On the Uses of Seriality for Modern Periodical Studies: An Introduction

On the Uses of Seriality for Modern Periodical Studies: An Introduction on the uses of seriality for modern periodical studies: an introduction Matthew Levay I should acknowledge, at the outset of this special issue, the irony of devoting an entire installment of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies to seriality. Like “covers,” “pages,” or “words,” the concept of “seriality” would seem to be at stake in nearly every article published in the journal, an abso- lutely fundamental aspect of periodicals that touches upon any work that one could consider within the JMPS’s purview. With the exception of those little magazines that folded after a single issue, we might consider seriality the defining feature of all periodicals; signaling in its name a temporal pat- tern of production and consumption, the periodical is a material object born from the logic of seriality. It is constituted by the regular (and occasionally irregular) appearance of successive installments, the links and gaps that emerge between the form and content of those installments, and the ability of readers to devote the time necessary for repeated, continuous reading in order to possess a coherent sense of a periodical’s identity or ethos. Even those periodicals that disappeared before producing a second issue tell us something about seriality, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies Penn State University Press

On the Uses of Seriality for Modern Periodical Studies: An Introduction

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Abstract

on the uses of seriality for modern periodical studies: an introduction Matthew Levay I should acknowledge, at the outset of this special issue, the irony of devoting an entire installment of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies to seriality. Like “covers,” “pages,” or “words,” the concept of “seriality” would seem to be at stake in nearly every article published in the journal, an abso- lutely fundamental aspect of periodicals that touches upon any work that one could consider within the JMPS’s purview. With the exception of those little magazines that folded after a single issue, we might consider seriality the defining feature of all periodicals; signaling in its name a temporal pat- tern of production and consumption, the periodical is a material object born from the logic of seriality. It is constituted by the regular (and occasionally irregular) appearance of successive installments, the links and gaps that emerge between the form and content of those installments, and the ability of readers to devote the time necessary for repeated, continuous reading in order to possess a coherent sense of a periodical’s identity or ethos. Even those periodicals that disappeared before producing a second issue tell us something about seriality, and

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The Journal of Modern Periodical StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Jun 6, 2019

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