Media History Seminar

Media History Seminar
Date
28 Nov 2017, 18:00 to 28 Nov 2017, 20:00
Type
Seminar
Venue
Bloomsbury Room, G35, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Description

David Trotter, University of Cambridge

Prof David Trotter: 'Signal and Sign: Dickens, Hardy, Mansfield'

This presentation will seek to explore a certain divergence, during the final decades of the nineteenth century, between the respective senses/connotations of the terms “signal” and “sign.” It will use ideas derived from the Shannon/Jakobson/Serres axis in order to characterize signalling as a practice, and to argue that literature has on occasion taken a rather more explicit, profound, and rewarding interest in that practice than it is generally thought to have done. 
 
David Trotter is Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge. He is co-editor of “Technographies,” an Open Humanities Press series of books concerned with the interdependences of writing and technology. His most recent book is Literature in the First Media Age: Britain between the Wars (2013).     
 
Rebecca Roach is a postdoctoral researcher at King's College London and part of the ERC-funded project, “Ego-Media: The Impact of New Media on Forms and Practices of Self-Presentation.” Her first book, Mouthing Off: A Literary History of Interviews, discusses the poetics of the interview form and method and is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Her new project, Machine Talk, examines the interrelation of computing, literature and world literature via metaphors of conversation since the 1950s.
 
All are welcome. Further information about the seminar and this year’s schedule are available through the Media History blog (https://mediahistoryseminar.wordpress.com/). This seminar is generously supported by the Media History journal (http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cmeh20#.VBF1PPldUTI), Queen Mary University of London’s English Department (http://www.sed.qmul.ac.uk/english/index.html), the Institute of English Studies (http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/), and the Institute of Historical Research (http://www.history.ac.uk/).



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