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Vernon Lee: Slow Serialist and Journalist at the Fin de Siècle

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 October 2021

Abstract

To expand understanding of imbricated journalism and high aestheticism at the fin de siècle, this essay examines Vernon Lee's journalism and slow essay serials, a form spread over space (viz., different periodicals) and marked by irregular temporal issue of installments before finding new cohesion when retroactively constructed as a book. Lee's prolific periodical publication, especially her aesthetic criticism, is rarely approached as journalism. Newly available letters and Lee's negotiations with editors clarify the occluded history of Lee's journalism and her slow essay serials, a distinctive serial form at the fin de siècle, which this article conceptualizes in closing.

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Footnotes

My thanks to Dana Shaaban, Addie Levy Research Associate at TCU in 2019–20, for creating the tables in the appendix and for her other research assistance.

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