Bill Hillman's ERBzine:
Official Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute & Online Fanzine Site
Since 1996 ~ Over 5,000 Webpages in Archive
A new edition is launched every Friday at:
January 5 - 11, 2007
FERAL CHILDREN PROJECT
From George Dodds (Ph.D) ~ McGill University ~ Canada
ERBzine kicks off the New Year with our biggest issue yet!
100 Web Pages
Many thousands of print-out pages
Over 70 Rare Texts in Downloadable Format
Hundreds of 19th Century Line-Art Illustrations
Countless Hours in Preparation
Come back often . . .
. . . many more editions are in the works . . . as well as ongoing text revisions.
The most famous feral child in fiction is probably Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan. The character was introduced in Burroughs' 1912 novel, Tarzan of the Apes, and soon became a cultural icon. John "Tarzan" Clayton, the young orphan of Lord and Lady Greystoke, was raised by an advanced "missing link" tribe of anthropoids in the African jungles. He learned their rudimentary language as a young child and later taught himself to read from his dead parents' collection of primers and other children picture books -- an interesting case study. Using this fictional character as a rallying point I have worked with Dr. Georges Dodds of McGill University here in Canada to present and document almost 100 feral-related works that inspired this literary phenomenon. We believe that the discovery and perusal of these many thousands of pages and illustrations will serve as an impetus for further research in the field.
~ William G. Hillman ~ Assistant Professor ~ Brandon University ~ Brandon, MB Canada
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