Directions: These exercises are designed to familiarize you with
a number of basic reference tools for literary research. Therefore, even
if you know the answer to a question without consulting anything or anyone,
you are required to document your answers with a reliable source (or several,
in the case of selected questions) that you actually consult. Please provide
a brief summary of the route you took to the answer. Whenever
possible, you should give the reference in Harner for your source of information.
Several of the questions are drawn from Byatt's Possession,
and where that is the case I have provided page references where you can
find the item in the novel. Do not feel you need to read or even
skim the novel to do these exercises. Indeed, I purposely am asking
you to do these before we read the novel in class, because I am most interested
in fostering skill in using the library to discover information the context
for which is vague at best.
Submit this completed form by the third class meeting.
NOTE: I STRONGLY recommend that you compose your answers in another
program, such as a word processor like MS Word, save them, and then cut-and-paste
them into these windows. I will not accept the misfiring of this form as
an excuse for not having the answers completed.
Do twelve (12) of the following exercises:
1. Where would one find a manuscript of at least some of Elizabeth Barrett
Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese?
2. Where in this region of the US would you find a collection of Christina
Rossetti poems in manuscript? Name at least one poem you would find there.
3. Where would one find the diaries of Henry Crabb Robinson (9)?
5. 18th- and19th-century philosophy and science: Vico (4); Baron Cuvier
and the Megatherium (190); Lyell's Principles of Geology (298)
6. Victorian popular culture: anti-vivisection propaganda (270) and
7. English places: Richmond (49) and Whitby (283)
8. For these phrases, find the definition and the earliest appearance
in the language: "glory-hole" (90), "motte-and-bailey defenses" (545)
9. Jane Carlyle and Mrs. Humphry Ward (129; Added requirement: explain
why the DNB is not an adequate source of information for these Victorians.)
10. Foreign phrases: hoc opus, hic labor est (116), 'Verweile doch,
du bist so schön' (312)
11. Literary theory: simulacrum (230) and semiotics (273)
12. "Tell your aunt," he said, "that you met a poet, who . . . sends
her his compliments, and will not disturb her, and is on his way to fresh
woods and pastures new" (555). What is the literary allusion?
14. Find three early reviews of Byatt's novel and represent in a paragraph
the range and quality of commentary.