- Series: Victorian Literature and Culture Series
- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: University of Virginia Press (February 5, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813927838
- ISBN-13: 978-0813927831
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,711,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dynamics of Genre: Journalism and the Practice of Literature in Mid-Victorian Britain (Victorian Literature and Culture Series)
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"Liddle's clear, easy-to-read, and notably original study makes a major contribution to the study of Victorian periodicals. In chapters that deftly illustrate their point through close readings, Liddle demonstrates that attending to the genres of periodical writing illuminates their protocols and achievements and enables scholars to overcome the limitations of sociological generalizations about the cultural effects of journalism. Liddle sets periodical scholarship on a new course and persuasively forecasts the riches to be gained."(Robert L. Patten, Rice University, author of George Cruikshank's Life, Times, and Art)
"Using Mikhail Bakhtin's work to formulate a theory of the interactions of literary and journalistic genres, Dallas Liddle takes important steps toward mapping the variety of genres employed by Victorian journalists. In The Dynamics of Genre, Liddle ably demonstrates that although most scholars read periodicals as a simple single genre, periodical writing consists of a series of related genre templates that evolved with and against each other. Throughout this interesting, clearly argued book, Liddle addresses the question of how periodical genres interact with and affect the literary genres that exist alongside them."(Victorian Periodicals Review)
"This is an ambitious book, and most of it is characterized by the sort of precise close reading and analysis valued in literary studies...Liddle offers a compelling argument in a clear and engaging scholarly voice."(H-Net)
"The Dynamics of Genre is a critical narrative with a voice. The shaping intelligence of Liddle's schema is everywhere evident in its argument, and he regularly explains why he excludes and rejects other approaches. Moreover, some of the newspaper and periodical material is fresh, and Liddle's close readings of exemplary case studies--even when problematic--are always interesting."(NBOL-19)
About the Author
Dallas Liddle is Associate Professor of English at Augsburg College. His articles have appeared in Victorians Institute Journal and Victorian Studies.