Dickens in Cyberspace

Okay, I’m stealing my post title from a book of the same name. However, I’m all kinds of excited about this new digital project from the University of Victoria, so much so, that I’ve posted in four different places now. Sorry for the overkill. What they’ve done is digitize five Dickens serials from the original part-issue editions. In other words, you can read Little Dorrit or Dombey and Son as Victorian readers initially experienced the serials, complete with blue paper covers and the advertising. This project is an example of the kinds of work occurring in the digital humanities that is making archival materials more accessible for study. I’m all kinds of giddy about the advertising. The adverts are the first thing to go when a serial made its way into a bound copy. And of course, readers today experience these texts in a Penguin Classic with no sense of these serials as commercial products.

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