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The Articles section of the Corvey Website contains general articles about the Corvey collection and its significance to the study of Romantic period literature. These articles are broader in scope than the research included in the CW3 section, which relate to specific authors and works.

The following is a selected hypertext bibliography, with links to published and previously unpublished material relating to the Corvey library collection.


E.J. Clery and Julie Shaffer, ‘The Sheffield Hallam Corvey Website: a Collaborative Excavation of the Professional Woman Writer’, a paper presented in a special session ‘Digitizing Romanticism’ organized by Neil Freistat at the annual conference of the North American Society for Studies in Romanticism, Halifax, Canada. Published on Romantic Circles website, August 1999.

E.J. Clery, ‘The SHU Corvey Project’, European English Messenger, VII: 1 (Spring 1999) 71-2. A summary of the Project’s history and aims.


Christopher Skelton-Foord, ‘Universalbibliothek der Trivialliteratur’, 1800-1830: Castle Corvey and the Distribution of Circulating-Library Fiction in English’, Library History 14 (November 1998), 117-32. A valuable investigation of the contents of the belles-lettres collection, discussing its areas of strength and weakness. Excellent bibliography.

E.J. Clery, ‘The SHU Corvey Project on Women’s Writing: An Account of the Second Phase’, British Association for Romantic Studies: Bulletin & Review, 14 (October 1998), 6-8. An outline of the plan of research in the second half of the four-year project on women’s writing, with a call for contributors to the new database.

E.J. Clery, ‘Canon Busting, the Sequel: an Experimental Fusion of Research and Pedagogy’. Paper delivered at the annual conference of the Council for College & University English, exploring the results and wider implications of the first year of the ‘Adopt an Author’ scheme.

E.J. Clery, The Sacred and Profane Library, Sheffield Hallam Corvey Website, July 1998. Considers the material history and ideological matrix of the Corvey library, as a transitional instance of bibliomania.

E.J. Clery, ‘Canon-Busting: Undergraduate Research into Romantic-Era Women’s Writing in the Corvey Collection’, CCUE News (The Council for College & University English) 9 (June 1998), 10-11.

Glenn Dibert-Himes, ‘Castle of the Book’, Biblio (Spring 1998).


Rainer Schöwerling, Hartmut Steinecke, and Günter Tiggesbäumker, eds., Literatur und Erfahrungswandel 1789-1830. Beiträge des 2. Internationalen Corvey-Symposions 8.-12. Juni 1993 in Paderborn (Munich, 1996). Includes ‘Challenging Conceptions of Proper Femininity and women Novelists’ Relation to the Romantic’ by Julie Shaffer, 231-47.


Günter Tiggesbäumker, Die Fürstliche Bibliothek zu Corvey, Westfälische Kunststätten, 71 (Munich, 1994).


Julie Shaffer, ‘I Once Was Lost But Now I’m Found: Challenging the Canon with Rare Women-Penned Novels from the Corvey Collection’. Paper delivered at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, April 1993.

Angelika Schlimmer and Karin Wünsche, The Corvey Library Collection: A Short Report, BARS Bulletin & Review 4 (1993), 7-8. An introduction to the activities of Projekt Corvey at University of Paderborn.

Graham Jefcoate, ‘Corvey - an universal library?: a comparison with the University Library at Göttingen’, Corvey Journal: Mitteilungen aus dem Projekt Fürstliche Bibliothek Corvey 5 (1993).

Julie Shaffer, ‘Illegitimate Sexualities in Romantic-Era Woman-Penned Novels in Corvey’, Corvey Journal: Mitteilungen aus dem Projekt Fürstliche Bibliothek Corvey 5 (1993), 44-52.


Rainer Schöwerling and Hartmut Steinecke, eds., Die Fürstliche Bibliothek Corvey: Ihre Bedeutung für eine neue Sicht der Literatur des frühen 19. Jahrhunderts: Beiträge des 1. Internationalen Corvey-Symposions 25.-27. Oktober 1990 in Paderborn (Munich, 1992). Includes ‘Collections of English fiction in the Romantic period:The Significance of the Corvey by Peter Garside.


James Raven, ‘The Treasures of Schloss Corvey’, Times Literary Supplement 4615 (13 September 1991), 14.

Werner Huber, ‘Introducing the Corvey Library’, Factotum: Newsletter of the 18th century STC 33 (March 1991), 19-21.


Rainer Schöwerling, ‘Rediscovery of a Unique Library’, Notes and Queries 33 (1986), 291.


John Graham, Novels in English: the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century holdings at Schloss Corvey, Höxter, Germany, American University Studies: Servies 4, Anglo-Saxon Language and Literature, 2 (New York, 1983).