The Novelty of Newspapers: Victorian Fiction After the Invention of the News

Paperback | February 15, 2014

byMatthew Rubery

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Arising in the 1800s and soon drawing a million readers a day, the commercial press profoundly influenced the work of Bronte, Braddon, Dickens, Conrad, James, Trollope, and others who mined print journalism for fictional techniques. Five of the most important of these narrative conventions -the shipping intelligence, personal advertisement, leading article, interview, and foreign correspondence - show how the Victorian novel is best understood alongside the simultaneous development of newspapers. In highly original analyses of Victorian fiction, this study also captures the surprising ways in which public media enabled the expression of private feeling among ordinary readers: from the trauma caused by a lover's reported suicide to the vicarious gratification felt during a celebrityinterview; from the distress at finding one's behavior the subject of unflattering editorial commentary to the apprehension of distant cultures through the foreign correspondence. Combining a wealth of historical research with a series of astute close readings, The Novelty of Newspapers breaks downthe assumed divide between the epoch's literature and journalism and demonstrates that newsprint was integral to the development of the novel.

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Arising in the 1800s and soon drawing a million readers a day, the commercial press profoundly influenced the work of Bronte, Braddon, Dickens, Conrad, James, Trollope, and others who mined print journalism for fictional techniques. Five of the most important of these narrative conventions -the shipping intelligence, personal advertise...

Matthew Rubery is a Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the editor or coeditor of Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies (Routledge, 2011) and Secret Commissions: An Anthology of Victorian Investigative Journalism (Broadview, 2012).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:February 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIllustrationsIntroduction: The Age of NewspapersA Nation of News ReadersA Newspaperized WorldPART I: THE FRONT PAGE1. The Shipping IntelligenceShipwrecks and Secret Tears from Dickens to StokerThe Latest Shipping IntelligenceWhy Victorian Heroines Read the Shipping NewsShipwreck SpineSecret Tears for Ships Lost at Sea2. The Personal AdvertisementsAdvertisements, the Agony Column, and Sensation Novels of the 1860sThe Short History of a Miserable LifeA Double State of ExistenceThe Sensation Novel in EmbryoPART II: THE INNER PAGES3. The Leading ArticleThe Whispering Conscience in Trollope's Palliser NovelsA Horror of Newspaper MenThunderbolts from Mount OlympusTrollope's Whispering ConscienceThe Promise of Big Type in the Morning4. The Personal InterviewWishing to Be Interviewed in Henry JamesInterviewed!The Rise of the Interview SocietyJames's Overhearing AudienceThe Age of Interviewing5. The Foreign CorrespondenceConrad's "Wild Story of a Journalist"Brains Pulsating to the Rhythm of Journalistic PhrasesStanley's Journalism by WarfareKurtz's Letters from AfricaConclusion: The Back PageNotesBibliographyIndex