Blog Post #1: Mind the Gap

framley_parsonage_serializedDue to Presidents’ Day, we have almost two weeks to read the next installments of The Woman in WhiteFramley Parsonage, and East Lynne. Take this opportunity to spread out your reading more than you would in a regular week. Doing so will better allow you to “Mind the Gap” between serial installments. For your first blog post on The UCM Illustrated News, you are invited to reflect on this temporal space between installments, as well as where and how the installments begin and end. You may focus on one particular gap in a single novel, a gap that affects two novels (e.g. Framley Parsonage and East Lynne, which were both published monthly), or several gaps in one or more of the novels. Write about something that truly interests you. Whatever direction you choose, be sure to read the “About” page on our course blog before posting there.

Questions to consider: Does anything intrigue or even surprise you about the way installments begin and end? Are there any patterns that emerge? How would you describe the experience of waiting to read the next installment? What happens during the gap? You needn’t answer all of these questions; they are here to get you thinking. If there are other questions you would like to address, please feel free to do so.

DUE DATE: Sunday, February 26 by 11:59pm


Vinegar Valentines


Valentine (c. 1870)

It may seem strange to us that Victorians sent each other Valentines like the one above, but send them they did. Read this post at for more information about and examples of “Vinegar Valentines.” Are these cards less surprising to you given the various plots of the novels we are reading? Why or why not? Can you imagine one of our characters sending one of these cards to another character? If so, who would send which card to whom? Why?

Comments section closes on Friday, February 17.

Presentation Groups

Blackwood’s Magazine (Monday, April 3)

  • Beyanira Bautista
  • Cynthia Romero
  • Lawrence Rush
  • Mason Witter

Cornhill Magazine (Monday, March 20)

  • Efren Alvara
  • Elle Lammouchi
  • Katie Oswald
  • Van Vang

Illustrated London News (Monday, April 17)

  • Natalia Alvarado
  • Alexis Blanco
  • Ciarra McCormick
  • Ruth Serrano

Punch (Monday, April 10)

  • Tiffany Day
  • Anita Kiannasr
  • Monica Perales
  • Lyndsay Teegarden

Thank you for your patience. I did my best to give everyone their first choice, but it wasn’t possible. All of the periodicals are worth researching; I’m sure they will all yield interesting projects.