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Welcome to Denise C. White's home page!

My web site is designed to give students up-to-date information about course requirements, assignments, links to useful literary sources, and general information that may be of interest.

Since my pets section has grown so large, it now has its own page.

Here is my Pets Page, which contains information about pet health, responsible pet ownership, and pictures of my cats.

Not sure how to document your sources on a paper?  Check out Purdue Owl.  Also refer to the chapter in your handbook about MLA style.

Good Reading

Can't decide on a major?
Check out Jeff Bolles' What Color is Your Parachute? This book is an excellent way to figure out what you want to do when you "grow up." Also try the Kiersey Temperament Sorter II, an online test that will give you a basic idea of your personality type. Check out the Mensa workout, an informal IQ test.
Are you well-read?
Check out the list of Modern Library's Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century to see how many you've read. How did you fare? If you read everything on the Top 100 books of the Western world, you will most definitely be a well-rounded reader. The Modern Library's list contains two lists: the first contains the editorial committee's choices and the second, readers choices. You might also find some great summer reading on these lists! Here is a list of my favorites that did not make either list.

Books, books, books. There are many places to buy books, but sometimes it is hard to find good quality volumes. Two companies that are producing excellent hardbound copies of good literature are Everyman's Library and The Library of America. Looking for rare and out of print books? Try Bibliofind. Another good used-book source is abebooks.com. Want to find books online? Try Project Gutenburg or Bartleby.com.

This is an 1893 drawing of Merlin as the Madman by Aubrey Beardsley. Here is an excerpt from a paper about Merlin's origin.

Literature and other links

Voice of the Shuttle is probably one of the most useful resources for literary studies on the web. Check it out--the number of links is astounding.For scholars in the Humanities, VOS is definitely a 5-star destination!

This sentence is typed in a 12 point Garamond font. This one is a 12 point Bodoni book type font. So?  We don't really think much about fonts any more--we just pick up a book and start reading or make sure we use the "right" one when we type a paper.  However, there was a time when fonts were very important and the competition between printing houses was fierce.

For comprehensive web sites that contain Arthurian literature links and resources, check out Project Camelot at the University of Rochester.

The  Human Languages Page.  Choose a language and have fun.

No self-respecting literature scholar can have a web page without including some links to information about William Shakespeare!

Visit the Cervantes Project 2001 , where there are a number of texts, bibliographies, biographies, and translations of one of the world's most treasured works, Don Quixote.

Check out the Depressionist Artwebsite.  Funny stuff, especially if you have studied Art History!

Myth, Legend, Folklore, Fantasy (in progress)

Click here for a comprehensive site on Folklore, Myth and Legend from the University of Calgary.

What is an archetype? What is the collective unconscious? The Carl Jung page contains the answers to these questions, as well as providing a wealth of information to those interested in psychology.

Interested in mythology? Check out Christopher Siren's web page called Myths and Legends .There are many links to great resources. The standard text for mythology studies is still Edith Hamilton's Mythology.

Here is a page I put together for a Tolkien class with information about the hero of The Lord of the Rings, Aragorn.

Miscellaneous Esoterica

About Me

I was raised in Hamden, Connecticut, a small town directly north of New Haven. I went to Hamden High School until my junior year, when I moved to Atlanta with my family. Hamden is famous for being the home of the Whitney Barn, the building in which Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. I grew up in the Mount Carmel village at the northernmost part of town. It was a beautiful place and I loved growing up in the country. Hamden's population is approximately 60,000 people. "Rush hour" takes about 10 minutes!!

Hamden High School

This is Sleeping Giant. I grew up on a mountain (behind the photographer) that overlooked the Giant's head (the left side of the picture).

The College of Charleston , founded in 1770, is my alma mater.

Randolph Hall, College of Charleston

What's on my iPod? I have 2000+ songs on my iPod and have the complete or almost complete works of the Eagles, Chicago, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Journey, Led Zeppelin, REO Speedwagon, John Denver, Little Village, U2, R.E.M., Styx, Mother's Finest, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, CSN, Queen, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Fleetwood Mac, Beethoven, Wagner, Mozart, Copland, Holst, and many, many others. These are my favorite artists/composers, not listed in any particular order. It is clear from my rock music preferences, that I am a classic rock fan. With the exception of my classical music, R.E.M., U2, and Little Village, nothing I have was recorded after about 1982!

Genealogy is a great way to hone your research skills. Interested in genealogy? Check out Ancestry.com , which contains many databases that are accessible to the general public. You just never know to whom you might be related! My notable (and confirmed) relatives are Geoffrey Chaucer, King Malcolm Canmore, (King of Scotland in 1000's), Louis Capet (aka Louis IX of France), Philippe III Navarre (King of France), William White (a passenger on the Mayflower), and Daniel Webster. I also have ancestors who fled the famine in Ireland in the 1840's.

Are you looking for a hobby? Collecting gemstones is a fascinating hobby. Here is a great page with information about collecting gemstones. Also, check out the Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom 's website. You will find a ton of information about minerals and gems.In ancient and medieval times, gemstones held a great deal of meaning for the wearer. Here is the link to the International Colored Gemstone Association.

Here are two of my favorite medieval-inspired pieces of art:

The Accolade (Painting) by Edward Leighton.

Here's a very cool adaptation of Leighton's painting:

The Arming and Departure of the Knights (Tapestry) by William Morris