By Jay Clayton
Charles Dickens in Cyberspace opens a window on a startling set of literary and medical hyperlinks among modern American tradition and the nineteenth-century history it frequently repudiates. Surveying a variety of novelists, scientists, filmmakers, and theorists from the earlier centuries, Jay Clayton strains the hid circuits that attach the telegraph with the net, Charles Babbage's distinction Engine with the electronic computing device, Frankenstein's monster with cyborgs and clones, and Dickens' existence and fiction with all demeanour of up to date renowned culture--from comedian books and advertisements to fresh novels and movies. within the strategy, Clayton argues for 2 very important ideas: that postmodernism has a hidden or repressed reference to the nineteenth-century and that revealing these connections can reduction within the improvement of a old cultural experiences. In Charles Dickens in Cyberspace nineteenth-century figures--Jane Austen, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Ada Lovelace, Joseph Paxton, Mary Shelley, and Mary Somerville--meet a full of life team of opposite numbers from this present day: Andrea Barrett, Greg endure, Peter Carey, Hélène Cixous, Alfonso Cuarón, William Gibson, Donna Haraway, David Lean, Richard Powers, Salman Rushdie, Ridley Scott, Susan Sontag, Neal Stephenson, Bruce Sterling, and Tom Stoppard. The juxtaposition of this type of assorted forged of characters results in a brand new method of realizing the "undisciplined tradition" the 2 eras proportion, an knowing that could recommend how one can heal the distance that has lengthy separated literature from technological know-how. Combining storytelling and scholarship, this enticing learn demonstrates in its personal perform the worth of a self-reflective stance towards cultural historical past. Its own voice, narrative concepts, a number of issues of view, recursive loops, and irony emphasize the improvisational nature of the tools it employs. but its argument is critical and pressing: that the afterlife of the 19th century maintains to form the current in different and occasionally conflicting ways.