The Novelty of Newspapers

The Novelty of Newspapers : Victorian Fiction After the Invention of the News

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Arising in the 1800s and soon drawing a million readers a day, the commercial press profoundly influenced the work of Bronte, Braddon, Dickens, Conrad, James, Trollope, and others who mined print journalism for fictional techniques. Five of the most important of these narrative conventions-the shipping intelligence, personal advertisement, leading article, interview, and foreign correspondence-show how the Victorian novel is best understood alongside the simultaneous development of newspapers. In highly original analyses of Victorian fiction, this study also captures the surprising ways in which public media enabled the expression of private feeling among ordinary readers: from the trauma caused by a lover's reported suicide to the vicarious gratification felt during a celebrity interview; from the distress at finding one's behavior the subject of unflattering editorial commentary to the apprehension of distant cultures through the foreign correspondence. Combining a wealth of historical researchshow more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195369270
  • 9780195369274
  • 1,181,614

About Matthew Rubery

Matthew Rubery is a Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the editor or coeditor of Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies (Routledge, 2011) and Secret Commissions: An Anthology of Victorian Investigative Journalism (Broadview, 2012).show more

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CONTENTS ; Acknowledgments ; Illustrations ; Introduction: The Age of Newspapers ; Newspapers in Different Voices ; A Nation of News Readers ; A Newspaperized World ; PART I: THE FRONT PAGE ; 1. THE SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE ; Shipwrecks and Secret Tears from Dickens to Stoker ; The Latest Shipping Intelligence ; Why Victorian Heroines Read the Shipping News ; Shipwreck Spine ; Secret Tears for Ships Lost at Sea ; 2. THE PERSONAL ADVERTISEMENTS ; Advertisements, the Agony Column, and Sensation Novels of the 1860s ; The Short History of a Miserable Life ; A Double State of Existence ; The Sensation Novel in Embryo ; PART II: THE INNER PAGES ; 3. THE LEADING ARTICLE ; The Whispering Conscience in Trollope's Palliser Novels ; A Horror of Newspaper Men ; Thunderbolts from Mount Olympus ; Trollope's Whispering Conscience ; The Promise of Big Type in the Morning ; 4. THE PERSONAL INTERVIEW ; Wishing to Be Interviewed in Henry James ; Interviewed! ; The Rise of the Interview Society ; James's Overhearing Audience ; The Age of Interviewing ; 5. THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE ; Conrad's "Wild Story of a Journalist" ; Brains Pulsating to the Rhythm of Journalistic Phrases ; Stanley's Journalism by Warfare ; Kurtz's Letters from Africa ; Conclusion: The Back Page ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Indexshow more

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