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A Jane Austen iOS game, MMORPG and card game?

Happy 238th birthday to Jane Austen! I want to celebrate her birthday this year by sharing with you some interesting games related to Jane Austen's works that have come out recently. First off, there is a little iPhone app called Stride and Prejudice.  It is 99 cents and worth every penny!  Then there is the MMORPG Ever, Jane that was recently backed on Kickstarter and is currently being developed.  The description for this game is "In the virtual world of Jane Austen, it is not about kill or be killed, but invite and be invited with gossip our weapon of choice."  How could you resist that? Finally, there is a card game currently available for pre-order called Marrying Mr. Darcy, which would be a great gift for any Jane Austen loving librarians you may know!

If these games aren't enough, you might also be interested in some new books about Jane Austen:

Jane Austen, game theorist by Michael Suk-Young Chwe. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4038.G36 C49 2013

Among the Janeites: a journey through the world of Jane Austen fandom by Deborah Yaffe. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4037 .Y34 2013

Global Jane Austen: pleasure, passion, and possessiveness in the Jane Austen community edited by Laurence Raw and Robert G. Dryden. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4037 .G57 2013

The real Jane Austen: a life in small things by Paula Byrne. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4036 .B97 2013 

Jane Austen the reader: the artist as critic by Olivia Murphy.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR4038.B6 M87 2013

I also suggest picking up a work of fiction called Longbourn by Jo Baker.  It was a very intriguing read!

Bridging Cultures: Literary Reflections

Since we are in the middle of our Muslim Journeys book discussions, I wanted to highlight the Literary Reflections theme from our Bridging Cultures collection, in case you want even more books to read! Here are the books we have from that collection:

The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy. King Library (2nd floor) | PJ7715 .M87 2008

The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi. King Library (2nd floor) | PK6451.F4 M2813 2011

Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely. King Library (2nd floor) | PL248.P34 K36513 2004

Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi. King Library (2nd floor) | CT2678.M47 A3 1995

Minaret by Leila Aboulela.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR6051.B68 M56 2005

You can check out previous books we highlighted in this post and this post.

Bridging Cultures: Connected Histories

Today I'm highlighting some more of the books we received from our Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures grant.  The theme this time is "Connected Histories."  Here are the books that we have:

When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon. King Library (2nd floor) | DS5.95 .G67 2009

The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili. BEST Library, Basement | Q127.A5 A4 2011

The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal. King Library (2nd floor) | DP99 .M465 2002b

Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett. King Library (2nd floor) | PQ3979.2.M28 L413 1992

In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh. King Library (2nd floor) | DT56.2 .G48 1994

You can check out previous books we highlighted in this post.  Also, our film series is still ongoing, so come join us for an interesting film.

Bridging Cultures: American Stories

American Stories

In preparation for our upcoming "What Do We Mean by 'American Muslim?’" symposium on September 21st, today I'm highlighting the books we received from our Bridging Cultures grant that are connected to the theme of "American Stories." 

Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford. King Library (2nd floor) | E444.I25 A78 2007

The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV. King Library (2nd floor) | E184.M88 C65 2008 

Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel. King Library (2nd floor) | E184.M88 P38 2010

A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed. King Library (2nd floor) | BP190.5.H44 A46 2011

The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson. King Library (2nd floor) | BP170.5.W55 W55 2010

You might also be interested in this American stories essay prepared by Kambiz GhaneaBassiri from Reed College.

The Information-Literate Historian by Jenny Presnell

The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students was written by one of our very own librarians!  Jenny Presnell, our Humanities/Social Sciences Librarian, is the author.  This book was popular enough to warrant a second edition, which was published this year by Oxford University Press.  This new edition has been expanded and updated.  It was written to help history students find and use a variety of sources, including primary and secondary sources.  It includes information on finding both print and electronic resources.  One of the strengths of this book is that it doesn't just give you a list of resources for you to use but actually walks you through the research process.  In fact the first chapter is about just that topic. Individual chapters often include case studies and further readings.  There are helpful search tip boxes included in many of the chapters.  You will also find many useful graphs and figures that will help make the research process more clear.  New updates in this edition include a new chapter on how to critically evaluate and work with statistics and data, an updated discussion on electronic resources, more coverage of photography, newsreels, and documentaries, and more emphasis on writing research papers.  You can find this book on the second floor of King with the call number D16.2 .P715 2013, though you may need to request a copy because right now all of our copies are checked out!

African American Writing

We have a new five volume set called African American Writing.  It's edited by A. Robert Lee and can be checked out from the second floor of King.  The call number is PS153.N5 A3368 2013.

The editor of this work is considered a leader in the field. He is Professor of American Literature at Nihon University, Tokyo.  Other books by A. Robert Lee include Designs of Blackness: Mappings in the Literature and Culture of Afro-AmericaBlack Fiction: New Studies in the Afro-American Novel since 1945, and Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American Fictions.

This set is noteworthy because being five volumes long, it is able to trace African American writing from slave texts to recent Nobel Prize winning novels. Each volume includes different parts. Volume One includes African American literary-cultural statements, Overviews, and Theory perspectives.  Volume Two includes Oral tradition and legacy, Literary critiques and slavery studies, and Early and reconstruction African American texts.  Volume Three includes New Negro and Harlem Renaissance, Richard Writing, Chester Himes, Ann Petry, Frank Yerby, Margaret Walker, and John A. Williams, and finally Ellison and Baldwin.  Volume Four covers Modern African American fiction.  Volume five includes Modern African American poetry, African American drama, and African American autobiography.  Each part includes different essays written by scholars.

The entire set has a lot of valuable content, but several things especially stand out.  Part One of Volume One includes famous essays and speeches written by writers and intellectuals like Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, LeRoi Jones, and Alice Walker.  Part Four of Volume Two includes a section on oral tradition, an important part of African American culture.  Volume Four is completely devoted to Modern African American fiction, so you get essays about not just the major names like Toni Morrison, but also essays about various other important writers, such as Ishmael Reed, Paule Marshall, Ernest Gaines, Octavia Butler, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Edwidge Danticat, etc.

There is also a selective historical chronology and a very extensive bibliography of African American writing.  Anyone wanting to learn more about African American writing would benefit from checking out this set of criticism.  Many important writers, theories, themes, and criticism are represented in these volumes.

Happy Belated Birthday, Jane!


Jane Austen's birthday was on December 16th!  To celebrate her recent birthday, I want to share some of our new books about her:

Jane Austen and her readers, 1786-1945 by Katie Halsey.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR4038.B6 H35 2012

Jane Austen's cults and cultures by Claudia L. Johnson.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR4036 .J57 2012

Uses of Austen: Jane's afterlives edited by Gillian Dow and Clare Hanson.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR4038.I52 U84 2012

Matters of fact in Jane Austen: history, location, and celebrity by Janine Barchas.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR4038.H5 B37 2012

Jane Austen's civilized women: morality, gender and the civilizing process by Enit Karafili Steiner.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR4037 .S74 2012

Graphing Jane Austen : the evolutionary basis of literary meaning by Joseph Carroll.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR878.C47 G73 2012

If you've never done so, you might want to check out the journal devoted to studying Jane Austen and her works.  It's called Persuasions.  We have it available in print on the second floor of King.  The call number for it is PR4036 .A15.  We also have some online access to the journal here, though the content differs slightly.

Curl Up With a Horrifying Book!

Just in time for Halloween, we have a new two volume set you might want to check out called The Century's Best Horror Fiction.  It's edited by John Pelan and published by Cemetery Dance Publication.  The call number is PN6120.95.H727 C46 2011, and it's located on the second floor of King.  The editor selected one story published during each year of the 20th Century.  There was only one selection per author and one selection per year.  Booklist describes this book as an "intoxicating reading experience."  Some of the authors included in this collection are H. G. Wells, Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James, E. F. Benson, Lord Dunsany, H. P. Lovecraft, and Shirley Jackson.  I found the selections from the beginning of the century especially intriguing!

If you're interested in reading other horror stories for Halloween, you might be interested in some of these titles:

The Year's best fantasy and horror.  King Library (2nd floor) | PN6120.95.F25 Y4

Darkness: two decades of modern horror edited by Ellen Datlow.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS648.H6 D378 2010

Zombies: the recent dead edited by Paula Guran. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6120.95.H727 Z65 2010 

American fantastic tales: terror and the uncanny from the 1940s to now edited by Peter Straub.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS648.H6 A46 2009

Enjoy All Hallow's Read!

Charles Dickens Turns 200 Today!


Today is Charles Dickens' 200th birthday! To mark this occasion there are many blog posts and newspaper articles about him today:

Dickens and Victorian London: 2012 apps and ebooks

A letter to Charles Dickens on his 200th birthday

Happy Birthday, Dickens

Prince Charles leads Charles Dickens celebrations

Also, if you get a chance, check out Google's Doodle today!

We also have a small exhibit on the third floor of King in our Special Collections celebrating Charles Dickens. It will be up all this week.

If you are interested in reading more about him, here are some recent titles we have acquired:

Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4582 .D68 2011

Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin. Copy on Order.

Charles Dickens in Context edited by Sally Ledger and Holly Furneaux. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4588 .C3597 2011

Charles Dickens's American Audience by Robert McParland. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4592.A54 M37 2010

The Cambridge Introduction to Charles Dickens by Jon Mee. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4588 .M44 2010

Finally there are many events planned throughout the world this year to celebrate his life and accomplishments:

Dickens 2012

Dickens and London Display

Dickens Anniversary Kicks Off in London

I myself plan to re-read Great Expectations!

Happy Birthday, Jane!


Today is Jane Austen's 236th birthday! In celebration of this day, I want to share with you some new Jane Austen titles that have been added to our collection (which include some nice new annotated editions):

Why Jane Austen? by Rachel M. Brownstein. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4037 .B76 2011

The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen edited by Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4036 .C3 2011

Jane Austen: Two Centuries of Criticism by Laurence W. Mazzeno. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4037 .M34 2011

Constancy & The Ethics of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park by Joyce Kerr Tarpley. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4034.M33 T37 2010

Emma: An Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism edited by George Justice. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4034 .E5 2012

Persuasion: An Annotated Edition edited by Robert Morrison. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4037 .M34 2011

It's been an interesting year for speculations and new findings about Jane Austen. Here are a couple of recent articles. Read for yourself and decide what you think of some of these findings:

Remains of Jane Austen's Steventon home unearthed

Jane Austen biographer discovers 'lost portrait'

Jane Austen 'died from arsenic poisoning'

Manuscripts Suggest Jane Austen Had A Great Editor (this one came out at the end of 2010, but people were still e-mailing it to me in 2011!)

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