‘Our Mutual Friend’ Virtual Reading Project

Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

Please join us in a virtual community reading experiment to celebrate ten years of 19.

Autumn 2015 is the tenth anniversary of the open access online journal 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, published by the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies. We are marking this anniversary with a series of experiments with the digital possibilities of nineteenth-century forms.

Dickens has been at the heart of the Centre’s activities since the institution of our annual Dickens Day. 19’s anniversary coincides with 150 years of Our Mutual Friend so from May 2014 to November 2015, for our first experiment, we will meet as a virtual reading community to share the monthly rhythm of Dickens’s novel as it was published in nineteen parts:

Please see the website for further details.

The plan is to follow the monthly publication from May 2014 to November 2015 through blogs, twitter, and other social media initiatives. There will be a tweeting day a month to mark each monthly part and a blog, which will announce the upcoming publication and tweeting date, keep the momentum, and offer interesting materials and angles to the discussion. None of this would have been possible without Dr Ben Winyard, who is running the blog and twitter. Emma Curry, one of Birkbeck’s research students, will help bring the postgraduate community on board, and Dr David McAllister has promised his hand. Please get in touch with Luisa, Ben or David if you’d like to offer a blog.

We are bringing together an international team of Dickens scholars to blog for our virtual reading community. John Jordan and the participants to Dickens Universe have been invited to join us in the run up to their own residential reading of OMF at Santa Cruz in August.

Please join us too in this virtual reading experiment, share ideas, and spread the word.
Dr Luisa Calè, on behalf of the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies



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