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The Next Instalment

Serials, Sequels, and Adaptations of Nellie L. McClung, L.M. Montgomery, and Mazo de la Roche

By Wendy Roy
Subjects Language Arts & Disciplines, Publishing, Literary Criticism, Canadian Literature, Social Science, Women’s Studies
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Hardcover : 9781771123914, 440 pages, November 2019
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771123938, 322 pages, November 2019
Ebook (PDF) : 9781771123945, 322 pages, November 2019
Paperback : 9781771123921, 440 pages, July 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-07-28

Table of contents

Introduction: Serials, Sequels, and Adaptations in Twentieth-Century Canada
Part 1: Nellie L. McClung and the Pearlie Watson Trilogy
1. Sowing the Seeds for McClung’s First Novel
2. Serialization as Marketing Strategy
3. McClung’s Second Chances
4. Changing Popular and Critical Responses
5. Sequel (Non)Recognition = (Non)Adaptation?
Part 2: L. M. Montgomery, Anne, and Other Sequel Heroines
6. Beginning the Cycle: Montgomery’s First Serials and Sequels
7. New and Old Continuing Stories: The “Teen” Years
8. Anne and Emily of Somewhere Else: More Sequels and Serials
9. Anne Grows Up: The Sequel as Bildungsroman
10. Love for and Criticism of the Red-Headed Girl
11. Adapting and Internationalizing Anne
Part 3: Mazo de la Roche and the Whiteoaks of Jalna
12. From Magazine Short Stories to Magazine Novels
13. Beyond the Trilogy: The Serial-Sequel Continuum
14. More Non-Jalna Novels, and New Jalna Prequels and Sequels
15. From Acclaimed Contest Winner to “Outside the Range of Literary Criteria”
16. The Whiteoaks of Hollywood — les Whiteoaks de Paris
Conclusion: The Next Instalment


What happens next?
That was the question asked of early-twentieth-century authors Nellie L. McClung, L. M. Montgomery, and Mazo de la Roche, whose stories and novels appeared serially and kept readers and publishers in a state of anticipation. Each author answered through the writing and dissemination of further instalments. McClung’s Pearlie Watson trilogy (1908–1921), Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books (1908–1939), and de la Roche’s Jalna novels (1927–1960) were read avidly not just as sequels but as serials in popular and literary newspapers and magazines. A number of the books were also adapted to stage, film, and television.
The Next Instalment argues that these three Canadian women writers, all born in the same decade of the late nineteenth century, were influenced by early-twentieth-century publication, marketing, and reading practices to become heavily invested in the cultural phenomenon of the continuing story. A close look at their serials, sequels, and adaptations reveals that, rather than existing as separate cultural productions, each is part of a cultural and material continuum that encourages repeated consumption through development and extension of the originary story. This work considers the effects that each mode of dissemination of a narrative has on the other.


  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Book Awards/ Scholary 2021
  • Short-listed, Literary Encyclopedia Book Prize 2021


Drawing on an impressive array of rare and archival sources, Wendy Roy’s The Next Instalment places three enduringly popular Canadian women authors in conversation with each other in order to situate their well-known books in the context of their contributions to a thriving periodical market in the first half of the twentieth century. This study promises to make a significant contribution to the fields of Canadian literature, popular literature, women’s writing, book history, and the burgeoning field of periodical studies.

- Benjamin Lefebvre, editor of The L.M. Montgomery Library and the Early Canadian Literature series

The strength of this book is the granularity of its detail: this will be a resource for scholars and students for years to come.... Roy does an excellent job of transforming archival detail into historical narrative peppered with entertaining characters and interactions

- Canadian Literature, 2020 August