Colonial Networks and Information Technologies in the British Literary Imagination, 1857–1918
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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Portions of this book were initially presented as papers at the Victorian Literature and Culture seminar at Harvard University’s Mahindra Humanities Center; at the Modern Language Association, Northeast Victorian Studies Association, and North American Victorian Studies Association conferences...
Among the novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010 was Tom McCarthy’s C, a self-proclaimed avant-gardist’s foray into the realm of historical fiction. C follows the fortunes (to quote the book’s jacket copy) “of Serge Carrefax, a man who—as his name suggests—surges into the electric modernity...
1. Imperial Cybernetics
In an early, comic scene from Mangal Pandey: The Rising, Bollywood’s 2005 epic-melodrama of the 1857 “mutiny,” a group of Indian men, pointedly seated amid a stand of hookahs (indices of “tradition”), express disbelief at a report of the “taelly garaffe” allegedly now “connect[ing] the entire country through...
2. Imperial Projections
Having narrowly escaped massacre at the hands of a troop of knife-wielding “Kukuanas”—the mythical, “lost” African race featured in Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines (1885)—the fast-thinking, polytropic Allan Quatermain improvises a Große Lüge of Hitlerian scale and audacity. Flashing “an imperial...
3. Imperial Transmissions
Reflecting, in his Outline of History (1920), upon the past glories of imperial China, and particularly upon its precocious invention of gunpowder, H. G. Wells marvels that the Chinese “[do] not to this day dominate the world culturally and politically” (555). In speculating about the possible causes of this...
4. Imperial Informatics
In John Buchan’s spy thriller Greenmantle (1916), Buchan’s hero, Richard Hannay, twice escapes the clutches of the hulking, fanatical Colonel von Stumm: first in the very heart of the German Empire, then on the outer fringes of its influence, at the Russo-Turkish border. On this second occasion Hannay...
Coda: Post-Imperial Media
I began this study of the Victorian and post-Victorian periods by considering a novel published in 2010. I’d like to conclude by looking briefly at another twenty-first-century exercise in a residual or archaic medium—in this case, a 2009 radio drama. Torchwood: Golden Age is a radio spinoff of the BBC science...
Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2014
OCLC Number: 877907906
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