Abstract

Abstract:

This essay argues that Lawrence's tropes of wireless connection reflect his pursuit of a politics of non-sovereignty in the second half of his career. Frequently overshadowed by violent claims to sovereignty or by the celebration of the immediacy of touch, wireless connections stand for a minor utopianism of affective receptivity. Countering the hegemony of broadcasting as well as the sovereign claims of his own supposed leader characters, Lawrence conceived of the novel as a wireless medium in its own right, attuned to affective energies that can enable an impersonal intimacy among dispersed individuals and their nonhuman environment.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-658X
Print ISSN
0026-7724
Pages
pp. 264-285
Launched on MUSE
2018-06-21
Open Access
No
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