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

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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, analyzing such topics as market trends, modes of publication, and 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 Brontës 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. 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

1. Introduction: publishing history as hypertext John O. Jordan and Robert L. Patten; 2. Some trends in British book production 1800–1919 Simon Eliot; 3. Wordsworth in The Keepsake, 1829 Peter J. Manning; 4. Copyright and the publishing of Wordsworth 1850–1900 Stephen Gill; 5. Sam Weller's Valentine J. Hillis Miller; 6. Serialised retrospection in The Pickwick Papers Robert L. Patten; 7. Textual/sexual pleasure and serial publication Linda K. Hughes and Michael Lund; 8. The disease of reading and Victorian periodicals Kelly J. Mays; 9. How historians study reader response; or, what did Jo think of Bleak House? Jonathan Rose; 10. Dickens in the visual market Gerard Curtis; 11. Male pseudonyms and female authority in Victorian England Catherine A. Judd; 12. A bibliographical approach to Victorian publishing Maura Ives; 13. The 'wicked Westminster', the Fortnightly, and Walter Pater's Renaissance Laurel Brake; 14. Serial fiction in Australian colonial newspapers Elizabeth Morrison; Index.

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