A Bibliographical Survey of Fiction Published in the British
and ANTHONY MANDAL
(Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, Cardiff University)
and RAINER SCHÖWERLING
(Projekt Corvey, Paderborn University)
April 2001, the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research
(CEIR) at Cardiff University began a two-year pilot project,
funded by the British Academy, to produce a bibliography of
British fiction spanning the years 1830–36. This follows
on from the cut-off date of the recently published bibliography,
The English Novel, 17701829: A Bibliographical Survey
of Fiction Published in the British Isles (OUP, 2000),
edited by Peter Garside, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling.
CEIR has collaborated once again with the Projekt Corvey team
at Paderborn University in order to extend the bibliographical
record so that the entirety of the Romantic era will be covered.
The period following the 1829 cut-off date
represents a new bibliographical challenge, since the character
of fiction production changes considerably in the immediate
wake of Scott’s Magnum Opus edition that year. Whereas
a methodology had been established for the inclusion and exclusion
in the original 1770–1829 bibliography, we are finding that
new guidelines will need to be established. The essence of
the pilot scheme is to explore fully what is a new map of
novel production: representative cases include the rapid increase
of serialisation as a primary form of publication and the
development of series such as Colburn and Bentley’s ‘Standard
Novels’, which commenced in 1831.
The resource presented within this website
represents the culmination of this joint effort, and provides—for
the first time—full bibliographical descriptions of
approximately 750 titles from the era. The bibliography is
divided into annual listings, supplemented by appendices (containing
non-standard titles) and indexes, as well as preliminary matter
which provides an academic introduction to the work.
As well as being available for online consultation,
the bibliography is also downloadable as a single file in
the following formats:
Text Format (1.43MiB): 1830-36.rtf.
Acrobat Format/PDF (1.15MiB): 1830-36.pdf.
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