Victorian Print Media: A Reader

Paperback | December 2, 2005

byAndrew King, John Plunkett

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Victorian culture was dominated by an ever expanding world of print. A tremendous increase in the volume of books, newspapers, and periodicals, was matched by the corresponding development of the first mass reading public. It has long been acknowledged that the growth of the popular publishingindustry played an instrumental role in the success of most major Victorian novelists. Traditional critical positions have, nevertheless, recently expanded into a much broader field concerned with media history, book studies, modes of textual production and consumption, and concepts of 'popularliterature'. One of most notable current critical trends is a renewed interest in the importance of all aspects of nineteenth-century print culture. Victorian Print Media: A Reader collects primary sources from nineteenth century journals, newspapers, and periodicals into an anthology that can be used for teaching purposes, but is also intended to complement and encourage ongoing research. The extracts are organised into ten themed sections.Each section addresses a specific conceptual or historical issue, such as the impact of serial publication upon practices of reading and authorship. The themed sections demonstrate the multiple factors upon which the aesthetics of print media depended, making this anthology of use to allresearchers, teachers, and students of the period.

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Victorian culture was dominated by an ever expanding world of print. A tremendous increase in the volume of books, newspapers, and periodicals, was matched by the corresponding development of the first mass reading public. It has long been acknowledged that the growth of the popular publishingindustry played an instrumental role in the...

John Plunkett is a Lecturer in Victorian Literature and Culture, School of English, University of Exeter. Andrew King is a Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, Christ Church University, New Zealand.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.96 inPublished:December 2, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199270384

ISBN - 13:9780199270385

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Setting the Debate: the 1820s2. The Influence of Print3. The Word of Law/The Law of the Word4. Publishing, Printing, Communication5. Fiction in the Market6. Print Media and the "Popular"7. Reading Spaces8. Newspapers9. Authors, Journalists, Reviewers10. Graphic media11. Textual Lives