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Media and Print Culture Consumption in Nineteenth-Century Britain

The Victorian Reading Experience

  • Paul Raphael Rooney
  • Anna Gasperini

Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)

About this book


This book explores Victorian readers’ consumption of a wide array of reading matter. Established scholars and emerging researchers examine nineteenth-century audience encounters with print culture material such as periodicals, books in series, cheap serials, and broadside ballads. Two key strands of enquiry run through the volume. First, these studies of historical readership during the Victorian period look to recover the motivations or desired returns that underpinned these audiences’ engagement with this reading matter. Second, contributors investigate how nineteenth-century reading and consumption of print was framed and/or shaped by contemporaneous engagement with content disseminated in other media like advertising, the stage, exhibitions, and oral culture.  


History of reading Victorian studies Popular fiction Periodicals Book history

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Raphael Rooney
    • 1
  • Anna Gasperini
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EnglishTrinity College DublinDublin 2Ireland
  2. 2.Department of EnglishNational University of Ireland, GalwayGalwayIreland

About the editors

Paul Raphael Rooney is Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His research interests include the history of Victorian reading, series publishing, nineteenth-century periodicals, and popular literature. He has previously published in Victorian Periodicals Review, Women’s Writing, and Publishing History.

Anna Gasperini is a final year PhD candidate at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she is completing a thesis on discourses of ethics, monstrosity, and medicine in the Victorian penny blood. At NUIG, she also teaches a seminar module on Victorian popular fiction. She is the current Membership Secretary of the Victorian Popular Fiction Association.

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