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Periodical Poetry Resources

Some suggested further reading on periodical poetry:

General Materials

Kay Boardman, “Charting the Golden Stream: Recent Work on Victorian Periodicals,” Victorian Studies Vol. 48, 2006, 505-17

Laurel Brake and Julie F. Codell (eds.), Encounters in the Periodical Press: Editors, Authors, Readers (Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor (eds.), Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland (Ghent and London: Academic Press and the British Library, 2009)

Hilary Fraser, Stephanie Green, and Judith Johnstone, Gender and the Victorian Periodical (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Terence Allan Hoagwood and Kathryn Ledbetter, Colour’d Shadows: Contexts in Publishing, Printing, and Reading Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers (Palgrave Macmillan 2005)

Linda K. Hughes and Michael Lund, The Victorian Serial (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1991)

Mary Ellis Gibson, Indian Angles: English Verse in Colonial India from Jones to Tagore (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2011)

Andrew Hobbs, “Five Million Poems, or the Local Press as Poetry Publisher, 1800-1900,” Victorian Periodicals Review Vol. 45, No. 4, Winter 2012, 488-92

Natalie M. Houston, “Newspaper Poems: Material Texts in the Public Sphere”, Victorian Studies, Vol. 50, No. 2, Winter 2008, 233-42

Natalie M. Houston, Lindsay Lawrence, and April Patrick, “Teaching and Learning with the Periodical Poetry Index,” Victorian Periodicals Review Vol. 45, No. 2, 2012, 224-7

Linda K. Hughes, “What the Wellesley Left Out: Why Poetry Matters to Periodical Studies”, Victorian Periodicals Review, Vol. 40, No. 2, Summer 2007, 91-125

Sean Latham and Robert Scholes, “The Rise of Periodical Studies,” PMLA Vol. 121, 2006, 517-31

Kathryn Ledbetter, British Victorian Women’s Periodicals: Beauty, Civilization, and Poetry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Bob, Nicholson, “Digital Detectives: Rediscovering the Scholar Adventurer’, Victorian Periodicals Review Vol. 45, No. 2, 2012, 215-23

Bob Nicholson, “‘You Kick the Bucket; We Do the Rest!’: Jokes and the Culture of Reprinting in the Transatlantic Press,” Journal of Victorian Culture Vol. 17, No.  3, 2012, 273-86.

Jennifer Phegley, Educating the Proper Woman Reader: Victorian Family Literary Magazines and the Cultural Health of the Nation (Ohio State University Press, 2004)

Andrew D. Stauffer, ‘The Nineteenth-Century Archive in the Digital Age’, European Romantic Review Vol. 23, No. 3, 2012, 335-41

Joel H. Weiner, The Americanization of the British Press, 1830s-1914: Speed in the Age of Transatlantic Journalism (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Working-Class Periodical Poetry

Florence Boos, ‘‘The ‘Homely Muse’ in her Diurnal Setting: ‘Marie,’ Janet Hamilton, and Fanny Forrester in the Periodical Press,’’ Victorian Poetry, Vol. 39, 2001, 255–85

Florence Boos, ‘‘Queen of the Far-Famed Penny Post: Ellen Johnston, ‘The Factory Girl’ and Her Audience,’’ Women Writers, Vol. 10, 2003, 503–26

Michael Sanders, The Poetry of Chartism: Aesthetics, Politics, History (Cambridge University Press, 2009)


Joseph Bristow, “‘The Armytage-Tomson-Watson Sequence’: Poetic Illustrations in the Periodical Press, 1886-96”, Victorian Literature and Culture, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2006, 519-51

Linda K. Hughes, “Inventing Poetry and Pictorialism in Once a Week: A Magazine of Visual Effects,” Victorian Poetry, Vol. 48, No. 1, Spring 2010, 41-72

Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Poetry, Pictures and Popular Publishing: The Illustrated Gift Book and Victorian Visual Culture 1855-1875 (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2011)

Studies on Specific Periodical Titles

Eileen M. Curran, ‘‘Verse in Bentley’s Miscellany vols. 1–36,’’ Victorian Periodicals Review Vol. 32, No. 2, Summer 1999, 103–59

Caley Ehnes, “Religion, Readership, and the Periodical Press: The Place of Poetry in Good Words,” Victorian Periodicals Review Vol. 45 No. 4, Winter 2012, 466-87

Elizabeth Gray, “Poetry and Patriotism in The Woman’s Penny Paper/Woman’s Herald, 1888-1893: ‘One swift, bright fore-gleam of celestial day,” Victorian Periodicals Review Vol. 45, No. 2, Summer 2012, 134-57

Linda K. Hughes, “Women Poets and Contested Spaces in The Yellow Book,” Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, Vol. 44, No. 4, Autumn 2004, 849-72

Ella Ann Oppenhander, Dickens’s “All the Year Round”: Descriptive Index and Contributor List (Albany, N. Y.: Whitston, 2005)

Rosemary Scott, “Poetry in the Cornhill Magazine: Thackeray’s Influence,” Victorian Periodicals Review, Vol. 32, No. 3, Fall 1999, 269-74

Ingrid Satelmajer, “When a Consumer Becomes an Editor: Susan Hayes Ward and the Poetry of the The Independent“, Textual Cultures, Vo. 2, No. 1, Spring 2007, 78-100

Roger Simpson, “A Minor Road to Camelot: Once a Week, 1859-1867,” Arthuriana, Vol. 1, No. 4, Spring 1994, 46-69

Individual Poets and the Periodical Press

Alison Chapman, “Vulgar Needs: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Profit, and Literary Value”, in Francis O’Gorman (ed.), Victorian Literature and Finance (Oxford University Press, 2007)

Alison Chapman, “Poetry, Network, Nation: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Expatriate Women’s Poetry,” Victorian Studies Vol. 55, No. 2, Winter 2012, 275-85

Kathryn Ledbetter, ‘‘Protesting Success: Tennyson’s ‘Indecent Exposure’ in the Periodicals,’’ Victorian Poetry, Vol. 43, Spring 2005, 3–73

Kathryn Ledbetter, Tennyson and Victorian Periodicals: Commodities in Context (Ashgate, 2007)

Andrew Maunder, “The Effects of Context: Christina Rossetti, ‘Maude Clare,’ and Once a Week in 1859”, The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies Vol. 8, Spring 1999, 34-49

Rose Novak, “Reviving ‘Eva’ of The Nation?: Eva O’Doherty’s Young Ireland Newspaper Poetry,” Victorian Periodicals Review Vol. 45, No. 4, Winter 2012, 436-65


Laurel Brake, “Half Full and Half Empty,” Journal of Victorian Culture Vol. 17, No. 2, 2012, 222-9

Dallas Liddle, “Reflections on 20,000 Victorian Newspapers: ‘Distant Reading’ The Times using The Times Digital Archive“, Journal of Victorian Culture Vol. 17, No. 2, 2012, 230-7

James Mussell, “Nineteenth-Century Newspapers in the Digital Age,” Journal of Victorian Culture Vol. 17, No. 2, 2012, 222-9

Bob Nicholson, “Counting Culture; or, How to Read Victorian Newspapers from a Distance,”Journal of Victorian Culture Vol. 17, No. 2, 2012, 238-46

Teaching Periodical Poetry

Linda K. Hughes, “Wilde Pedagogy: Digitized Resources and Gender Analysis of Periodical Visuality”, Victorian Periodicals Review Vol. 45, No. 2, 2012, 228-38

Michael Lund and Leigha McReynolds, “The Class as Periodical: A Contemporary ‘Humanities Lab,'” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture Vol. 9, No. 2, 2009, 289-313

Other Resources:

Curran Index

Magazine Modernisms: Dedicated to Modern Periodical Studies

Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition

Victorian Periodicals Review

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

Rosemary T. VanArsdel, “Victorian Periodicals: Aids to Research: A Selected Bibliography”

The Yellow Nineties Online

Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals: 1800-1900

Modernist Magazines Project

Godey’s Lady’s Book

Rossetti Archive: Periodicals

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