Extending the work of The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals and Newspapers, this volume provides a critical introduction and case studies that illustrate cutting-edge approaches to periodicals research, as well as an overview of recent developments in the field. The twelve chapters model diverse approaches and methodologies for research on nineteenth-century periodicals. Each case study is contextualized within one of the following broad areas of research: single periodicals, individual journalists, gender issues, periodical networks, genre, the relationship between periodicals, transnational/transatlantic connections, technologies of printing and illustration, links within a single periodical, topical subjects, science and periodicals, and imperialism and periodicals. Contributors incorporate first-person accounts of how they conducted their research and provide specific examples of how they gained access to primary sources, as well as the methods they used to analyze the materials.

The 2018 winner of the Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize.

The Committee describes the focus of the book on methodology and case studies as “fresh and original,” and “useful for both experienced scholars and those new to the field.”

"Overall. Case Studies suggests new ways of reading canonical authors, new unerstandings of the interprentation of the personal and the public, and an admirable energy in engaging with the structures of national and transnational periodical discourses that are clearly implicated in maintaining soft power within societies"

-- Brian Maidment, Liverpool John Moores University

chapter |13 pages


Researching the nineteenth-century periodical press: case studies
ByAlexis Easley, Andrew King, John Morton

chapter 1|16 pages

Researching a single journalist

Alfred Austin
ByJohn Morton

chapter 2|16 pages

Researching gender issues

Eliza Cook, Charlotte Cushman, and transatlantic celebrity, 1845–54
ByAlexis Easley

chapter 3|14 pages

Bibliographic issues

Titles, numbers, frequencies
ByBeth Gaskell

chapter 4|14 pages

Researching periodical networks

William and Mary Howitt
ByJoanne Shattock

chapter 5|17 pages

Researching a periodical genre

Classifications, codes, and relational terms
ByFionnuala Dillane

chapter 6|11 pages

Researching the relationship between two periodicals

Representations of George Eliot in the Girl’s Own Paper and Atalanta
ByBeth Rodgers

chapter 7|13 pages

Researching transnational/transatlantic connections

The 1865 Atlantic cable expedition
ByCatherine Waters

chapter 8|16 pages

Researching technologies of printing and illustration

Clement Shorter, Phil May, and photomechanical reproduction in the Sketch
ByGerry Beegan

chapter 9|14 pages

Who do you think they were?

What genealogy databases can do for Victorian periodical studies
ByMarianne Van Remoortel

chapter 10|16 pages

The body in the archive

Reading the working woman’s reading
ByMargaret Beetham

chapter 11|14 pages

Researching science and periodicals

Satire and scientific jargon in Punch
ByGregory Tate

chapter 12|17 pages

Researching empire and periodicals

ByChandrika Kaul