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Serial Marketing: Ouida in the 1860s

Serial Marketing: Ouida in the 1860s

King, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0003-2348-4231 (2018) Serial Marketing: Ouida in the 1860s. In: Open University History of Books and Reading with Institute of English Studies, 5 March 2018, Senate House, University of London. (Unpublished)

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Ouida was not known for her love of serialisation. In a letter to The Times (2 June 1883: 3) she wrote that in the serial form "the writer sacrifices form and harmony to the object of attaining an exciting fragment for each division of his work". Such hostility is hardly surprising: she started her career with a series of short stories and four serial novels, the last two of which were serialised simultaneously along with a slew of stories and opinion pieces. The intense workload caused her to collapse and retire to the country before she left for Italy where she spent the rest of her life. While some of her later work was serialised, she never again wrote fiction designed for serialisation. This paper compares the serial and volume form versions of the four early novels, placing each in their publishing contexts, and considering their varying relationship to time and current events. I shall also compare how they were serialised in English to how they appeared serially in translation outside Britain. More unusually, I shall also examine how these novels were advertised in serial campaigns avant la lettre. These campaigns will in turn be compared to the media planning of campaigns for other serials and volume-form novels by Ouida and her contemporaries. The paper thus seeks to make a contribution not simply to the study of Ouida but to the transnational history of nineteenth-century publishing and marketing in general.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: publishing, marketing, serial, serialisation, Ouida, popular fiction, Victorian fiction
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Literature & Drama Research Group
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2020 12:33

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