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Gossip, Letters, PhonesThe Scandal of Female Networks in Film and Literature$
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Ned Schantz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335910.001.0001

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Epilogue: Radio-Free Middlemarch

Epilogue: Radio-Free Middlemarch

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(p.144) Epilogue: Radio-Free Middlemarch
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Gossip, Letters, Phones
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Ned Schantz (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335910.003.0009

This thought experiment attempts to liberate Middlemarch from a predictable place in the novelistic culture of gossip, mobilizing the question of anachronism to locate the novel on the threshold of modern sound technology. Indeed, listening to Middlemarch with an ear for this coming future reveals an astonishing discourse of necrophilia, black magic, and resilient, time-traveling female networks. Installing the figure of radio as a bridge to our own moment, the epilogue thereby moves to reclaim the lost futures of the Victorian past as a resource for feminism.

Keywords:   anachronism, sound technology, gossip, radio, necrophilia, magic, Middlemarch

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