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Researching the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press

Case Studies, 1st Edition

Edited by Alexis Easley, Andrew King, John Morton


220 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Extending the work of The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals and Newspapers, this volume provides a critical introduction and case studies that illustrate cutting-edge approaches to periodicals research, as well as an overview of recent developments in the field. The twelve chapters model diverse approaches and methodologies for research on nineteenth-century periodicals. Each case study is contextualized within one of the following broad areas of research: single periodicals, individual journalists, gender issues, periodical networks, genre, the relationship between periodicals, transnational/transatlantic connections, technologies of printing and illustration, links within a single periodical, topical subjects, science and periodicals, and imperialism and periodicals. Contributors incorporate first-person accounts of how they conducted their research and provide specific examples of how they gained access to primary sources, as well as the methods they used to analyze the materials.


The 2018 winner of the Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize.The Committee describes the focus of the book on methodology and case studies as “fresh and original,” and “useful for both experienced scholars and those new to the field.”

"Overall. Case Studies suggests new ways of reading canonical authors, new unerstandings of the interprentation of the personal and the public, and an admirable energy in engaging with the structures of national and transnational periodical discourses that are clearly implicated in maintaining soft power within societies" -- Brian Maidment, Liverpool John Moores University

Table of Contents

Introduction: Researching the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Case Studies (Alexis Easley, Andrew King, and John Morton)

Chapter 1: Researching a Single Journalist: Alfred Austin (John Morton)

Chapter 2: Researching Gender Issues: Eliza Cook, Charlotte Cushman, and Transatlantic Celebrity, 1845–54 (Alexis Easley)

Chapter 3: Bibliographic Issues: Titles, Numbers, Frequencies (Beth Gaskell)

Chapter 4: Researching Periodical Networks: William and Mary Howitt (Joanne Shattock)

Chapter 5: Researching a Periodical Genre: Classifications, Codes and Relational Terms (Fionnuala Dillane)

Chapter 6: Researching the Relationship between Two Periodicals: Representations of George Eliot in the Girl’s Own Paper and Atalanta (Beth Rodgers)

Chapter 7: Researching Transnational/Transatlantic Connections: The 1865 Atlantic Cable Expedition (Catherine Waters)

Chapter 8: Researching Technologies of Printing and Illustration: Clement Shorter, Phil May, and Photomechanical Reproduction in the Sketch (Gerry Beegan)

Chapter 9: Who Do You Think They Were? What Genealogy Databases Can Do for Victorian Periodical Studies (Marianne Van Remoortel)

Chapter 10: The Body in the Archive: Reading the Working Woman’s Reading (Margaret Beetham)

Chapter 11: Researching Science and Periodicals: Satire and Scientific Jargon in Punch (Gregory Tate)

Chapter 12: Researching Empire and Periodicals (Chandrika Kaul)


About the Editors

Alexis Easley is Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas, USA.

Andrew King is Professor of English Literature and Literary Studies at the University of Greenwich, UK.

John Morton is Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Modern / General
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies