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Serials to Graphic Novels: The Evolution of the Victorian Illustrated Book

Serials to Graphic Novels: The Evolution of the Victorian Illustrated Book

by Catherine J. Golden


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The Victorian illustrated book came into being, flourished, and evolved during the long nineteenth century. While existing scholarship on Victorian illustrators largely centers on the realist artists of the "Sixties," this volume examines the entire lifetime of the Victorian illustrated book. Catherine Golden offers a new framework for viewing the arc of this vibrant genre, arguing that it arose from and continually built on the creative vision of the caricature-style illustrators of the 1830s. She surveys the fluidity of illustration styles across serial installments, British and American periodicals, adult and children’s literature, and—more recently—graphic novels.

Serials to Graphic Novels examines widely recognized illustrated texts, such as The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Rabbit, and Trilby. Golden explores factors that contributed to the early popularity of the illustrated book—the growth of commodity culture, a rise in literacy, new printing technologies—and that ultimately created a mass market for illustrated fiction.

Golden identifies present-day visual adaptations of the works of Austen, Dickens, and Trollope as well as original Neo-Victorian graphic novels like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Victorian-themed novels like Batman: Noël as the heirs to the Victorian illustrated book. With these adaptations and additions, the Victorian canon has been refashioned and repurposed visually for new generations of readers.

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ISBN-13: 9780813064987
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Catherine J. Golden, professor of English and the Tisch Chair in Arts and Letters at Skidmore College, is the author of numerous books, including Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing and Images of the Woman Reader in Victorian British and American Fiction. She is also the editor or coeditor of five additional books on topics ranging from Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Victorian illustration, literature, and culture.

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"A valuable and comprehensive survey of an enormous subject. Extremely well-written and a significant addition to scholarship."—Paul Goldman, coeditor of Reading Victorian Illustration, 1855-1875: Spoils of the Lumber Room

"A marvelous overview of how and why illustrations became an integral part of Victorian fiction. Golden documents a remarkable continuity from early nineteenth-century caricatures to realistic portrait-based illustrations to current graphic rewritings of familiar classics."—Martha Vicinus, author of Intimate Friends: Women Who Loved Women, 1778-1928

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