CANCELLED - (HOBAR) Open University History of Books and Reading Seminar

CANCELLED - (HOBAR) Open University History of Books and Reading Seminar
12 March 2018, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Kate Macdonald (University of Reading)

‘Reactive serialisation in First World War fiction magazines’

This paper will discuss the evolution of three serials in fiction magazines published during the First World War. Selected for their deployment of disability tropes, the characters and plot points develop over twelve months or more to respond to changing wartime conditions, to address fears and anxieties that Home readers would have felt about war, and to process the reality of the returning war-impaired serviceman. The post-serialisation iterations of the texts will also be discussed, and the context of the works in their authors’ oeuvres, within the magazines, and in British literary output during wartime. The serials featured are the ‘Araminta’ stories in The Grand Magazine by Alan Graham (1914-1916), the Sam Briggs stories by Richard Marsh in The Strand Magazine (1915), and The Red Planet by William J Locke in Nash’s and Pall Mall Magazine, 1916-1917.
Kate Macdonald is a literary historian and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. She has published widely on twentieth-century British book history and publishing culture, on publishing during the First World War, and on the fiction and professions of John Buchan. Her most recent books are Novelists Against Social Change (2015) and Rose Macaulay, Gender and Modernity (ed. 2017). She is the director of Handheld Press,


SAS Events Office
020 7862 8833