Against the Quotidian Machine: Woolf, Hemingway, and Proust
Machine-made traumas of war reverberate through Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and, in turn, The Sun Also Rises, not only as matters of fact but as elements of narrative structure. Examines Jake Barnes’s inability to escape the reality of his wound, a condition triggered and endlessly refracted by modern technology. Discusses the telephone, airplanes, and automobiles as mechanical, destabilizing forces in Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (1913).
Narrative Machine: The Naturalist, Modernist, and Postmodernist Novel