Thank You…and Watch This Space!

As our blogging journey comes to an end, we would just like to thank all of you who have read, commented and bloggged with us since April. It has been a wonderful and fascinating experience and I think we have all learnt something new about Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities and All the Year Round.

This seems like the perfect moment for you to share your feedback with us, so please use the comments below to let us know your experiences — good, bad and otherwise! Also, if you haven’t already then please do take a moment to complete our users’ survey. There are only 10  questions and it will only take 5-10 minutes. We have had such fascinating and useful responses so far:

A Tale of Two Cities Blog User’ Survey 

Those of you familiar with Household Words and All the Year Round will know that the last page often featured small adverts for new novel serialisations. So, in that spirit…

COMMENCING IN THE NEW YEAR

A NEW WEEK-BY WEEK BLOG! 

FEATURING A ‘SENSATIONAL’ VICTORIAN NOVELIST

Available from all good internet providers 

If you would like to be kept up-to-date with details of the new blog then please either check back here in the New Year, or send us your email (djo@buckingham.ac.uk) and we will contact you.

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About Ben Winyard

Ben Winyard is the Digital Publications Officer at Birkbeck, University of London. He completed his PhD at Birkbeck, where he also worked as an intern on '19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century' (www.19.bbk.ac.uk). More recently, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher and senior editor on the Dickens Journals Online project (www.djo.org.uk).

3 thoughts on “Thank You…and Watch This Space!

  1. Thanks Ben, and everyone else – it’s been a pleasure. A Merry Christmas to one and all, and we’ll meet again in the new year!

  2. Yes, it’s been a pleasure – albeit a frustrating one. It’s got me thinking, however, of how much cultural “product” can be seen as a serial these days — TV and radio, obviously, but also the way news stories are sometimes presented as “soap opera”, and sporting events, too (note the phraseology “Test series”, “World Series” etc). And indeed when we read any novels, biographies or whatever in our own time, making a habit perhaps of reading a chapter or two before going to sleep, aren’t we by making our own breaks between “episodes” doing our own serialising?… I’m rather ignorant in this area, but are there any literary theorists or philosophers who have tackled the idea of seriality seriously (forgive the play on words)?

    • Sorry to be slow on this John – I’d recommend Linda Hughes and Michael Lund’s great book, ‘The Victorian Serial’. Jennifer Hayward also has a really interesting take on this in ‘Consuming Pleasures: Active Audiences and Serial Fictions from Dickens to Soap Opera’.

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