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date: 16 February 2019

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This chapter discusses recent developments in digital technologies and their application to Dickens’s overlapping roles as correspondent, reporter, journalist, and editor. It argues that open-access digitization, digital cataloguing, and computational stylistics open up new possibilities for our understanding of Dickens and his mediation of these roles, revealing new information as to subject matter, style, trends in editorial policy, and patterns of contribution. This information challenges previous author-centred narratives regarding Dickens’s progression from reporter and sketch artist to journalist and editor as well as long-held assumptions regarding his journals Household Words and All the Year Round. In this, digitization follows the current trend in scholarship towards the destabilization of the traditional ideas of Dickens as journalist and editor and acknowledges the changeable and sometimes contradictory nature of his fulfilment of these roles and points to new areas of interest.

Keywords: Dickens, digitization, journalism, editor, Household Words, All the Year Round

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