Queen Victoria: First Media Monarch

Hardcover | March 1, 2003

byJohn Plunkett

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The nineteenth century saw the arrival of the mass media: high-volume illustrated newspapers and magazines, photography, and the telegraph which connected every part of the Empire. From the beginning, royalty was an essential subject for the media; Victoria's reign was documented in a detailnever known before: her accession and coronation, her very public marriage, her travels at home and abroad, her Jubilees, and ultimately her death and funeral. John Plunkett's book is the first to study the role of the media in Queen Victoria's reign. He argues that the development of popular print and visual media in the nineteenth century helped to reinvent the position of the monarchy in national life. He reveals how the royal family was one of theprincipal beneficiaries of the growth of cheap newspapers and illustrated periodicals and the advent of new media. He brings to light a wealth of previously unexamined material, including a detailed account of the emergence of royal journalism and the role of functionaries like the Court Newsman,and shows how photographs of Victoria were routinely retouched and manipulated in the latter decades of the century.

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The nineteenth century saw the arrival of the mass media: high-volume illustrated newspapers and magazines, photography, and the telegraph which connected every part of the Empire. From the beginning, royalty was an essential subject for the media; Victoria's reign was documented in a detailnever known before: her accession and coronat...

John Plunkett is currently a Junior Research Fellow at the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture, Exeter University. His main research interests are in nineteenth-century print and visual media, especially photography, popular fiction and the periodical press. He is currently working on a book, Optical Recr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:266 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199253927

ISBN - 13:9780199253920

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List of AbbreviationsList of IllustrationsIntroduction1. Civic Publicness: Popular Politics and Victoria's Royal Role2. Royal Portraiture and Graphic Media 1837-18603. Of Hype and Type4. Exposing the Monarchy: Photography and the Royal Family5. Reporting Royalty: from Penny-a-liners to Special CorrespondentsConclusionAppendix OneFurther ReadingIndex

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