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A Different Context for Sensation: Serialization, Celebrity Culture, and the Feminist Press

Beth Palmer

in Women's Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599110
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599110.003.0002

Series: Oxford English Monographs

A Different Context for Sensation: Serialization, Celebrity Culture, and the Feminist Press

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The first chapter explores the new conditions of the press in the 1850s and 1860s that made it possible for Braddon, Wood and Marryat to become successful author-editors. The trends in the periodical press towards greater proportions of serialized fiction and the rise of the celebrity editor (notably Charles Dickens and Mrs Beeton) gave rise to a magazine market in which Braddon, Wood, and Marryat could flourish. The beginnings of the feminist press formulated by the Langham Place Group also provided important exemplars as to how popular, fiction-based magazines might retain a political perspective on the woman question. These mid-century changes to press culture offer a new context for the success of sensation fiction of the 1860s and 1870s.

Keywords: serialization; celebrity; author-editor; Charles Dickens; Mrs Beeton; feminist press

Chapter.  14102 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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