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During the 19th century, throughout the Anglophone world, most fiction was first published in periodicals. In Australia, newspapers were not only the main source of periodical fiction, but the main source of fiction in general. Because of their importance as fiction publishers, and because they provided Australian readers with access to stories from around the world—from Britain, America and Australia, as well as Austria, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, and beyond—Australian newspapers represent an important record of the transnational circulation and reception of fiction in this period.

?Investigating almost 10,000 works of fiction in the world’s largest collection of mass-digitized historical newspapers (the National Library of Australia’s Trove database), A World of Fiction reconceptualizes how fiction traveled globally, and was received and understood locally, in the 19th century. Katherine Bode’s innovative approach to the new digital collections that are transforming research in the humanities are a model of how digital tools can transform how we understand digital collections and interpret literatures in the past.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Titles, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Questions and Opportunities for Twenty-First-Century Literary History
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part I. The Digital World
  1. Chapter 1. Abstraction, Singularity, Textuality: The Equivalence of “Close” and “Distant” Reading
  2. pp. 17-36
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  1. Chapter 2. Back to the Future: A New Scholarly Object for (Data-Rich) Literary History
  2. pp. 37-58
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  1. Chapter 3. From World to Trove to Data: Tracing a History of Transmission
  2. pp. 59-82
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  1. Part II. Fiction in the World
  1. Chapter 4. Into the Unknown: Literary Anonymity and the Inscription of Reception
  2. pp. 85-122
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  1. Chapter 5. Fictional Systems: Network Analysis and Syndication Networks
  2. pp. 123-156
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  1. Chapter 6. “Man people woman life” / “Creek sheep cattlehorses”: Influence, Distinction, and Literary Traditions
  2. pp. 157-198
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  1. Conclusion: Whither Worlds and Data Futures
  2. pp. 199-210
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 211-228
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 229-244
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-252
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472123926
Related ISBN
9780472130856
MARC Record
OCLC
1036777096
Pages
260
Launched on MUSE
2018-06-07
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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