Sunday, January 10, 2016
Reading serialized novels from the Victorian era
Mysteries are one of the favoured fiction genres. Sherlock Holmes, depicted above in silhouette, has had at least half a dozen iterations in film and television. Many of Agatha Christie's books--think of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot--are eagerly watched and even translated across the globe. I recently read that a favourite of mine, Murdoch Mysteries, is now viewed in 120 countries.
The Victorian Reading Project from Stanford University 'seeks to reanimate . . . the Victorian encounter with serial novels, one issue at a time. You can down load and read for free the work covered so far, Dickens and Sherlock Holmes completed with annotated guides.
This is an era that fascinates many with the Gothic steampunk novels that stretch the reality of the Victorian era to many novels set at a time of scientific invention and unfamiliar morality.