Parallax, a new exhibit in Olin Library, showcases Cornell alumni and faculty who played important roles in the development of science fiction, from early SF writer Garrett P. Serviss (Class of 1872), to Joanna Russ (The Female Man) to Ron D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica). Cases are located on the ground floor just outside the Current Periodicals Reading Room and across from the Circulation Desk, and on the lower level outside the entrance to the Media Reading Room. You can also tour the exhibit online.
Thinking of submitting a paper to a peer-reviewed, open-access journal but concerned about paying submission and publication charges? The Library can help! Our Open Access Publishing Fund (COAP) will underwrite reasonable article processing fees for open-access journals up to $3,000. The COAP Fund is available to any Cornell faculty, post-doctoral researcher, staff member, or student author. For more information, consult the COAP FAQ, or submit your questions via the contact form. COAP is jointly funded by the Provost and Cornell University Library.
This summer the Olin book collection is being shifted to relieve overcrowding and to put the books in alphabetical sequence by call number, starting with A class in the lower level and ending with PZ on the 7th floor. English and American literature collections in the PR and PS classes currently on floor 3 will move to 7, while the PN class (general literary criticism/theory, film, theater, graphic novels) will be located on 6. From early June through late July the collection will be in a state of flux, so please check with the Olin Circulation Desk if you have difficulty finding what you need. Click on the map image above for more information on the project.
The Encyclopedia of the Gothic (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) was recently added to the Olin Reference collection (at PN3435 E56 2013). This two-volume set “brings together over 200 newly-commissioned essays by leading scholars writing on all aspects of the Gothic as it is currently taught and researched, along with challenging insights into the development of the genre and its impact on contemporary culture.” Among the topics covered are Queer Gothic, Commodity Gothicism, Campus Gothic, Postcolonial Gothic, Vampire Fiction, Gothic Theory, and Zombies.
Several Oxford online bibliographies in literature and related areas are now available:
British and Irish Literature
Cinema and Media Studies
Renaissance and Reformation
Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offer authoritative, core bibliographies on important topics. Each subject area is overseen by an Editor in Chief, an Editorial Board, and peer reviewers, some of whom are current Cornell faculty. Searching the Classic Catalog for the title oxford bibliographies will retrieve linked records for the individual subjects.
The Library now has access to Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction. This online resource contains approximately 48 plays and 13,000 pages of prose and poetry by Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latino/a writers working in the United States. When complete this database will include 100,000 pages of fiction and poetry and 450 plays. The vast majority of the materials are from the Chicano Renaissance to the present. About 30% of the database is previously unpublished or rare material. Connect to it through the record in the Classic Catalog. A link through Database Names is on the way.
The new edition of the venerable Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics, the first update in 20 years, can be found in Olin Reference (REF PN 1021 N39 2012+ c.2) as well as in the Graduate Study Room collection in Olin 305. Maintaining its global scope, the 4th edition of the Encyclopedia revises and expands existing entries and adds ca. 250 new entries prompted by changes in the field of literary studies during the last two decades. At more than 1600 pages, it dwarfs its predecessors. (Note: the online version available through the LION database is still the 1993 edition.)
The Library has acquired a one-year subscription to Ambrose Video’s BBC Shakespeare Plays in streaming video. The 37 television adaptations were produced from 1978 through 1985, enlisting directors such as Alvin Rakoff, Jonathan Miller, David Hugh Jones, and Jane Howard, as well as actors John Gielgud, Alan Rickman, Claire Bloom, and Helen Mirren, among others. This is a trial, so please let me know (at email@example.com) whether or not you find this resource useful for your teaching and research. If the response is positive, we’ll renew our subscription.
Just added to the Olin Reference collection: The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012; Olin Ref PR411 E53 2012), a three-volume set covering “the English literary landscape from the early 16th to the mid 17th centuries. Featuring over 400 clear and accessible entries on a wide range of writers and literary forms…as well as a variety of previously under-considered areas, including women writers, writings in manuscript, ballads, cookbooks, and other popular literary forms.”
American Literary Magazines In Olin Library, the online finding aid for current poetry and fiction journals available in the Olin stacks and Current Periodicals Room, has been updated and recast in a new format. In addition to print locations, the guide includes links to the journal websites and notes titles whose backfiles are available online in JSTOR. The guide also lists directories, biographical sources, and indexes to poetry and fiction published in journals.keep looking »