Literature

"The Phonograph’s Salutation"

“The Phonograph’s Salutation” (1888, 1891), a poem written and recited onto record by Horatio Nelson Powers, was first “published” as an audio recording onto a wax cylinder in 1888, with the print text of the poem included on a pamphlet that was made to accompany the cylinder. The cylinder and accompanying print version were then sent across the Atlantic Ocean from Orange, New Jersey, where the recording was made, to London, England, where it was used to promote the capacities of Edison’s new perfected phonograph as a means of creating audible correspondence, or, phonograms. 

Sartor Resartus, Book Three

Sartor Resartus, Book Two

Sartor Resartus, Book One

Recommended Readings

Recommended Readings

The bibliography presented here is intended to provide readers with a selective introduction to scholarship on Sartor Resartus. It includes works that reflect upon the narratological structure, politics, and context of the volume, but of necessity omits many valuable studies that engage with the more minute details of Carlyle’s writing.

Baker, Lee C.R., “The Open Secret of ‘Sartor Resartus’: Carlyle’s Method of Converting his Reader.” Studies in Philology. 83.2 (Spring, 1986): 218-35.

Trooper Peter Halket at Mashonaland

Olive Schreiner's Trooper Peter Halket at Mashonaland (1897) gives voice to one of the most powerful and uncompromising denunciations of imperial violence published in the nineteenth century, and yet the work stands largely unread by students of Victorian literature. The novella, set in Rhodesia under Company Rule, depicts an encounter between a young British soldier lost in the veld and a mysterious Christ-like stranger who transforms his views on colonialism.

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