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    Interruption overload: telephones in Ford Madox Ford’s "4692 Padd", "A Call" and "A Man Could Stand Up"

    McLoughlin, Kate (2013) Interruption overload: telephones in Ford Madox Ford’s "4692 Padd", "A Call" and "A Man Could Stand Up". Journal of Modern Literature 36 (3), pp. 50-68. ISSN 0022-281X.

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    Abstract

    Ford Madox Ford’s short story “‘4692 Padd’” (1908), his novella A Call (1910), and his novel A Man Could Stand Up— (1926) all exploit the narratological potential of the rhetorical tropes of interruption. In each text, the interruption is caused by a cutting-edge contemporary gadget: the telephone. In “‘4692 Padd’” and A Call, the phone-calls have a parenthetical nature. But by the time of A Man Could Stand Up—, Ford is experimenting with extreme interruption by telephone, or what is known in ergonomics as “interruption overload.” The narratological effect of interruption overload is both to record and recreate a specific historical moment of geo-political uncertainty: the end of the First World War.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: "This article was published as Interruption overload: telephones in Ford Madox Ford’s "4692 Padd", "A Call" and "A Man Could Stand Up", Journal of Modern Literature 36(3), pp.50-68, Spring 2013. No part of this article may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or distributed, in any form, by any means, electronic, mechanical, photographic, or otherwise, without the prior permission of Indiana University Press. For educational re-use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center (508-744-3350). For all other permissions, please visit Indiana University Press' permissions page."
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Ford Madox Ford, telephones, interruption, parenthesis, Modernism
    School: School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Depositing User: Kate McLoughlin
    Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2013 09:06
    Last Modified: 23 Jun 2021 08:36
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5476

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