Science and Technology in the Age of Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, and James: Thinking and Writing Electricity

Science and Technology in the Age of Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, and James: Thinking and Writing Electricity

by S. Halliday
     
 
This book reveals the full extent of electricity's significance in Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century literature and culture. It provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of canonical American authors from the American Renaissance onwards. As well as many fascinating hitherto under-studied writers.

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This book reveals the full extent of electricity's significance in Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century literature and culture. It provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of canonical American authors from the American Renaissance onwards. As well as many fascinating hitherto under-studied writers.

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From the Publisher

'Halliday's bravura study is a trove of insight and information. It features a remarkable cast of characters, from Samuel Morse and Helen Keller to Hawthorne, Twain, and Daniel Paul Schreber, and it bristles with unexpected connections across technology and culture: mesmerism and slavery, ether and representation, telegraphy and conspiracy. Every page brings illumination; the book can aptly be called 'electrifying.'" - Michael T. Gilmore, Brandeis University

"The most significant aspect of this engaging book is the 'telepathic' connections it makes between seemingly disparate subjects - Dracula and the railway timetable; race and telegraphy; split personality and the telephone exchange. A model of how to do cultural studies, Science and Technology will change the way people think not only about technology and culture at the turn of the twentieth century but also more generally about communication, individuality, and the meaning of the social." - Barbara Will, Dartmouth College.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403976727
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
07/24/2007
Series:
American Literature Readings in the Twenty-First Century Series
Edition description:
2007
Pages:
251
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

Sam Halliday lectures in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. His work has appeared in Forum for Modern Language Studies and A Companion to Mark Twain (ed. Peter Messent and Louis J. Budd, 2005).

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