Victorian Periodicals and Academic Discourse

  • B. E. Maidment


Among contemporary scholarly periodicals the Victorian Periodicals Review and the Journal of Newspaper and Periodical History are the specialist focus of research and they bring together empirical information in a cumulative way as well as permitting some investigation of the complexities of editorial policy, readership analysis or ideological position. The common purpose and will of these periodicals is readily apparent, but so are the disparate purposes and methodologies of the contributors, and it is useful to try to think why so little of this specialist, formalistic, approach to periodicals has been taken up elsewhere in scholarly publishing.


Academic Discourse Landscape Painting Editorial Policy Readership Analysis Ideological Discourse 
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  1. 1.
    A. Hemingway, ‘Cultural Philanthropy and the Invention of the Norwich School’, Oxford Art Journal II (1988) 17–39.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    D.H. Solkin, Richard Wilson: The Landscape of Reaction (London, 1982); M. Rosenthal, Constable: The Painter and His Landscape (New Haven, 1983); J. Barrell, The Dark Side of the Landscape: The Rural Poor in English Painting 1730–1840 (Cambridge, 1980); A. Bermingham, Landscape and Ideology: The English Rustic Tradition 1740–1860 (Berkeley, Calif., 1987).Google Scholar
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    For a polemical survey see N. McWilliam and A. Potts, ‘The Landscape of Reaction’ originally published in History Workshop Journal in 1983 and reprinted in A.L. Rees and F. Borzello (eds), The New Art History (London, 1986) pp. 106–19.Google Scholar
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    J. Shattock and M. Wolff (eds), The Victorian Periodical Press: Samplings and Soundings (Leicester, 1982).Google Scholar

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