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It is during the nineteenth century, the age of machinery, that we begin to witness a sustained exploration of the literal and discursive entanglements of minds, bodies, machines. This book opens with Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) and ends in the trenches of the First World War.  The overall orientation of the essays is literary and historical but they also touch on philosophy, mathematics, natural history, the history of medicine and psychiatry, computer science, and virtual reality. ...
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Minds, Bodies, Machines, 1770-1930

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It is during the nineteenth century, the age of machinery, that we begin to witness a sustained exploration of the literal and discursive entanglements of minds, bodies, machines. This book opens with Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) and ends in the trenches of the First World War.  The overall orientation of the essays is literary and historical but they also touch on philosophy, mathematics, natural history, the history of medicine and psychiatry, computer science, and virtual reality.  Tracking the cultural impact of new technologies in the long nineteenth century, the book explores how the machine shifts our conceptions of language, consciousness, human cognition, man/machine boundaries, and the boundaries between materialist and esoteric sciences. Taken together, the essays expand our understanding of what it means to be human.
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DEIRDRE COLEMAN is the Robert Wallace chair of English at the University of Melbourne, Australia and specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and cultural history. She has published in ELH, Eighteenth-Century Studies and Eighteenth-Century Life, and is the author of Romantic Colonization and British Anti-Slavery.
 
HILARY FRASER is Dean of Arts at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, where she also holds the Geoffrey Tillotson Chair of Nineteenth-Century Studies. She has written monographs on aesthetics and religion in Victorian writing, the Victorians and Renaissance Italy, nineteenth-century non-fiction prose, and gender in the Victorian periodical. She currently works on women writing about art in the nineteenth century. 
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction - Minds, Bodies, Machines; D.Coleman & H.Fraser
Inside the Imagination-Machines of Gothic Fiction: Estrangement, Transport, Affect; P.Otto  
Air-Looms and Influencing Machines; S.Connor
Maternity, Madness and Mechanization: The Ghastly Automaton in James Hogg's The Three Perils of Woman; K.Inglis 
Clockwork Automata, Artificial Intelligence, and Why the Body of the Author Matters; P.Crosthwaite 
Metaphors and Analogies of Mind and Body in Nineteenth-Century Science and Fiction: George Eliot, Henry James and
George Meredith; M.Banfield
Alfred Wallace's Conversion: Plebian Radicalism and the Spiritual Evolution of the Mind; I.McCalman
Molecular Machines and Lascivious Bodies: James Clerk Maxwell's Verse-Born Attacks on Tyndallic Reductionism; D.Brown
Writing the 'Great Proteus of Disease': Influenza, Informatics, and the Body in the Late Nineteenth Century; J.Mussell
Linguistic Trepanation: Brain Damage, Penetrative Seeing, and a Revolution of the Word; L.Salisbury
Coda
Notes
Index
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