The Serial Experience
The Serial Experience is designed to give students of 19th century literature a more intimate understanding of what it was like to read the novels of Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, and others in their original form. The era’s dominant literary genre, serial novels were a communal experience—read aloud and shared among Victorians of all classes. Currently in a prototype phase, this project already allows students to access every installment of Dickens’ Bleak House, including the advertising and artwork that accompanied the original publications. In addition, a timeline allows scholars to examine works in context, making it easy to see, for example, which novels were published concurrently, how often installments appeared, and what the full run was for a wide range of works. Users are also able to form online reading groups to discuss installments.
An early prototype can be accessed here.
Hyperstudio RoleCreated a strategy for presenting materials online. Developed a prototype, including a timeline of serial novels and a faceted browser.
HyperStudio Team: Kurt Fendt, Whitney Trettien
Project Lead: James Buzard, MIT professor of literature and head of the Literature Section at MIT
University of California–Riverside: Joseph Childers