of egregious printer's error."
Excerpts from her journals.
A brief biography and discussion of Hemans and
the texts of many poems?part of Mary Mark Ockerbloomís extensive "Celebration
of Women Writers" site.