Victorian scholars award top prize to University of Greenwich experts’ book

Date of release: Friday, April 7, 2017

A book which aims to redefine the way 19th century British media is seen today has earned its University of Greenwich co-editors a prestigious publishing prize.

The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century Periodicals and Newspapers has been awarded the Colby Prize by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP).

Released last year, the book is already well on its way to becoming the standard reference work on its subject.

The judges praised it as "wide-ranging and diverse" in ways that stepped beyond Great Britain to consider British newspapers and periodicals in relation to North American, European, Australian and Asian publications. They made special mention of the book's "cutting-edge, comprehensive scholarship by experts in each area".

The Routledge Handbook is co-edited by Professor Andrew King and Dr John Morton, both from the university's Department of Literature, Language & Theatre, and Professor Alexis Easley of the University of St Thomas (USA).

Andrew says: "We are all delighted and honoured to have received this prize. We worked hard over four years to devise a book that would significantly forward the discipline.

"We invited contributors, some new and others already globally established, who we knew would provoke and surprise with original takes and rigorous scholarship. The Colby prize is testimony to the work of everyone involved."

The book features the work of 30 scholars from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Norway, the UK and the USA. As well as discussing current research and methodologies it also suggests new and innovative pathways into future research in digital and paper media history. A sister volume of case studies will be published in July 2017.

RSVP awards the Colby Prize to the book published during the preceding year that most advances our understanding of the nineteenth-century British press. It is awarded in memory of Robert and Vineta Colby, both long standing members of RSVP and authors of significant books on nineteenth century magazines and newspapers.

The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals and Newspapers is available here.

For more on studying in the university's Department of Literature, Language & Theatre, part of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities: https://www.gre.ac.uk/ach/study/llt

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