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British Settler Emigration in Print, 1832–1877$
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Jude Piesse

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198752967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198752967.001.0001

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Motion, Migration, and Periodical Form

Motion, Migration, and Periodical Form

(p.21) 1 Motion, Migration, and Periodical Form
British Settler Emigration in Print, 1832–1877

Jude Piesse

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the Victorian periodical constituted an inherently mobile form, which was uniquely well equipped to register emigration. The first section explores the periodical’s investment in circulation, associations with technologies of motion and transport, transnational range, portability, and fluid formal dynamics. The second section argues that periodicals were foundationally preoccupied with the social construction of mobilities. Mainstream periodicals not only frequently galvanized real acts of emigration, but also worked to transform ideologically suspect modes of emigrant mobility into safer currents associated with circulation, liberty, and progress. More dissident mobilities were contained through recourse to a regulatory spatio-temporal framework. This capacity to dramatize interplays between forces of fixity and forces of flow gave the periodical particular affinities with settler emigration and enabled it to represent and moderate emigrant mobility to a greater extent than other forms. The chapter’s final section reveals how these dynamics operated in emigrant voyage texts.

Keywords:   Victorian periodical, mobility studies, transnational circulation, periodical form, settler emigration, emigration literature, Victorian emigration, nineteenth-century emigration, British settler emigration, emigrant voyage

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