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The Victorian Web


Found in: arts, social studies, language arts & literature, 9-12

The Victorian Web is an encyclopedic (80,945 resources) site for grade 9-12 art, literature, social studies, and history teachers and students. The site offers primary and secondary texts, monochrome and color images, sound files, and some VR images of sculpture. The site can be searched by keyword or browsed under twenty headings. A Related WWW Resources section links to other websites.

  • Authors include prose writers and poets such as the Brontes and Brownings, Conrad, Dickens, George Eliot, Edward FitzGerald, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Hopkins, A. E. Housman, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and many others. As can be imagined, the resources for Dickens are many. Charles Dickens has biographical, historical, social, religious, scientific, gender, art, and literary resources. Under The Social Contexts of Charles Dickens Writing are two articles that credit Dickens with inventing (or at least co-inventing) Christmas as it is commonly celebrated.
  • Visual Arts comprises architecture, painting, sculpture, design, stained glass, illustration, fashion, and photography. Painting includes general articles and Individual Artists such as Whistler and Turner, whose “Rain-Steam-Speed," according to William Makepeace Thackery was “…composed of dabs of dirty putty slapped on to the canvas with a trowel….” Artist entries link to commentary as well as examples of their work.
  • Social History includes sections on public health, conditions of life and labor, race, class, and gender; education and the lives of children, leisure, economics, and more. Under Miscellaneous, is a section titled Letters From The Past: Overview, which includes general postal information and photographic images and transcriptions of many personal letters.

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