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Back in the day, I discovered the magic of HTML programming in Stuart Curran's Electronic Literary Seminar. Since then, I have kept up with it through my own projects and through part-time jobs. My pages are hand-coded; their HTML is supplemented with CSS and JavaScript. My new, more interactive projects include MySQL-backed database applications using PHP.

Here follow a few of the projects on which I have worked:

  • Studio 916, a gallery of my son Peter's digital art

  • The Transatlantic 1790s, a database-backed site including a detailed customizable chronology, customizable bibliography of criticism, and projects. The content is written by Grinnell students.

  • Connections: A Hypertext Resource for Literature, my integrated teaching site.

  • Advice for incoming college students from the users of Grinnell Plans

  • From the Ashes, my hypertext circular fairy tale. "From the Ashes" was my first HTML project. It grows out of my interest in the meaning of the conventional endings of fairy tales and romances in the context of French Revolution-era political discourse. That interest remains in the background of the project, which uses the linking capabilities of hypertext to see what happens when one produces a fairy tale that neither begins nor ends.

  • TeachWeb, an archive I created of teaching materials developed by my graduate school colleagues in the English and Comparative Literature programs at Penn.

  • The Penn English Department site. This site was a highly collaborative effort, but the visual part of it (the graphic design and navigational apparatus) was largely my contribution. Update: alas, after a good run of five years or so, the site has changed. Most of it was archived, so you can see that it changed from this to this (except without the broken image on the left) when we did the overhaul in 2000.

  • The Pennsylvania CD-ROM Edition of Frankenstein. Created primarily by Stuart Curran and Jack Lynch, the Penn project is a stunning electronic edition of the novel. The contents would fill over 20,000 pages of printed text; the edition constitutes a small research library on Frankenstein and its contexts. It will be released commercially at some point, so I can't show it to you. Is not your curiosity piqued, though?