literature

literature

To the monster that started it all: Frankenstein

To the monster that started it all: Frankenstein

There is no monster more iconic, perhaps, than Frankenstein’s monster. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel and the IU East Campus Library currently has lots of Frankenstein and Mary Shelley related resources on display and all available for checkout. If you’re looking for some spooky reads to get you through the Halloween season, we have several different versions of Frankenstein in graphic novel form, including Victor LaValle’s Destroyer No. 1, which is a modern update of the Frankenstein story that reflects today’s current events in the United States. However, if you want to read a graphic novel that stays the most true to Shelley’s original text, then Gris Grimbly’s Frankenstein is the book for you. … Continued
A Modern Prometheus

A Modern Prometheus

On January 15, 1818, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley published her first book. Subtitled “A Modern Prometheus,” this book began as part of a storytelling contest among herself, her then-boyfriend Percy Bysshe Shelley, their host Lord Byron and Byron’s physician, John Polidori. In Geneva, Switzerland, on a particularly dreary summer night, the four precocious thinkers and authors began to compose ghost stories. Percy Shelley wrote about an incident from his childhood. Rumor has it that Byron’s work was about a vampire. But the other two people in this group, neither of them accomplished authors in 1816, launched the modern horror tale with their works: John Polidori’s The Vampyre, and Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein. At the IU East Campus library, we are putting … Continued
English Questions

English Questions

If you’ve been following this blog, you know we’ve been examining how to do in-depth research in each of the major academic disciplines IU East offers.  There’s a lot that is the same for any type of scholarly research, and we started off looking at those general techniques.  But every field of study has its own, unique needs, and to be a great researcher, you need to learn them.  This week, we’ll look at English and literature. Obviously, we have a lot of great general purpose databases for locating research articles – some of these include MLA International Bibliography and ProQuest Language and Literature.  But another great source is JSTOR, a database that has journal articles dating back more than … Continued
Studying the Bard

Studying the Bard

And since you know you cannot see yourself, so well as by reflection, I, your glass, will modestly discover to yourself, that of yourself which you yet know not of. ~ William Shakespeare A bedrock foundation of any literature curriculum is William Shakespeare, who is still considered the greatest English-language author even over 400 years after his birth (the date of which is not known, but generally celebrated on April 23 – also the date of his death).  Shakespeare plays a huge role in the IU East curriculum – and not just in ENG-L 315, Major Plays of Shakespeare.  His work touches literature courses including ENG-L 297, English Literature to 1600, ENG-L 225, Introduction to World Masterpieces, ENG-L 308, Elizabethan … Continued
A Guide to Learning to Like Classic Literature

A Guide to Learning to Like Classic Literature

          Often when we hear the words “classic literature” we think of stories from a past, relatively uneventful, time period. Or we just collectively yawn in response to the thought of literature and zone out. Either way, classic literature sometimes appears uninteresting due to the time period, or just wholly unappealing due to the language used. Therefore, here is a guide to learning to like the classics.             The first thing that you should know on your journey to liking classic literature is that even though you may, at first, see these classics as just old books that used to be important or interesting, these books can still be found deeply interesting and fun to read. But if at this … Continued