Elizabeth Carolyn Miller F'09

Elizabeth Carolyn Miller
Associate Professor
English
University of California, Davis

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships 2009
Assistant Professor
English
University of California, Davis
The Birth of Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Print Culture, 1880-1914

The final decades of the nineteenth century witnessed a flood of print production aimed at mass audiences, but also a corresponding surge in small-scale radical periodicals and politically oriented experiments in “slow print.” “Slow print” is print that actively opposed mass-production; it was often explicitly political in objective, as socialist, anarchist, and other radical groups came to believe that large-scale, mass-oriented print was no way to bring about social change. Focusing on under-studied periodicals and literary venues, this study investigates radical British literature from 1880-1914, a historical moment when many writers became less inclined to see plentiful, cheap print as a progressive force, and more inclined to see it as an effect of unrestrained capitalism.