19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, No 14 (2012)

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‘Mr Popular Sentiment’ Conducts … Dickensian Journalism Then and Now

John Drew, Tony Williams


This short paper offers an overview of the development and methodology of the Dickens Journals Online (DJO) project, which has adopted unusual means in order to prepare a digital edition of the weekly journals edited by Dickens between 1850 and his death in 1870. It considers ways in which contemporary users of the site and supporters of the project, who are actively involved as online correctors and moderators of the site content — a kind of latter day subeditor — respond to the journals’ contents in similarly emotive and sentiment-driven ways as the original readers.

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