Welcome to Professor
Ady's Hyperwinch House . . . .
Description of the Hyperwinch Project
HYPERWINCH, a "house" of content appropriate to English
Studies, is modeled on Sarah Winchester's sprawling mansion in San
Jose, California. Built in the late 19th century, this estate was
always under construction. In fact, Sarah reportedly had been told by
a spiritual medium back in Boston that should the construction ever
cease, the millionairess heir to the Winchester rifle company would
suffer a deadly end by all the ghostly victims of her company's
And so, it was said that throughout her years at the house a
carpenter's hammer or saw was always heard. The house grew, extending
like a spider's web, and was remodeled continually.
Our "hyperwinch house" similarly must create many rooms: a "room"
for Poe or Shakespeare, for Joyce's Ulysses , for media
analysis, for model student essays or for any other subject related
to English studies. It should be informative and playful. It should
use images, text, sound, hyperlinks to other rooms of information,
links to interesting websites worldwide.
Both students and faculty will build, tear down, and rebuild this
estate as an ongoing, continually transforming body of information.
This wing to date includes rooms for
Edgar Allan Poe,
Thoreau, Kate Chopin, Robert Louis Stevenson,
Wordsworth and John
This wing, a production of EN 95 Media Analysis
students, includes essays on media, analyses of print and electronic
media, critical thinking glossary (including Brutus Family fallacies
and sundry other subjects).
Introduction to Hyperwinch House, more information on Sarah Winchester,
Multimedia resource bin, links to student web pages, introductory materials
for English Studies (concepts, approaches), FOUNDATIONS
IN FLORENCE PROGRAM, Regions of Italy
An area devoted to ENG 371: The 1920's, ENG 411: Seminar
on James Joyce
An area devoted to ENG 388: Literature and the Absurd
Worcester, Mass. 01609
Copyright 1996. Paul Ady. Revised - May, 2003
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