Seriality studies has blossomed over the past ten years or so, taking shape as a coherent set of methodologies in book and print-culture history, literary criticism, and media studies. If it has not yet achieved the explanatory comprehensiveness of such well-established approaches as queer studies and narrative studies, seriality studies is poised to join them as a significant interdisciplinary mode of thinking about textual forms. Subjects for seriality studies now range from daily comics to twentieth-century daily soap operas, from HBO shows to Victorian part-issue novels, from film sequels and remakes to intermedial adaptations. Broadly speaking, there are three leading approaches to serials. A poetics of serial form has emerged in such work as the formalist chapters in Robert C. Allen’s (1985) Speaking of Soap Operas, Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge’s (2018) exposition of the place of illustrations in Victorian serial forms, and the...
Serial Forms: The Unfinished Project of Modernity, 1815–1848
Robyn Warhol is College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of English and a core faculty member of Project Narrative at Ohio State University. Her most recent books include Love among the Archives: Writing the Lives of George Scharf, Victorian Bachelor, written with Helena Michie (2015); Narrative Theory Unbound: Queer and Feminist Interventions, edited with Susan S. Lanser (2015); and The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Narrative Theories, edited with Zara Dinnen (2018). For her new seriality website, see readinglikeavictorian.osu.edu.
Robyn Warhol; Serial Forms: The Unfinished Project of Modernity, 1815–1848. Modern Language Quarterly 1 December 2021; 82 (4): 542–545. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00267929-9366035
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