Media, Technology, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century: Image, Sound, Touch (The Nineteenth Century Series)

Media, Technology, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century: Image, Sound, Touch (The Nineteenth Century Series)

By: Dr Margaret Linley (author), Dr Colette Colligan (editor), Professor Vincent Newey (series_editor), Joanne Shattock (series_editor)Hardback

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Operating at the intersection where new technology meets literature, this collection discovers the relationship among image, sound, and touch in the long nineteenth century. The chapters speak to the special mixed-media properties of literature, while exploring the important interconnections of science, technology, and art at the historical moment when media was being theorized, debated, and scrutinized. Each chapter focuses on a specific visual, acoustic, or haptic dimension of media, while also calling attention to the relationships among the three. Famous works such as Wordsworth's "I wandered lonely as a cloud" and Shelley's Frankenstein are discussed alongside a range of lesser-known literary, scientific, and pornographic writings. Topics include the development of a print culture for the visually impaired; the relationship between photography and narrative; the kaleidoscope and modern urban experience; Christmas gift books; poetry, painting and music as remediated forms; the interface among the piano, telegraph, and typewriter; Ernst Heinrich Weber's model of rationalized tactility; and how the shift from visual to auditory telegraphic instruments amplified anxieties about the place of women in nineteenth-century information networks. Full of surprising insights and connections, the collection offers new impetus for stimulating historical conversations and debates about nineteenth-century media, while also contributing fresh perspectives on new media and (re)mediation today.

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Colette Colligan and Margaret Linley are members of the English Department and Graduate Print Culture Program at Simon Fraser University, Canada.


Contents: Introduction: the 19th-century invention of media, Colette Colligan and Margaret Linley; Section 1 Image: The Wordsworths' daffodils: on the page, upon the inward eye, in their media ecology, Richard Menke; 'So that the sense of touch may supply the want of sight': blind reading and 19th-century British print culture, Vanessa Warne; A literature of its own: time, space, and narrative mediations in Victorian photography, Daniel A. Novak; Kaleidoscopic vision in late Victorian Bohemia: George Sims's social kaleidoscope, Helen Groth. Section 2 Sound: A modern poetry of sensation: three Christmas gift books and the legacy of Victorian material culture, Lorraine Janzen Kooistra; Visible sound and auditory scenes: word, image, and music in Tennyson, D.G. Rossetti and Morris, Linda K. Hughes; Piano, telegraph, typewriter: listening to the language of touch, Ivan Raykoff. Section 3 Touch: Tactile modernity: on the rationalization of touch in the 19th century, David P. Parisi; Teleny, the secret touch, and the media geography of the clandestine book trade (1880-1900), Colette Colligan; Touching at a distance: telegraphy, gender, and Henry James's In the Cage, Christopher Keep; Frankenstein revisited: life and afterlife around 1831, Margaret Linley; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/02/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781409400097
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781409400097
  • weight: 589
  • ISBN10: 1409400093

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