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September 14, 2006

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Filed under: Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 1:19 am

Resources- Housekeeping: Bronteana.org?

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I have not made a post about the Bronteana Resource Page in several weeks now. For those of you who are not aware of its existence, it is a resource I began some months ago in an attempt to make some of the material I have gathered in my studies available online. So far this consists of transcriptions I had made of several works by the Brontes which were not available as e-texts, including Charlotte’s unfinished novel Emma, and several essays written by Emily.

The major project on hand was to scan and upload illustrations from my personal collection. I have not counted what I have, but I have not started on at least 3 or 4 editions of Jane Eyre, and another one is only partly scanned. The problem arose that the host I chose for the page has silly rules about how much you can post per page. So going to the illustrations page for Jane Eyre gives you the illustrations of three or four artists and then directs you to another two or three pages. It is a clumbsy and annoying system.

I have attempted to solve the problem by relocating. I have obtained webspace from Dalhousie University and have already begun to set up a new page. However, all of my copies of the illustrations are in Ontario and I’m in Nova Scotia… Also, as part of my graduate studies I will be involved with something similar but even more time-consuming: single-handedly editing and publishing online a previously-unpublished manuscript by the 18th century writer John Thelwall (I am crazy, and have decided to work on the one with three or four drafts complete with scrawlings and revisions). Some of you have been kind enough to send images for the archive but I am reluctant to post anything until I know where and how the page will be set up. Time will be a factor, I think.

One last point for this very long housekeeping note! This week I talked with a Victorian professor who has taught courses on adaptations of the Bronte novels. After hearing about this blog and my work she suggested I think about the NINES Project. The NINES Project is a scholarly initiative with the general aim of keeping Victorian studies in step with the change from print to digital culture. There are now electronic academic journals, but also archives such as Bronteana or the revolutionary William Blake Archive.

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4 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the update, Bronteana. I’m so impressed by how you balance graduate school, this blog and your other studies/activities…just amazing. I look forward to checking your blog every day.

    On a side note, who did the illustration on the top of your housekeeping message? Its very nice.

    Thanks!

    Comment by ChrisV — September 14, 2006 @ 10:57 am |Reply

  2. The most challenging aspect is getting enough sleep. I live in residence now, and on some nights I barely sleep at all. Last night was an example. I got only two or three hours sleep. So, I’m a little giddy at the moment. 😉 I’m always glad to hear from readers and know that they are enjoying the blog!

    This illustration is from one of those I left at home in Ontario, so I cannot say who the artist is. It is a detail from a larger image. There are a lot of beautiful images on the resource page but some of my favourites are still waiting for a home!

    Comment by Brontëana — September 14, 2006 @ 5:17 pm |Reply

  3. Sleep for is after your thesis defense (or whatever hoops you will have to jump through prior to graduating…) ;^)

    I’d love to see more of that detail sometime. Was it a book cover? I’ve checked out the resource pages — very nice illustrations. I did a drawing back when I first read Jane Eyre. In the words of Mr. R. I draw a little….but not well… 😀

    Comment by ChrisV — September 14, 2006 @ 6:41 pm |Reply

  4. Hi your article is amazing.
    I will definitely read your site..
    thank you again

    Comment by NY+Sunbed — September 11, 2007 @ 11:02 am |Reply


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