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The Literature of Connection: Signal, Medium, Interface, 1850-1950

David Trotter


This book is about some of the ways in which the world got ready to be connected, long before the advent of the technologies and the concentrations of capital necessary to implement a global ‘network society’. It investigates the prehistory not of the communications ‘revolution’ brought about by advances in electronic digital computing from 1950 onwards, but of the principle of connectivity which was to provide that revolution with its justification and rallying cry. Connectivity’s core principle is that what matters most in any act of telecommunication, and sometimes all that matters, is the ... More

Keywords: Connection, connectivity, telecommunication, telegraph, signal, medium, interface, Victorian, modernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198850472
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198850472.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Trotter, author
Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Cambridge

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