Transnationalism and American Serial Fiction

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Spanning the 1820s through the 1960s, this collection analyzes serial fiction published in English, French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Italian, Polish, Norwegian, Yiddish, and Chinese, considering the ways in which serials function within minority communities. Okker claims that serial fiction was produced and read within a richly transnational context: the periodicals often circulated broadly, the narratives themselves favored transnational plots and themes, and the contents surrounding the fiction encouraged readers to identify with a community dispersed throughout the United States and often the world. She looks at the circulation of ideas, periodicals, characters and plots, and even people across various borders, focusing particularly on the ways that this fiction reflects the larger transnational realities of minority communities. In linking these transnational allegiances with the circulation of stories and periodicals, this book contributes to our understanding of not only print culture and periodical studies, but also transnationalism and multilingualism in American literature.

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"All of the essays shine light on long-neglected authors, texts, and audiences, and amply demonstrate that these serialized fictions not only reflected the concerns of their readerships but also helped shape their attitudes. Summing Up: Highly recommended."C. Johanningsmeier, University of Nebraska at Omaha, CHOICE
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Patricia Okker is a professor of English at the University of Missouri, Columbia and past president of the Research Society for American Periodicals. She is the author of Our Sister Editors: Sarah J. Hale and the Tradition of American Women Editors (1995) and Social Stories: The Magazine Novel in Nineteenth-Century America (2003).

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Table of Contents

Contents Introduction: Patricia Okker, "The Transnational Serial" 1: Caught Between Continents: The Local and the Transatlantic in the French-Language Serial Fiction of New Orleans’ Le Courrier de la Louisiane, 1843-1845, Clint Bruce 2: Tracking the First Latino Novel: Un matrimonio como hay muchos (1849) and Transnational Serial Fiction, Kirsten Silva Gruesz 3: Mobility and Resistance in Antebellum African American Serialized Fiction, Jean Lee Cole 4: Prose Pictures of Kleindeutschland: German-Language Local Color Serials of the Late Nineteenth Century, Peter Conolly-Smith 5: Escapism and Entertainment: Serialized Fiction in Swedish-American Newspapers, Ulf Jonas Bjork 6: ‘The Stimulus of Books and Tales’: Pauline Hopkins’s Serial Novels for the Colored American Magazine, Rachel Ihara 7: Bernardino Ciambelli's Misteri di Harlem: An Example of Serialized Fiction in the Italian American Press, Bénédicte Deschamps 8: Dream or Reality?: Polish American Serial Fiction during the Cultural Transition, 1900-1939, Danuta Romaniuk 9: An Editor Writes for His Subscribers: A Norwegian American Serialized Trilogy, 1919-1922, Orm Øverland 10: The Pregnant Bride from Suffolk Street: Intraethnic Class Conflict in a Yiddish Serial Novel (1931), Ellen Kellman 11: Piecing Together a ‘Binocular Vision’: Serial Fiction and Chinese American Identity in the Early Cold War, Wen Jin Notes Index

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