Another blog? Yes!

The NCSA is replacing our newsletter with a blog! We seek news of members’ publications/honors, book/exhibition reviews research tips, teaching ideas, other web-based resources, conferences, job openings, CFPs etc. Our members study and teach a broad array of disciplines in the long and international nineteenth century, including history, literature, art history, music, and architecture.

To kick off the blog, I would like to introduce my favorite web-based teaching resource: Dickens Journals Online. I use this website in teaching the British literature survey 1789-1925. My students read Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford in serial parts over several weeks in the journal Household Words. All episodes are digitized on the website. Here’s the first episode, 13 December 1851.

Teaching periodical context: on the Dickens Journals Online website, my students also read through several entire issues of Household Words, report on the contents, and eventually write a periodical context paper.  While I still teach students to use the microfilm of Household Words in our university library:  most choose to use the DJO site.

Navigating the DJO site is easy; extensive indexes include contents of each issue, all linked to the specific texts. It’s easy to follow a theme or subject: nature, travel, education, for example, or to look specifically for fiction or poetry or works by specific authors. Scholars interested in nearly any subject in mid to end of nineteenth-century Britain will find valuable primary sources both for themselves and for students.

It’s your turn: what websites do you use in teaching nineteenth-century studies courses? And why? Please post comments and links about that and your ideas for blog posts! -– For NCSA’s web committee: Deborah Maltby, associate teaching professor of English, University of Missouri-St. Louis