Popular Culture Review 29.1 (Spring 2018) - Page 161

Dynamic International Networks of Print Culture: Multi-Disciplinary Scholarship on Fiction and Empire By Heather Lusty Empires of Print: Adventure Fiction in the Magazines, 1899-1919. Belk, Patrick Scott. New York: Routledge, 2017. Abstract: In this review, the author explores a new text that investigates and connects multi-dimensional aspects of print culture on the cusp of the technological age. Strengths of the text, namely meticulous research, copious primary sources and images, and compelling arguments regarding the interconnectivity of print media, leisure publishing, politics, journalism, technology, and imperial expansion, are supported with engaging visuals and rigorous scholarship in multiple disciplines. The author notes the increasing value of broad, multi-field studies like this, particularly in the current era of multi-media news platforms, to enhance our understanding of the myriad influences daily political and cultural life exerts on our literary consumption. Keywords: adventure fiction, publication networks, history of publishing, serialization, literature of empire, early twentieth- century journalism, technology and publishing, Joseph Conrad, H.G. Wells, Conan Doyle, John Buchan 161