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Overwhelmed – Literature, Aesthetics, and the Nineteenth-Century Information Revolution - Princeton Scholarship Online
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Overwhelmed: Literature, Aesthetics, and the Nineteenth-Century Information Revolution

Maurice S. Lee

Abstract

What happens to literature during an information revolution? How do readers and writers adapt to proliferating data and texts? These questions appear uniquely urgent today in a world of information overload, big data, and the digital humanities. But as this book shows, these concerns are not new—they also mattered in the nineteenth century, as the rapid expansion of print created new relationships between literature and information. Exploring four key areas—reading, searching, counting, and testing—in which nineteenth-century British and American literary practices engaged developing informati ... More

Keywords: information revolution, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Nathaniel Hawthorne, information technology, information overload, digital humanities, nineteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691192925
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691192925.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurice S. Lee, author
Boston University

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