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Literature, Print Culture, and Media Technologies, 1880–1900

Literature, Print Culture, and Media Technologies, 1880–1900
Many Inventions


Part of Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108492942

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  • From telephones and transoceanic telegraphy to typewriters and phonographs, the era of Bell and Edison brought an array of wondrous new technologies for recording and communication. At the same time, print was becoming a mass medium, as works from newspapers to novels exploited new markets and innovations in publishing to address expanded readerships. Amid the accelerated movements of inventions and language, questions about media change became a transatlantic topic, connecting writers from Whitman to Kipling, Mark Twain to Bram Stoker and Marie Corelli. Media multiplicity seemed either to unite societies or bring division and conflict, to emphasize the material nature of communication or its transcendent side, to highlight distinctions between media or to let them be ignored. Literature, Print Culture, and Media Technologies, 1880–1900 analyzes this ferment as an urgent subject as authors sought to understand the places of printed writing in the late nineteenth century's emerging media cultures.

    • Places literary history in dialogue with media archaeology to help readers understand the emerging discipline of media archaeology and how it can suggest new ways of interpreting literature
    • Includes new approaches to well-known texts and problems as well as examining less familiar works and issues
    • Features an extended case study of the history and fate of the three-volume novel - a classic issue in book history
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108492942
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction – inventing media and their meanings
    1. A message on all channels – the unification of humanity
    2. Fictions of the Victorian telephone – the medium is the media
    3. New media, new journalism, New Grub Street – unsanctified typography
    4. The sinking of the triple decker – format wars
    5. Writers of books – the unmediated novel
    6. Words fail – occulting media into information
    7. A Connecticut Yankee's media wars – from orality to obliteracy
    After words – the end of the book.

  • Author

    Richard Menke, University of Georgia
    Richard Menke is an associate professor of English at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Telegraphic Realism: Victorian Fiction and Other Information Systems (2008) and a three-time recipient of essay prizes from the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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