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Locating literature in the ghost hoax: an exploration of 19th-century print news media

Keane, Gabrielle (2019) Locating literature in the ghost hoax: an exploration of 19th-century print news media. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The industrial revolution brought significant changes to printing technology, culture, and literacy. This thesis explores the way features of orality made their way into fiction through the publication of ghost “hoax” stories in nineteenth-century newspapers and periodicals. By examining news stories and fiction together, one is able to see the connections and changes across the century, from news stories in 1804 to fiction stories from 1894. This thesis draws source materials from a publicly available web application developed in conjunction with the thesis. This small, curated collection furthers the argument for digital close reading of historical material within its own context and as context for literature, as well as demonstrates non-digital or digital-adjacent interpretive creation in the form of maps. Through the synthesis of fiction and non-fiction, digital and non-digital, this thesis demonstrates a cross-disciplinary breadth of study that allows for both close reading and broad historical analysis.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Keane, Gabriellegabakeane@gmail.comgak38
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorMurray Twyning, Amymurraytwyning@gmail.comarmst29
Committee MemberBirnbaum, Daviddjbpitt@pitt.edudjbpitt
Beshero-Bondar, Elisaebb8@pitt.eduebb8
Date: 26 April 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 12 April 2019
Approval Date: 26 April 2019
Submission Date: 18 April 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 53
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: periodical studies, folklore studies, orality and literacy, digital humanities
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 19:38
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2019 19:38


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