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Nineteenth-Century Serial Narrative in Transnational Perspective, 1830s−1860s

Popular Culture—Serial Culture

  • Daniel Stein
  • Lisanna Wiele


  • Focuses on the transnational aspects in continental Europe and beyond of popular fiction in serial form

  • Argues that popular serial storytelling was one of the decisive forces reshaping nineteenth-century cultures and societies across the Western hemisphere

  • Investigates the many networks producing and produced by serial popular fiction, the emergence of a transnational print culture, and the workings of an increasingly international market for books and periodicals at a crucial point in the formation of popular culture


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. The Transnational Spread of the Feuilleton Novel

  3. The Antebellum Literary Market: Authors, Publishers, Institutions

  4. The City Mystery Novel in England and the United States

About this book


'Popular Culture—Serial Culture is the first book to explore serial fiction and the city-mysteries novel in a transatlantic context. Thoughtfully edited and introduced by Daniel Stein and Lisanna Wiele, Popular Culture—Serial Culture features original essays on many aspects of nineteenth-century serial publication by scholars from various countries. This book is an important and timely contribution to book history and transatlantic cultural studies.'
— David S. Reynolds, CUNY Graduate Center, author of Mightier than the Sword: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and the Battle for America and Beneath the American Renaissance

 'Popular Culture—Serial Culture addresses in a comprehensive and thoughtful way a significant gap in our scholarship on early popular culture: the complicated and generative transnational circulation of serial texts through an increasingly frenetic popular print culture defined by piracies, “borrowings,” and adaptations. Popular Culture—Serial Culture allows us to reorient our understanding of popular culture by finally making visible how popular culture was always complicating national borders and literary cultures in ways that have ramifications for how we must understand pop culture today.'
Jared Gardner, Professor and Director of Popular Culture Studies at The Ohio State University, USA, and author of Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845 and The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture

'As an enthusiast for the transnational turn in literary studies, with a special interest in the nineteenth-century serial boom, I am delighted to see this fine collection in print.'
 — Graham Law, Professor in Media History, Waseda University, Japan


Nineteenth century writing Serial narrative Transnational writing Popular culture Serial storytelling Feuilleton novel American city mystery novel Antebellum literature

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel Stein
    • 1
  • Lisanna Wiele
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of SiegenSiegenGermany
  2. 2.Department of EnglishUniversity of SiegenSiegenGermany

About the editors

Daniel Stein is Professor of North American Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Siegen, Germany.

Lisanna Wiele is a PhD candidate in North American Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Siegen, Germany.

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