• An Archaeology of Victorian Newspapers

    Author(s):
    Paul Fyfe (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English, TC Digital Humanities, TM Book History, Print Cultures, Lexicography
    Subject(s):
    British literature, Digital humanities, Media studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    19th Century, media archaeology, newspapers, periodicals, remediation
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6C33Q
    Abstract:
    This article tracks the transmission history of British newspapers from their nineteenth-century printing and library accession through microfilming and eventual digitization. It argues that scholarly use of digitized historical resources has overlooked a largely hidden history of how Victorian data gets to now. Studying Victorian periodicals against the longue durée of their mediation compasses not simply technological processes, but also the discursive contexts in which those practices took shape, including twentieth-century political economies of global conflict, the intelligence community’s alliances with scholarly associations and research libraries, gendered and outsourced labor, and commercial technofuturism. The article follows the lead of several scholars in media studies and critical bibliography to outline—and then pursue—a method for investigating these material histories, an “archaeology” to better grasp the historiography of our research objects which have arrived, for the moment, as digital. Such an approach is crucial not only for understanding the mediated conditions of scholarly materials, but also to make possible informed critique of the how they are created, sold, accessed, and used, including by casual users as well as scholars interested in computational techniques.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Publisher:
    The Johns Hopkins University Press
    Issue:
    Volume 49, Number 4, Winter 2016
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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