To make the most of the space available to me in this frame format and to avoid a mere listing of web pages, I have set up the links page using DHTML. For optimum viewing, you should use Microsoft Explorer, Netscape 4, or Mozilla as your browser. Netscape 6 (especially on a Mac) has some major problems handling this DHTML even though it works perfectly on Netscape's source code, Mozilla. If you are a Netscape 6 user, I recommend a free download of Mozilla, which works seamlessly with Netscape 6. Alternatively, you will soon be able to turn to a version of this list in static HTML.

On the left, you will find links to the various subheadings. Once you are inside a subcategory, you can scroll up and down, when necessary, by placing your cursor over the arrow icons at the bottom right (you can try it now, actually). To scroll faster, simply click on an arrow icon and hold down (herein lies one of the bugs in Netscape, by the way). The links on the left include information about the following:


1) Literature: includes links that help students learn about the application of New Historicism to literature.

2) Theory: includes links that help students understand the theory behind New Historicism.

3) Pedagogy: includes links to syllabi and web pages from classes that introduce New Historicism to undergraduate or graduate students.


1) Intros: includes recommended books that are accessible to beginners seeking to understand New Historicism.

If you click the Introduction link, you will return to this page. Note that this list is not designed to be exhaustive by any means. I only mention those sites and books that I have found to be particularly interesting or of use. If you know of any other links or books of interest, feel free to e-mail me with the information ( and I will consider adding your recommendation to the list.

Ashton Nichols' "A Romantic Natural History"
This site allows a class to attempt actually applying the precepts of New Historicism through the subject of natural history. The site also suggests some of the ways that students might begin to find a relation between Romantic literature and the the scientific theories of the age. Given the New Historicists' fascination with power and order, you might consider the ways that taxonomy, theories of evolution, theories of animal sexuality, or the Chain of Being(s) might affect the circulation of power in both literature and society.

Warren Hedges' "New Historicism Explained"
A brief but helpful introduction to the basic concepts of New Historicism (part of the SWIRL web site).

Jon Klancher's "Romantic and Postmodern Historicism"
A class designed for a mix of graduate and undergraduate students by an important Romantic critic in his own right. The syllabus provides a list of readings and a description of the general purpose of the course.

Coming Soon.