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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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Novels of Serial Settlement

Novels of Serial Settlement

(p.81) 3 Novels of Serial Settlement
British Settler Emigration in Print, 1832–1877

Jude Piesse

Oxford University Press

This chapter reappraises the Victorian novel’s intersections with settler emigration by reconceptualizing it as a topical serial text embedded in a wider periodical print culture. It argues that challenging the dominance of the novel in its book form and catching it instead at its most mobile and ephemeral enables us to expand and refine our understanding of migration’s impact upon the form. The first section of the chapter analyses periodical serial novels about settler emigration by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Elizabeth Hely Walshe, Anthony Trollope, George Sargent, Louisa Murray, and Mary Braddon. It argues that these texts manage emigrant mobility through complex modes of spatio-temporal containment, centring upon concepts of nostalgic domestic settlement that operate in conjunction with the dynamics of lengthy serialization. The second section demonstrates how considering Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations (1861–2) as a novel of serial settlement advances our understanding of its preoccupations with home, departure, and nostalgic return.

Keywords:   Victorian serial, serialization, settler emigration, Victorian periodical, Victorian emigration, nineteenth-century emigration, Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Mary Braddon

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