Introduction: ‘A modern Wessex of the penny post’

  • Karin Koehler


This introductory chapter establishes the main objectives of the book, and situates the proposed arguments in their relevant historical and scholarly background. It outlines the infrastructural, material, and technological developments that transformed written communication in the course of the nineteenth century; traces how nineteenth-century developments in communication technology influenced the Victorian literary imagination; situates this study in its wider scholarly context; and offers a brief explanation of the book’s rationale and methodology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karin Koehler
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  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of St AndrewsGlasgowUK

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