Victorian Christmas in Print

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Springer, Jul 20, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 194 pages
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Although people may not realize it, the modern Christmas book market carries on a Victorian legacy. An explosion of Christmas print matter reinvigorated and regularized the holiday during the mid-Victorian period, infusing Christmas with emotionally-charged expectations of reading. Tara Moore elucidates the evolution of Christmas publishing trends that dictated authors writing schedules and reflected gift-giving rituals. As Victorian shopping customs evolved, publishers satisfied consumers with a range of holiday print matter, including novels, ghost stories, periodicals, children s books, and poetry. Ultimately, Victorian Christmas in Print analyzes how the revitalized holiday and the flurry of texts supporting it contributed to English national identity.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Books for Christmas 18221860
8
2 How Victorians Read Christmas
33
The Evolution of the Holiday in Periodicals
58
4 Ghost Stories at Christmas
81
Gifts and Commodities
99
6 The Poetry of Christmas
120
7 Modern Marketing of the Victorian Christmas
141
Notes
155
Works Cited
177
Index
191
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TARA MOORE teaches at Pennsylvania State University, York Campus, USA.