Seriality, miscellaneity, and compression in nineteenth-century print

Mark W. Turner*

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This article explores the relationship between seriality, miscellaneity, and compression in nineteenth-century print. Thinking about seriality and miscellaneity raises questions about form and format (aesthetics) alongside mechanism (technology). I argue that, taken together, seriality and miscellaneity are the twin engines that drive a compressive dynamic of print in the period, in which we see the pressures of expansion and spread. They are also, however, engines of reduction and contraction. I discuss sev-eral print media examples—including newspaper press directories, G. W. M. Reynolds’s serial The Mysteries of London (1844-56), and literary miscellanies—to complicate our understanding of both seriality and miscellaneity and to posit a more enmeshed understanding of both.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-294
Number of pages12
Issue number2
Early online date1 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


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