Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present is a new kind of electronic textbase for research and discovery. The first and largest component of a history of women's writing, it seeks to further the study and understanding of literature, focusing particularly on the part women have played in its development.
At the core of Orlando is a collection of documents, rather like reference-work entries, about the lives and writing careers of individuals. Most writers have a pair of documents: one about the life, one about the writing. Some writers (a minority) have only a single document: life or writing.
Documents can be read from start to finish, or in chunks. You can go straight to a portion of a document by clicking on the headings provided on the Overview screen for that writer. You will also meet chunks outside their parent documents, when you generate timelines or search results. You can always move from these to the document itself to read the passage in context.
There are also freestanding chronology materials on literary, social, and political history, as well as bibliographic entries for primary and secondary material.
early medieval - present
May 20, 2012