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CONNECTION AND DISCONNECTION

Matthew Helm: ‘Oh, hilloo, darling!’: Telephonic Representation in Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin

Criticism of Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin (1939) often takes on an implicit techno-media studies approach, given the narrator’s opening metaphor: ‘I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking’ more…

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Jordan Moore: ‘Mind the Wire’: David Jones and World War I Telephony

This paper conceptualizes the telepoetics of David Jones’ World War I epic, In Parenthesis (1937). Telephony was an influential technology for British modernist poets like Jones, whose poetic invention was defined by experiences on the Western Front. more…

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Don Sillence: Therefore, Send Not To Know For Whom The Phone Rings

At the Google I/O 2018, Sundar Pichai unveiled the latest addition to Google Assistant, a piece of programming that allowed users to make phonecalls in the Assistant’s ‘voice’ ‘seamlessly in the background’. more…

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Jessica Gray: The interrupting telephone in Virginia Woolf’s Night and Day

The telephone, or ‘telephone bell’ that is frequently referred to in Virginia Woolf’s Night and Day, interrupts. The emphasis on the telephone making itself heard in Woolf’s novel underlines this disruption, making clear that the technology distracts. more…

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