Writing, Machine, Code: Modern Technographies

edited by Sean Pryor and David Trotter


Writing, Machine, Code: Modern Technographies explores the mutual determination of forms of writing and forms of technology in modern literature. The collection breaks new ground archaeologically, unearthing representations in literature and film of a whole range of decisive technologies from the music box and the stereopticon through census- and slot-machines to the stock ticker, the Telex, and the telephone. It also contributes significantly to critical and cultural theory by investigating key concepts which articulate the relation between writing and technology: number, measure, encoding, encryption, the archive, the interface.

Contributors: Ruth Abbott, Edward Allen, John Attridge, Kasia Boddy, Mark Byron, Sarah Cain, Beci Carver, Steven Connor, Esther Leslie, Robbie Moore, Julian Murphet, James Purdon, Sean Pryor, Paul Sheehan, Kristen Treen.

Editor Bios

Sean Pryor is a senior lecturer in English at the University of New South Wales, and a member of the Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia. He works on modern poetry and poetics, and his book W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and the Poetry of Paradise appeared in 2011. He is currently finishing a book on modernist poetry and the fallen world.

David Trotter is King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has written widely about British and American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including, most recently, the fiction of George Eliot, and aspects of literary Naturalism. The focus of his current research is the history and theory of film. He co-founded the Cambridge Screen Media Group, and is director of its M.Phil. programme in Screen Media and Cultures.