Literature in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century British Publishing and Reading Practices

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Overview

This innovative collection of essays addresses important issues in the history of the book. The multidisciplinary essays consider different aspects of the production, circulation, and consumption of printed texts, and topics studied include market trends, modes of publication, the use of pseudonyms by women writers. Contributors draw on speech act, reader response and gender theory in addition to historical, narratological, materialist, and bibliographical perspectives to study authors such as Dickens, the Brontes and George Eliot.
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"Anyone interested in the British book trade, the kinds of audiences who read the books, and the effects of reading will find this a very useful collection." Studies in English Literature

"Literature in the Marketplace is a valuable addition to our growing knowledge of strategies for understanding the interplay of the effects of format on author, production, and audience in the Victorian marketplace." Barbara Quinn Schmidt, Victorian Periodicals Review

"John O. Jordan's and Robert L. Patten's engaging collection of essays, Literature in the Marketplace, focuses predominantly upon the role of periodicals and serial publications in Victorian culture, with a notable concentration upon the demands of bibliosgraphic criticism itself in the editors' 'Introduction' and in Simon Eliot's chapter, 'Some Trends in British Book Production, 1800-1919'. The volume includes significant chapters on Victorian periodical literature...." John Kandl, The Wordsworth Circle

"...anyone who is interested in nineteenth-century English literature, its publication, dissemination and readership, will find much to reward its perusal." Clive Hurst, Dickens Quarterly

"...some excellent work. ...open some new ground, and ...illustrate the great and still growing diversity of this field of study." John Feather, SHARP News

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
List of contributors
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: publishing history as hypertext 1
2 Some trends in British book production, 1800-1919 19
3 Wordsworth in the Keepsake, 1829 44
4 Copyright and the publishing of Wordsworth, 1850-1900 74
5 Sam Weller's valentine 93
6 Serialized retrospection in The Pickwick Papers 123
7 Textual/sexual pleasure and serial publication 143
8 The disease of reading and Victorian periodicals 165
9 How historians study reader response: or, what did Jo think of Bleak House? 195
10 Dickens in the visual market 213
11 Male pseudonyms and female authority in Victorian England 250
12 A bibliographical approach to Victorian publishing 269
13 The "wicked Westminster," the Fortnightly, and Walter Pater's Renaissance 289
14 Serial fiction in Australian colonial newspapers 306
Index 325
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