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Online sources

I don’t quite understand what Carrie means when she talks about using Wikipedia.  I also nowadays rarely teach literature courses — though I do use literature in my Advanced Comp in the Natural Sciences and Tech courses. I regularly assign good science books, science classics, and sometimes relevant modern fiction.  So we spend about 1/3 of the term doing a research paper on how medical science really functions or is used in the subculture of medical treatments, and (the last 3 terms) we read Danielle Ofri’s _Singular Intimacies_ and John LeCarre’s _Constant Gardener_.

I do use online sources though. Perhaps I will be just re-inventing the wheel when I say this or not saying something sufficiently generally applicable.  But here it is:  at GMU we have vast databases of journals, newspapers, all sorts of sources.  I require that my students use these and I have exercises to get them to.  In general, the response is very positive. I’ve discovered many junior level students at GMU are unaware of the rich information at their disposal through their password. They are going to less rich or inferior or only partly relevant sites open to the public because they don’t know about these.

I’ll get as a thank you in the evaluation, one of the things they appreciated most was my showing them these databases.



Janet Todd’s _At the Sign of Angellica_

Dear All,

I thought by way of saying hello for the first time I’d say that on my small women writers list we are reading Janet Todd’s _At the Sign of Angellica_ and how much it holds up even years later. Today I wrote a summary of the Introduction and Chapter 1 (probably not appropriate here):  it impressed me with all its insights, informative and prescience.  Much said to be new recently can be found in Todd’s book, such as an explanation for why in the 17th century most of the more radical women writers were Tories.

I did write a blog on Women in the Long Eighteenth Century at the MLA. It’s a summary and report on four sessions I attended.  My blog is linked on the side and if you click there and go there, you should find it under the above title. (I’ve written another since, on film adaptations of Austen’s novels.)

It’s good to be here among you.