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Further Reading

Talis Aspire

There are a lot of recommendations for secondary books and articles via the Talis Aspire Reading List for this moduleLink opens in a new window

You will see I have tried to create categories such as Form; Sub-genre; publishing; author / story-specific criticism; gender and the gothic; colonial/imperial gothic; anthologies published long c19th; anthologies published c20th/c21st; and then further reading which is mostly handbooks/companions that may have useful chapters for whatever you want to research.

Explore the reading list first, but I am happy to have a chat in office hours and give recommendations specific to your topic where I can.

Digital and Primary Resources

The Library

Has access to lots of online resources like book reviews, or other short works, or historical sources, and secondary criticismLink opens in a new window some only available via Institutional access, such as C19th newspapers and periodicals databasesLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window and ProquestLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window (use the date range finder to narrow), C19th pamphletsLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window; Defining GenderLink opens in a new window

Companions and Handbooks to the Short Story / Short Fiction and/or Gothic / Nineteenth-century Gothic will help you contextualise genres and themes, and you can look for companions to specific authors. See Talis Aspire.

Digital Facsimiles

First and early editions of many 19th century anthologies, collections etc, can be found at Hathi Trust, Internet Archive, and Google Books. If you want to look at alternative editions of the same text then UPenn's online book catalogueLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window is very helpful not only for books but for where to find archives of magazines.

The Gothic Archive

A growing digital collection of late eighteenth and nineteenth-century British Gothic chapbooks and related materials held in a variety of private and research libraries in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The chapbooks have been digitized or transcribed and linked to summaries and supplemental materials.

Project Gothic

The Digital Companion to the University of Virginia Sadleir-Black Collection of Gothic Fiction. Includes collections of paratexts like images, bookplates, marginalia.

McGill Library Chapbook collection

The McGill Library's Chapbook Collection was created from chapbooks that have been identified in three special collections in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library. New titles are being acquired and added to the collection and this website will be updated on a regular basis.

Eighteenth Century Journals

This archive brings together rare journals printed between c.1685 and 1835; this resource illuminates all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Topics covered are wide-ranging and include colonial life, provincial and rural affairs, the French and American revolutions, reviews of literature and fashion throughout Europe, political debates, and London coffee house gossip and discussion.

The Lady’s Magazine: Understanding the Emergence of a Genre

A two-year, Leverhulme-funded project that has provided a freely accessible and fully annotated index of the magazine’s contents from its first issue in 1770 to the launch of its new series in 1818. The database is accompanied by a series of publications in which the project team interpret the discoveries made and the trends observed throughout the collation of the data for the index.

Victorian Gothic Library

An amazing resource that has sourced the original / alternative editions of a huge number of Gothic texts published in the Victorian period Gothic Library (

NB: it is a mixture of short fiction and novels so ensure you are using the right type for this module!

The Internet Speculation Fiction Database [ISFDB] 

A community effort to catalogue works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. It links together various types of bibliographic data: author bibliographies, publication bibliographies, award listings, magazine content listings, anthology and collection content listings, and forthcoming books. Particularly useful for finding where stories were first published (although this is "as far as they know") and further editions.

Archive of The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals

[IAPSOP] is a US-based private organization focused on the digital preservation of Spiritualist and occult periodicals published between the Congress of Vienna and the start of the Second World War.


The website for the magazine Darkworlds Quarterly offers some lists and information on anthologies and anthologists (not all C19th, so you would need to sift through and research) 

Open Access Digital 19th-Century Periodicals

Patrick Leary has compiled a rough list of digitized 19th-century periodicalsLink opens in a new window that are freely available online. Although there’s no true substitute for the kind of cross-title searching that one can do with the big commercial collections from Gale and ProQuest, digital facsimiles like these nevertheless have many research and classroom uses of their own, even when, as is often the case, the runs are incomplete. It helps to know what titles are out there, in what form, and where they are. Many thanks to John Mark Ockerbloom and his team at the University of Pennsylvania for the assistance of their Open Books projectLink opens in a new window.

RSVP Bibliography

What’s new in periodicals research? RSVP members compile a biannual bibliography of the latest resources for research on nineteenth-century Victorian periodicals. RSVP’s bibliography was originally published annually in the Victorian Periodicals Newsletter. It is now brought out bi-annually in Victorian Periodicals Review.

VanArsdel Bibliography

First compiled by Rosemary VanArsdel in 1999, the VanArsdel Bibliography lists some of the most definitive secondary reference sources on Victorian periodicals and its related fields.

The Curran Index

The Curran IndexLink opens in a new window is reference database of the many anonymous contributors to nineteenth-century British periodicals. Named after Eileen Curran, one of the original editors of the ground-breaking Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, this ongoing project seeks to build upon the Wellesley Index by identifying previously unknown authors whose stories, poems, and articles appeared anonymously in nineteenth-century British periodicals.

The Wellesley Index

The Wellesley IndexLink opens in a new window was one of the first comprehensive databases to list the authorship of nineteenth-century articles, and compile a bibliography of articles written by each contributor. Citations of evidence are provided to support attributions of authorship, along with brief biographical and vocational details. Forty-five important monthly and quarterly titles are included, covering the period from the beginning of the Westminster Review in 1824 to the end of the century. The exception to this is the Edinburgh Review, which is indexed from first issue, in 1802. The Wellesley does not index poetry. Please note that an individual or institutional subscription is necessary to access the Wellesley Index.

C19: The Nineteenth Century Index

C19: The Nineteenth Century IndexLink opens in a new window draws on the strength of established indexes such as the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC), the Wellesley Index, Poole’s Index, Periodicals Index Online and the Cumulative Index to Niles’ Register 1811–1849 to create integrated bibliographic coverage of over 1.7 million books and official publications, 70,000 archival collections, and 22.7 million articles published in over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers. C19 Index now provides integrated access to 13 bibliographic indexes, including more than three million records from British Periodicals Collections I and II, together with the expanded online edition of the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism (DNCJ). Please note that an individual or institutional subscription is necessary to access the C19 database.

Victoria Research Web

The aim of the Victoria Research WebLink opens in a new window is to assist scholars, at whatever stage of their studies, in making their way through the complex and ever-changing landscape of research resources pertinent to the long nineteenth century. The various sections of the VRW are intended to supply advice and links to help Victorianists find the practical information that they need to do their work, whether it’s an online database, an archive catalogue, a bibliography, a listserv address, a cheap place to stay in London, or a journal’s submission guidelines. This resource was created and is maintained by our very own Patrick Leary.

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