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Natalie Ferris: The ‘Wireless Voice’

In the decades after leaving Bletchley Park, Christine Brooke-Rose was troubled by the intrusions of noises or voices. This became particularly irksome during immersive periods of writing. more…

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Beatriz Lopez: Muriel Spark and the Scrambler Telephone

From May to October 1944, Muriel Spark was employed by the Political Warfare Executive (PWE), a secret service created by Britain during the Second World War with the mission of spreading propaganda to enemy and enemy-occupied territories. more…

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Imogen Free: Telepoetic desire & techno-heartache in Elizabeth Bowen’s To the North

Elizabeth Bowen’s To the North (1932) is a novel preoccupied with telephony – it the media that represents its protagonists’ will for ‘connective sociability’: a practice of ‘connecting in order to connect, connecting in order to stay connected, at a distance’ more…

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Nicholas Royle: ‘B-r-ring!’

This talk takes the shape of a telephone conversation between Nicholas Royle and Andrew Bennett regarding the figure of the mother in relation to the telephone. more…

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