1st Edition

Transmedia Practices in the Long Nineteenth Century

Edited By Christina Meyer, Monika Pietrzak-Franger Copyright 2022
    208 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume provides engaging accounts with transmedia practices in the long nineteenth century and offers model analyses of Victorian media (e.g., theater, advertising, books, games, newspapers) alongside the technological, economic, and cultural conditions under which they emerged in the Anglophone world.

    By exploring engagement tactics and forms of audience participation, the book affords insight into the role that social agents – e.g., individual authors, publishing houses, theatre show producers, lithograph companies, toy manufacturers, newspaper syndicates, or advertisers – played in the production, distribution, and consumption of Victorian media. It considers such examples as Sherlock Holmes, Kewpie Dolls, media forms and practices such as cut-outs, popular lectures, telephone conversations or early theater broadcasting, and such authors as Nellie Bly, Mark Twain, and Walter Besant, offering insight into the variety of transmedia practices present in the long nineteenth century.

    The book brings together methods and theories from comics studies, communication and media studies, English and American studies, narratology and more, and proposes fresh ways to think about transmediality. Though the target audiences are students, teachers, and scholars in the humanities, the book will also resonate with non-academic readers interested in how media contents are produced, disseminated, and consumed, and with what implications.

    Foreword by Matthew Freeman

    1.Nineteenth-Century Transmedia Practices: An Introduction
    Christina Meyer and Monika Pietrzak-Franger

    Part I: Technology, Culture, Democracy

    2. Literary Events and Real Policies: The Transmedia Cases of Walter Besant’s All Sorts and Conditions of Men (1882) and George Chesney’s The Battle of Dorking (1871)
    Eckart Voigts

    3. Telephonic Conversations: The Phone and Transmedia Competition in the Culture of the Progressive Era
    Martin Lüthe

    4. Transmedial Experience in Nineteenth-Century Live Theater Broadcasting
    Heidi Liedke

    5. Rose O’Neill’s Kewpies and Early Transmedia Practices
    Ian Gordon

    Part II: Crossroads of Fact and Fiction

    6. Transmedia Practices Toward a Popular Cultural Sphere: Lippard, Thompson, and Nineteenth-Century Serialities
    Lisanna Wiele

    7. “She Lectured and Attended Lectures”: Transmedia Practices and Female Vocality in Late-Nineteenth-Century Cultures of Public Lecturing and Mass Print
    Anne-Julia Zwierlein

    8. Mobilizations: How Nellie Bly Traveled the World
    Christina Meyer

    Part III: Transmedia Sherlock

    9. “To Just Steal the Name of a Character”: Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and the Conditions of Transmedia Dispersion
    Roberta Pearson

    10. Creating Transmedia Fan Engagement in Victorian Periodicals: The Case of Sherlock Holmes
    Ann McClellan


    Christina Meyer is Associate Professor of American Studies, currently working at the TU Braunschweig, Germany. She is the author of Producing Mass Entertainment: The Serial Life of the Yellow Kid (2019).

    Monika Pietrzak-Franger is Professor of British Cultural and Literary Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. She has published on adaptation, transmediality, medicine and culture, (neo-)Victorianism, science, and globalization.

    [An] outstanding project [that] allows us to see both the forest and the trees, the particular as a way into mapping a broader ecology of media practices in the long 19th century.

    The editors [do] a spectacular job of […] describing why this period is important to our understanding of transmedia, why transmedia as a frame helps us to understand this period, why a practice-focus approach is valuable, and how the various contributors fit within this larger framework.

    Henry Jenkins, Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the University of Southern California, USA