Viral Texts as Signals of Influence among Antebellum Periodicals

Ryan Cordell, Northeastern University   My talk will draw on the early results of the Infectious Texts project (, in which I and my co-researchers are developing theoretical models to help scholars better understand what qualities—both textual and thematic—helped particular news stories, short fiction, and poetry “go viral” in nineteenth-century newspapers and magazines. Prior to…Continue reading.