Mary Elizabeth Leighton et Lisa Surridge, “Object Lessons: The Victorians and the Material Text”, Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens, 84, Autumn 2016. http://cve.revues.org/2861
This volume offers a series of ‘object lessons’ on Victorian publications from broadsides to Bibles, asking what the material forms of these texts teach us about their significance in Victorian culture.
Some of our contributors direct their attention to the neglected material forms of the Victorian period—the blank journal, the almanac, the broadside temperance ballad, the thumb Bible, the Illustrated London News’s special issue printed at the Great Exhibition of 1851, and magazines for blind readers. Others consider the under-studied original material forms of now-canonical texts, including the serial and first edition of Sketches by Boz (1836), the first ‘whole book’ written by Dickens as he emerged from his early journalistic career; the first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), whose page layout constructs an active child reader; and the neglected serial edition of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw (1898), written as a marketable commodity by a writer who scorned—but could not afford to ignore —the commodity market. Spanning a temporal range from the
1820s to 1912, all contributions focus attention on the physical ‘book-object’ as nineteenth- and twentieth-century readers encountered it—in all its insistent physicality.
Mary Elizabeth Leighton et Lisa Surridge, Object Lessons: The Victorians and the Material Text
Steel Bubbles: Death, Inexhaustibility, and Dickens’s Idea of the Book in Sketches by Boz, First Series (1836)
‘Larks in Season’: The Comic Almanack (1835–54)
Alyssa J. Currie
The Victorian Thumb Bible as Material Object: Charles Tilt’s The Little Picture Testament (1839)
‘The Drunkard’s Raggit Wean’: Broadside Culture and the Politics of Temperance Verse
A Great Exhibition of Printing: The Illustrated London News Supplement Sheet (1851)
‘The Kindly Fruits of the Earth’: The Materiality of the Cornhill Magazine (1860)
Submission and Agency, or the Role of the Reader in the First Editions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871)
Linda K. Hughes
George Eliot’s ‘Greek Vocabulary’ Notebook (c. 1873) as Commodity and Rare Artefact
The Triptych of Dorian Gray (1890–91): Reading Wilde’s Novel as Three Print Objects
Material Turns of the Screw: The Collier’s Weekly Serialization of The Turn of the Screw (1898)
Blindness and Design: Kneass’ Philadelphia Magazine for the Blind (1899)
Framing the Woman Poet: William Archer’s Poets of the Younger Generation (1902)
Jeremy Valentine Freeman
Decoration, Deviation, and the Selected Edition: Some Poems of Lionel Johnson (1912)
Images ‘in the air’ in George Moore’s Lewis Seymour and Some Women and Modern Painting
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Christian Auer, Scotland and the Scots 1707-2007: A Reader.
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Bridget Walsh, Domestic Murder in Nineteenth–Century England: Literary and Cultural Representations. Farnham, Sussex, U.K.: Ashgate, 2014, 185 p. ISBN : 9781472421036
Elisabeth Jay, British Writers in Paris 1830-1875. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, 325 p. ISBN: 9780199655243