• Great Expectations and Hard Times are the most widely used texts in the English-speaking world to introduce undergraduates to the nineteenth-century novel” (Dr Paul Schlicke, University of Aberdeen) – the first of these will be re-published in the DJO prototype, giving it immediate relevance to undergraduate study
  • There were 58,430 full- or part-time undergraduate students enrolled on English Studies courses in 2005-6 (figs. from HESA [1]); most will have taken compulsory courses in the nineteenth-century or Victorian novel, so there are upwards of 40,000 potential users in Britain alone
  • To this group can be added US High School and Graduate enrolments, as well as the thriving Australian, New Zealand and Japanese undergraduate student bodies; a ballpark figure of 400,000 potential international undergraduate users is quite realistic


As well as being able to evaluate the significance of the publication context (see above), English undergraduates are expected, as a key skill, to be able to demonstrate “sensitivity to generic conventions and to the shaping effects upon communication of circumstances, authorship, textual production and intended audience”. [2]


Users will be able to acquire this awareness through the digitisation alongside the original journals of a wealth of copyrighted academic articles and scholarly materials concerning the journals and the serialisation of the novels – a collection of specialist resources unobtainable in any single research facility in the world.


For all enquiries about DJO as a resource for undergraduate study, please contact djo@buckingham.ac.uk.

[1] See http://www.hesa.ac.uk/dox/dataTables/studentsAndQualifiers/download/subject0506.xls (external link) [accessed 5 October 2007]

[2] Subject Benchmark Statement: English, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, 2007, Sections 3.1, 3.2, p.4