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Published: 11 June 2020

304 Pages | 7 Illustrations


ISBN: 9780198850472

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The Literature of Connection

Signal, Medium, Interface, 1850-1950

David Trotter

  • An entirely new angle on the prehistory, not of the post-1950 'digital revolution', but of the principle of connectivity which was to provide that revolution with its justification and rallying-cry
  • The approach adopted via the concepts of 'signal' and 'interface' has made it possible to identify a whole range of previously unexamined signalling devices and methods of communication in 'British' literature from the Victorian era to modernism
  • Case-studies extend this approach to European and African-American literature, and to cinema including Chaplin, Eisenstein, and British spy films
  • Offers a fundamental re-evaluation of key texts including Eliot's Daniel Deronda, Hardy's, The Return of the Native, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Lawrence's The Rainbow, and Mansfield's 'Psychology', 'Bliss', and 'The Stranger'