Listening Outward at NAVSA 2018

This year for the National Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) Conference, I transcribed two songs which were printed in The Weekly Telegraph in 1894. My paper, “Printing Synesthesia: Sensory Epistemologies in the Nineteenth-Century Newspaper,” was part of a panel in which I, Kate Nexbit (U Iowa), Miranda Butler (UC Riverside), and Shannon Draucker (Boston U) explored the intersections of sound, embodiment, and knowledge. It was a fascinating panel, and I’m so delighted to call these brilliant women my colleagues and friends.

For my presentation, I converted these songs to midi files and shared them with my audience. Because of the publication context, I think it’s fairly safe to say that panel attendees were the first people to hear these songs for about 120 years. You can listen too, below. I’ll also be posting excerpts from our panel over on Victorian Scribblers.

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Unifying Structures in The Weekly Telegraph (1894)

As promised, this week we are going to take a look at the unifying structures in the later iterations of The Sheffield Daily Telegraph supplement (which is called The Sheffield Weekly Telegraph and then just The Weekly Telegraph). I took extra time to put together this post, because I needed to prepare some supplementary materials for your entertainment and edification. Thank you for waiting patiently.

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A Brief Introduction to The Sheffield Daily Telegraph (1855-1950) and The Sheffield Weekly Telegraph (1884-1920)


According to my research (via The British Newspaper archive), The Sheffield Daily Telegraph ran from 1855-1950 under varied ownership. It was originally published by “bookseller, printer and patent medicine dealer, Joseph Pearce” and “sold…to Frederick Clifford and William Leng” in 1864 (source). Pearce’s third credential is part of the reason for my interest in this particular newspaper, as my dissertation looks at the intersections of print culture and embodiment from a variety of perspectives (including medical humanities).

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Fergus Hume’s Hagar of the Pawn-Shop (1898)

Fergus Hume’s episodic novel, Hagar of the Pawn-Shop, was published by Skeffington & Son (London) in 1898. Hume is best known for his first novel, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886), which was initially published in Australia, but he published prolifically throughout his life in a variety of genres.

In this post, I’ll be using an interlibrary-loan copy of the first edition of Hagar of the Pawn-Shop to talk about its materiality. Then, I’ll briefly discuss its contents and how the material form and contents cooperate and/or diverge in their individual purposes.


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