When editorial clashes spill into the print pages of “Hearts Insurgent”

By Theresa J. Malloy Victorian author Thomas Hardy had a strong aversion toward the serialized publication of his story, “Hearts Insurgent,” which appeared in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in December 1894 through November 1895. The serial became a hit early on, earning special promotion by a famous author and improved editorial treatment in the magazine….

The Bloodless Horror of Carmilla

by Angela Drennen The “Address to the Public” by the editor of the Dark Blue magazine on February 1st, 1872 acknowledges that to appeal to a general public: “It follows, therefore, that a magazine of this nature should contain articles on both sides of every question—for surely there are two sides to every question.”[1] Perhaps…

Subjective and Objective Knowledge in The Moonstone

By L. Assad In his study entitled Caught in the Act: Theatricality in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel, Joseph Litvak explains that “the sensation novel is the most obviously theatrical Victorian subgenre” (129). Wilkie Collins, author of The Woman in White, once famously declared that “the Novel and the Play are twin-sisters in the family of…

Love, Nature and Conquest in Macmillan’s Magazine

By Jordan Osterman Love and nature are two of the most timeless and ancient forces humans have maintained a relationship with, so it is no surprise to find both topics a common theme of poetry in the Victorian era, including in the works of noted poet Christina Rossetti. As Linda Hughes points out, love especially…

Victorian Family Magazines and the Elasticity of Time in Aurora Floyd

by Kaari Newman The notion of destiny runs throughout Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Aurora Floyd. On the one hand, it provides the all-important element of foreshadowing, a vital ingredient to keep readers in suspense of what will happen and prompt them to buy the next installment of the serial. On the other, it offers Braddon the…

“So Sped the Time”: Waiting and Interrupting in Victorian Women’s Periodicals

by Amy Valine What can a young woman do when confronted with the opportunity to transcend the boundaries of domestic temporality and actively manipulate time, rather than merely submit to it as inevitable? According to “Only a Flirtation” (1881) and “Madge Smith’s Revenge” (1895), two short stories appearing in Young Ladies’ Reader and Women’s Life,…

Layers of Containment in George Eliot’s “The Lifted Veil”

by Chelcy Walker Mark Turner’s article “Periodical Time in the Nineteenth Century” foregrounds his discussion of media time by highlighting one of the challenges that readers and writers of periodicals faced, namely that “time [was] a significant problem of nineteenth-century industrialized, urban modernity.”[1] Time, in both realistic and paranormal forms, is a significant theme in…

A Call for Reform

by Kristine Putz The first installment of Hard Times by Charles Dickens appears in Sunday, April 1st’s issue of Household Words where the first three chapters are published. The reader is introduced to Mr. Gradgrind and his intense and, thus far, unwavering commitment to facts over emotion where he is “an eminently practical father” (17),…