Thomas Hardy and Victorian Communication

Letters, Telegrams and Postal Systems

  • Karin Koehler

About this book


This book explores the relationship between Thomas Hardy’s works and Victorian media and technologies of communication – especially the penny post and the telegraph. Through its close analysis of letters, telegrams, and hand-delivered notes in Hardy’s novels, short stories, and poems, it ties together a wide range of subjects: technological and infrastructural developments; material culture; individual subjectivity and the construction of identity; the relationship between private experience and social conventions; and the new narrative possibilities suggested by modern modes of communication. 


Communication in literature Letter writing Postal service in literature Telegraph Victorian literature Victorian culture

Authors and affiliations

  • Karin Koehler
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of St AndrewsGlasgowUnited Kingdom

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