First Steps toward a History of the Mid-Victorian Novel in Colonial Australia

Abstract

The author’s approach is ‘to use quantitative reading data to analyse the circulation of Victorian written culture in a range of Australian colonial contexts, and to construct from that analysis locally situated re-readings of well-known and lesser-known novels’ (275). By looking at library records and establishing borrowing patterns, Dolin examines reading culture in colonial South Australia, using as an example the reception and impact of Dickens’s Great Expectations.

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Published 1 May 2006 in Volume 22 No. 3. Subjects: Colonial life, Readers, Reading.

Cite as: Dolin, Tim. ‘First Steps toward a History of the Mid-Victorian Novel in Colonial Australia.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 22, no. 3, 2006. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.4f997585fc.