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Libraries NEW Resource Brings 'Women Writers Online'

The Libraries are pleased to announce an acquisition of particular value to English, compartative literature, history, and women's studies students & scholars - Women Writers Online.

Women Writers Online is the textbase of the Brown University Women Writers Project, a long-term research project devoted to early modern women's writing, electronic text encoding, and the role of electronic texts in teaching and scholarship. Its goal is to bring texts by pre-Victorian women writers out of the archive and make them accessible to a wide audience of teachers, students, scholars, and the general reader. It covers a broad range of genres, social classes, and religious or political stances, while maintaining a balance between the now "canonical" women writers such as Anne Askew and Katherine Philips, and less well-known women such as Elizabeth Lilburne and Susanna Parr.

Women Writers Online provides access to more than two hundred texts of pre-Victorian women's writing in English from 1400-1850. Included in the textbase (in addition to verse, fiction, and drama) are texts on philosophy, religion, medical texts, letters, history, autobiography and biography, domestic manuals, education, natural history, and politics. There is also a collection of Renaissance texts and a substantial collection of speeches by Elizabeth I. A current grant from the NEH will allow Women Writers Online to increase the diversity of the Restoration and early eighteenth-century texts, adding popular dramas and short fiction, materials from debates on issues like midwifery and marriage, and several of the earliest texts by women of color.

Users may access Women Writers Online from the Libraries' website, either through IRIS or by following the path: Indexes / Arts and Humanities / General Arts and Humanities.

Posted May 30, 2000