Wikipedia:University of Edinburgh/Events and Workshops/Edinburgh Gothic 2018
- 1 Booking a place
- 2 About the event
- 3 How do I prepare?
- 4 Further reading: Wikipedia's main policies
- 5 Programme
- 6 Trainers
- 7 Hit list of articles to be created or improved
- 8 Looking for ideas
- 9 The Manual of Style
- 10 Articles to be created
- 11 Articles to be improved
- 12 Suggestions from the Centre for the History of the Gothic - University of Sheffield
- 13 Robert Louis Stevenson on Wikisource
- 14 Tools
- 15 Sources
- 16 Outcomes - Content created
- 17 What can I do after the event?
- 18 External links
- 19 Participants - Sign Up Here!
|Edinburgh Gothic edit-a-thon 2018 in a nutshell:|
Booking a place
Booking is now open and you can book here.
About the event
Have you ever wondered why the information in Wikipedia is extensive for some topics and scarce for others? On Tuesday 13th November 2018, the University's Information Services team are hosting an edit-a-thon to celebrate Robert Louis Stevenson Day 2018. Full Wikipedia editing training will be given in the morning before a break for lunch. Thereafter the afternoon's editathon will focus on improving the quality of articles about all things Gothic. The University of Sheffield's Centre for the History of the Gothic will also be supporting the event.
Working together with liaison librarians, archivists & academic colleagues we will provide training on how to edit and participate in an open knowledge community. Participants will be supported to develop articles covering areas which could stand to be improved; Gothic art, Gothic architecture, Gothic literature, Gothic film, Gothic music, Gothic history etc.
Come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and contribute a greater understanding of Gothic history!
How do I prepare?
- Sign up for the event
- Create a Wikipedia account
- Bring a laptop (wi-fi will be provided)
- Learn about editing if you like: Tutorial, or Getting started on Wikipedia for more information
- Think about what you would like to edit - please prepare some materials to bring with you on the day
- If you have time then the Wikipedia Adventure is a fun, informative & easy to follow tutorial you can do at home in 45-60 minutes which takes you through Wikipedia's main policies & guidelines and introduces you to Wikipedia's Source Editor.
- Visual Editor user guide
Further reading: Wikipedia's main policies
- Wikipedia:Five pillars
- Wikipedia:Neutral point of view
- Wikipedia:No original research
- Wikipedia:Conflict of Interest
- Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources
Morning - Wikipedia Training and Talks
- 11:15-11:30am Tea and coffee
- 11.30am to 12.30pm Talks
- 12.30-1.30pm - Wikipedia training
Afternoon - Talk and Wikipedia edit-a-thon
- 1.30pm-2pm - Lunch break at DHT cafe.
- 2.pm-5pm - EDIT.
- 5.pm-5.30pm - Publish.
Thanks and close.
Hit list of articles to be created or improved
Helpful updates could be as simple as: Making sure reference links are still appropriate and functional; Adding new inline citations/references; Adding a photo; Adding an infobox; Adding data to more fields in an existing infobox; Creating headings; Adding categories; etc.
All are welcome to add names to the list which is intended to serve as a basis for creating new articles in this important but somewhat neglected sector on the English Wikipedia.
The following is a small sample of topics to work on. Feel free to come up with your own ideas!
Looking for ideas
- List of Gothic artists
- Gothic architecture
- Gothic architects
- Category: Gothic paintings
- List of gothic fiction works
- List of Gothic horror films
- Writers of Gothic fiction
- Gothic novels
- Southern Gothic films
The Manual of Style
Wikipedia has help pages which set out style guidelines for pages being created on certain subject areas. Please have a look at the following pages:
- Manual of Style for Biographies including how to begin the lead paragraph.
- Manual of Style for Novels which includes how to begin the article and what the body of the article should broadly include.
- Manual of Style for Writing about Fiction
- Manual of Style for Biographies of Living Persons
- Wikipedia:Notability (books) - Check that the article is notable enough for inclusion on Wikipedia
Some times it is a good idea to see how see how other similar articles have been structured. The following are considered to be of Featured Article quality.
Articles to be created
- Thrawn Janet by Robert Louis Stevenson to be created.
- The Library Window by Margaret Oliphant to be created.
- Artful (novel) by Ali Smith to be created.
Classic Gothic Literature
- In the Mirror (novel) - by Valery Bryusov 
- The Adventure of the German Student (short story) - by Washington Irving
- Das Majorat by E.T.A. Hoffman - Translate article from German Wikipedia. 
- The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins.
- Robert Louis Stevenson works:
- Stevenson's Illustrators
Contemporary Gothic Writers
- The Ghost Writer (novel) - Link to Google Books
- The Lake House (Kate Morton novel)
- Darling Jim (novel) by Christian Moerk
- White is for Witching (novel) by Helen Oyeyemi
- Twilight (William Gay novel)
- Yonder Stands Your Orphan by Barry Hannah.
- The Heaven of Mercury by Brad Watson (writer)
- Burning Bright (short story collection) by Ron Rash.
- Winterwood by Dorothy Eden.
Articles to be improved
- Louise Welsh - article to be expanded & improved with infobox, picture etc.
- John Burnside - To be expanded on, improved (esp. bibliography section).
- Poor Things by Alasdair Gray is quite a short article - to be expanded/improved upon with new sections.
- Lanark: A Life in Four Books by Alasdair Gray could be expanded/added to.
- The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson to be expanded/improved upon (citations especially).
- Morag Joss is a stub article – to be expanded.
- Andrew Crumey to be expanded.
- AL Kennedy to be expanded/added to.
- Ali Smith to be expanded/added to.
- Holyrood Abbey
- St Giles' Cathedral
- Scott Monument
- Culzean Castle
- Mellerstain House
- Wedderburn Castle
- Seton Palace
- Frederick Thomas Pilkington - Scottish architect, practising in the Victorian High Gothic revival style. Citations required.
- Wallace Monument
- St Marys, Dundee
- St Andrews Blackfriars Church
- St Mary Collegiate, Haddington
- Elgin Cathedral
- Aberdeen Kings College Chapel
- Dunkeld Cathedral
- Melrose Abbey
- Rosslyn Chapel
- Dunblane Cathedral in Dunblane
- Dunfermline Abbey
- St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh
- St Machar's Cathedral in Aberdeen
- St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall
- St. Mungo's Cathedral, Glasgow
- Glasgow Cathedral
- Abbotsford House
- Inveraray Castle
- Mellerstain and Wedderburn in Berwickshire and Seton Palace in East Lothian
- Culzean Castle, Ayrshire
- Cockburn Street in Edinburgh
- Balmoral Castle
- Barclay Viewforth Church, Edinburgh
- Scottish National Portrait Gallery; the Dome of Old College, Medical Faculty and McEwan Hall, Edinburgh University; the Central Hotel at Glasgow Central station, the Catholic Apostolic Church in Edinburgh and Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute.
Classic Gothic literature
- Jane Eyre - Feminism section requires citations and rest of article requires some additional citations.
- The Hound of the Baskervilles - Technique section requires citations.
- Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - requires improvement especially in the plot summary & use of citations. Could also add to the 'Inspiration for Jekyll & Hyde' section with the Dr. Eugene Chantrelle story [   
- Treasure Island - requires citations  .
- Catriona (novel) by Robert Louis Stevenson - requires citations.
- Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson is a stub - requires expansion   .
- St. Ives (novel) by Robert Louis Stevenson is a stub - requires expansion.
- The Wrong Box (novel) by Robert Louis Stevenson is a stub - requires expansion.
- Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson is a stub - requires expansion & citations.
- More New Arabian Nights: The Dynamiter: a collection of linked short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Vandegrift is a stub - requires expansion.
- The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables: a collection of short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson is a stub - requires expansion.
- Island Nights' Entertainments:a collection of short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson is a stub - requires expansion.
- Tales and Fantasies: a collection of short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson is a stub - requires expansion.
- Ann Radcliffe - see journal articles.
- The Eve of St. Agnes by John Keats - needs inline citations and original research elements removed.
- Varney the Vampire - find citations.
- James Malcolm Rymer - author of Penny Dreadfuls. Article requires expanding.
- Thomas Peckett Prest - author of Penny Dreadfuls. Article requires expanding.
- The Devil's Elixirs
- H. P. Lovecraft - add citations and create Mabacre stories page on Lovecraft's 1905-1920 works.
- The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs - needs citations.
Contemporary Gothic Writers
- Dorothy Eden - stub article needs expanded.
- Jane Aiken Hodge - needs additional sources.
- Diane Setterfield
- The Thirteenth Tale - add citations.
- John Harwood (writer)
- Flowers in the Attic - plot summary & citations to be improved.
- The House at Riverton - plot summary & citations to be improved.
- Touch Not the Cat
- Helen Oyeyemi
- V. C. Andrews - add citations.
- Gregory Maguire - add image.
- The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter - see journal articles.
- Morag Joss
- Half-Broken Things by Morag Joss
- Henry Clay Lewis - needs expanded.
- Truman Capote - a number of citations are needed in this article.
- The Night of the Hunter (novel)
- Wise Blood (film) - stub article, needs expanded.
- Frailty (film) - needs citations.
- Salvation on Sand Mountain - needs expanded.
- Brad Watson (writer) - needs expanded.
- Tom Franklin (author) - needs expanded.
- Mark Richard
- The Curse of Frankenstein - 1957 film requires citations throughout the article. Production and Reception sections could be expanded.
- Dracula (1958 film) - Needs details of its original release.
- Gothic (film) - Ken Russell film from 1986 requires citations and the Reception section to be expanded.
- The Innocents (1961 film) - add to the section on the film's reception.
- Fascination (1979 film) - needs improved/expanded in a few sections.
- Ghost Story (film) - needs rewritten.
- The House with Laughing Windows - needs expansion in a few sections.
- Les Diaboliques (film) requires the Reception section expanding.
- Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde - 1971 film requires additional citations and details of film's release.
- Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell - 1974 film requires additional citations & tidy up.
- Hour of the Wolf - 1968 Ingmar Bergman film requires additional citations & tidy up.
- House of Usher (film) - 1960 film requires details of the film's production & reception.
Suggestions from the Centre for the History of the Gothic - University of Sheffield
- Charlotte Smith – Improvement plus possible creation
- add citations, journal articles
- create pages for novels – include citations etc
- The Old English Baron – Improvement
- Improve plot summary
- Regina Maria Roche – Improvement
- Eliza Parsons
- The Mysterious Warning – Improvement: add citations.
- Eleanor Sleath – Create author page.
- The Midnight Bell – Improve
- Improve plot summary
- Paul Feval – Improvement
- Plot summary for novels
- Add citations, journal articles etc
- Patrick McGrath – Improvement
- Author page needs improving
- Novel pages need improving and adding citations, including Doctor Haggard’s Disease, Martha Peakes, Part Mungo, and Constance
- Mervyn Peake – Improvement
- Boy in Darkness needs improved plot summary.
- Brian DeLeeuw – Author page needs creating
Robert Louis Stevenson on Wikisource
- Help transcribe Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, 'The Wrecker', on Wikimedia's free content library, Wikisource.
- Wikisource style guide
- Beginners guide to typography
- A tool which 'scores' a Wikipedia page. (tick the checkbox for WP10 once you've selected enwiki from the dropdown menu)
- Citation Hunt tool
- Google Books citation tool
- Plagiarism detector
- Special:BookSources - This page allows users to search for multiple sources for a book given the 10- or 13-digit ISBN number.
- Wikipedia is a tertiary resource, which relies upon secondary sources. Wikipedia is not a place for original research.
- For more guidance on the use of sources, see this guide here.
- We will provide a variety of reference books on the day.
- Editors will also have access to some University of Edinburgh e-resources.
- Search for articles on Google Scholar
- Try the Wikipedia Library's list of free resources
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- The Hathi Trust Digital Library - 100s of novels & other assorted texts
- Shareable Images can be found through a Creative Commons search(which includes Google, Flickr & Wikicommons in its search).
- MLA International Bibliography
- Oxford Biographies Online
- Oxford Handbooks Online
- Academic Video Online
- Art & Architecture Archive
- The University of Edinburgh image collections
- DiscoverEd to find books, ebooks, journals, ejournals and more.
- Edinburgh Research Archive. For theses produced at the University of Edinburgh Edinburgh Research Archive
- Proquest Dissertations
- More at: Edinburgh University Library - Theses database
- 2012. The Victorian gothic : an Edinburgh companion. Edited by Andrew Smith and William Hughes. Edinburgh: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press.
- Baker, Timothy C. 2014. Contemporary Scottish Gothic Mourning, Authenticity, and Tradition.
- Glenn, Virginia. 2003. Romanesque & Gothic decorative metalwork and ivory carvings in the Museum of Scotland. Edited by Scotland National Museums of, Romanesque and #Gothic decorative metalwork and ivory carvings in the Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh : Museums of Scotland.
- Hall, James. 1798. Essay on the origin and principles of Gothic architecture. By Sir James Hall ... From the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Read April 6. 1797. Edinburgh]: Edinburgh.
- Order of the, Thistle. 2009. The Thistle Chapel within St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh. Edited by Robin Blair. Edinburgh: Edinburgh : Published by The Order of the Thistle.
- Robertson, Fiona. 1994. Legitimate histories : Scott, Gothic, and the authorities of fiction. Oxford: Oxford : Clarendon Press.
- Smith, Andrew. 2013. Gothic literature. Second edition.. ed: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press.
Advice about searching
Resources for Edinburgh Gothic Wikipedia Editathon
Search results for Edinburgh AND Gothic in the following databases
Major problem: if including Edinburgh in search, many search results actually containing materials published in Edinburgh.
Better to use Scotland instead of Edinburgh as search term.
Gale Artemis primary sources including:
- 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection
- 19th Century UK Periodicals
- Archives Unbound
- British Library Newspapers
- Eighteenth Century Collections Online
- Nineteenth Century Collections Online
- The Times Digital Archive
- Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive
Combining Edinburgh AND Gothic in advanced keyword search = 8 monographs, 450 newspaper & periodical articles
e.g. Forbes, Robert. An Account of the Chapel of Roslin; One of the Most Curious Pieces of Gothic Architecture in Scotland; Built in the Year 1446, by William St Clare, Prince of Orkney, Baron of Roslin, &C. To Which Is Added, a Particular Description of the Costly House-Keeping, and Grand Retinue of Servants, Kept up by the Said Prince, and His Princess, Lady Elizabeth Douglas. Edinburgh: printed for William Wood Bookseller. Print. . In DiscoverEd.
Available from ECCO. URL: http://find.galegroup.com/ecco/infomark.do?&source=gale&docLevel=FASCIMILE&prodId=ECCO&userGroupName=ed_itw&tabID=T001&docId=CW3300617717&type=multipage&contentSet=ECCOArticles&version=1.0 Wikipedia entry:Rosslyn Chapel
Outcomes - Content created
- Eugene Chantrelle - French teacher who lived in Edinburgh and who was convicted for the murder of his wife, Elizabeth Dyer. He is claimed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's character Dr Jekyll featured in "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". Stevenson met Chantrelle at the home of Victor Richon, Stevenson's old French master. Chantrelle was hung for his crimes at Calton Prison in Edinburgh.
- Thrawn Janet - a short story, written in Scots, by Robert Louis Stevenson. He wrote the story in the summer of 1881 while he stayed at the rented Kinnaird Cottage, Kinnaird near Pitlochry with his parents and wife. On reading the story to his wife Fanny she said of it that it "sent a cauld grue (shudder) along my bones" and "fair frightened" Stevenson himself. It was first published in the October 1881 issue of the Cornhill Magazine. It is a dark tale of satanic possession.
- The Library Window - The Library Window is a short story by the Scottish author Margaret Oliphant. It was first published in Blackwood's Magazine in January 1896. It is a well-written ghost story where the protagonist is fascinated by a window at her aunt's house in which she sees the ghost of a young, murdered writer. It was one of Oliphant's most controversial stories. Modern interpretations consider it a statement of the oppressive conditions for women in the late Victorian period.
- Corstorphine Collegiate Church - St. John’s Collegiate Church is at the old centre of Corstorphine, a village incorporated to the West area of Edinburgh. The church was transformed to the new format of worship of collegiate churches, which allowed a space for the parish to co-exist, and this included the absorption of earlier Gothic features from the previous building and the erection of the characteristic barrel vaults, which may have concluded by 1436.
- Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson - Improved by new section on the real-life inspiration of Dr. Eugene Chantrelle.
- Olalla (short story) - written by the Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer Robert Louis Stevenson. It was first published in the Christmas 1885 issue of The Court and Society Review, then re-published in 1887 as part of the collection The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables. It is set in Spain during the Peninsular War. The story is based on a dream that Stevenson had and in his 1888 essay "A Chapter on Dreams" he describes the difficulties he had in fitting his vision into a narrative framework. Stevenson wrote the story at the same time as he was proofing "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (published 1886).
- Author Margaret Oliphant - Wikipedia page improved with infobox and redrafting.
- Author Louise Welsh Wikipedia page improved.
- Author AL Kennedy Wikipedia page improved.
- Author Patrick McGrath (novelist) page improved.
- Robert Louis Stevenson article on Gaelic Wikipedia improved.
- Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart - first published in 1976 and is one of her best-known works. In the United States, Touch Not the Cat was the 9th highest selling book of 1976. Like many of Stewart's novels, the story has a supernatural element. This novel is also classified as romantic suspense, mystery fiction or Gothic fiction.
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Morag Joss, John Burnside, Catherine Cuthbertson, Alasdair Gray all improved with Category:Writers of Gothic Fiction.
- Catherine Cuthbertson - Wikipedia article improved.
- Sydney George Hulme Beaman - author & illustrator best known as the creator of the Toytown stories and their characters including Larry the Lamb. He also illustrated the 1930s John Lane, edition of a Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
- Holyrood Abbey - article improved.
- Architecture of Scotland in the Middle Ages - Rosslyn Chapel belongs to a very unique group of collegiate churches built throughout the 15th century. The majority are barrel vaults over single naves and votive or burial aisles, many built even till the 17th century. Their stonework is usually dressed but overall the structures are heavy as they are roofed by flagstones and the space of the pitch is filled with rubble. There are also a few domical vaults, like the Lady Aisle of the choir in St. Giles High Kirk, Edinburgh (before 1419).
- Feck - In his 1881 short story Thrawn Janet, Robert Louis Stevenson invokes the sense of feck meaning Amount; quantity (or a large amount/quantity) e.g. "He had a feck o' books wi' him—mair than had ever been seen before in a' that presbytery..."
- The Merry Men (short story) - a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson first published in 1882 in Cornhill Magazine.
Prior to the editathon, there were only 6 writers of Gothic fiction listed in Wikidata.
- This Gothic writers timeline shows the new timeline of 26 Gothic writers in Wikidata, according to their date of birth & colour-coded by place of birth.
- Gothic writers on Wikidata arranged by place of birth displayed on map. Change 'Display' dropdown to 'Map' and click RUN.
Wikisource (the free content library)
- 27 pages were proofread of the transcription of Ann Radcliffe's 1792 novel A Sicilian Romance. Ann Radcliffe was an English author & Gothic novel pioneer.
Editors in attendance
- Ann Radcliffe - (née Ward, 9 July 1764 – 7 February 1823) was an English author and pioneer of the Gothic novel. Her style is Romantic in its vivid descriptions of landscapes and long travel scenes, yet the Gothic element is obvious through her use of the supernatural. It was her technique, "the explained supernatural" as the final revelation of inexplicable phenomena, which helped the Gothic novel achieve respectability in the 1790s. 2500 approx characters added to the article.
- Boy in Darkness - a novella written by Mervyn Peake. Upon publication of the work in 1956, a Glasgow Herald reviewer called it "completely hair-raising". Edwin Morgan referred to Boy In Darkness as a ‘very different’ piece, ‘a nouvelle, a sinister epic incident, a reflection in miniature of Titus Groan and Gormenghast.’The story is one of Mervyn Peake's short works. After this he wrote only Titus Alone (1959); by the time it was published, Parkinson's disease had made writing almost impossible for him, although he continued to draw, intermittently, for several more years. Improved by Littleljn
- Marchmont (novel) - Marchmont is Charlotte Smith's ninth novel, and follows the story of her heroine, Althea Dacres, and the Marchmont family. It was published in August 1796. New article created by Maz Going.
- Eleanor Sleath - New article created by Edwardx. Eleanor Sleath was an English novelist, best known for 1798 gothic novel, The Orphan of the Rhine, listed as one of the seven "horrid novels" by Jane Austen in her novel Northanger Abbey.
- The Old English Baron - an early Gothic novel by the English author Clara Reeve. Copyedited.
- Eliza Parsons - (1739 – 5 February 1811) was an English Gothic novelist. Her best-known novels in this genre are The Castle of Wolfenbach (1793) and The Mysterious Warning (1796) – two of the seven Gothic titles recommended as reading by a character in Jane Austen's novel Northanger Abbey. Copyedited.
- Copyedited The Midnight Bell - a gothic novel by Francis Lathom. It was one of the seven "horrid novels" lampooned by Jane Austen in her novel Northanger Abbey.
Dear creature! How much I am obliged to you; and when you have finished Udolpho, we will read the Italian together; and I have made out a list of ten or twelve more of the same kind for you. Have you, indeed! How glad I am! What are they all? I will read you their names directly; here they are, in my pocketbook. Castle of Wolfenbach, Clermont, Mysterious Warnings, Necromancer of the Black Forest, Midnight Bell, Orphan of the Rhine, and Horrid Mysteries. Those will last us some time. Yes, pretty well; but are they all horrid, are you sure they are all horrid? —Northanger Abbey, ch. 6
- Patrick McGrath (novelist) - Gothic writer. Infobox added.
- Trauma (novel) - 2008 novel by Gothic author Patrick McGrath, centered on post-traumatic stress disorder cases as narrated by an American psychiatrist. 2458 characters added.
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