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CorridorMedia Architectures in American Fiction$
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Kate Marshall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679270

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679270.001.0001

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The Flu and the Media, Or Contagion 1918

The Flu and the Media, Or Contagion 1918

(p.115) 3 The Flu and the Media, Or Contagion 1918

Kate Marshall

University of Minnesota Press

The Flu and the Media, or, Contagion 1918” discusses the 1918 influenza epidemic, during which not only public transit, but also telephone and postal services, were suspended under the threat of contagion. I analyze the novels published in the wake of the epidemic, including Katherine Anne Porter’s Pale Horse, Pale Rider and Willa Cather’s One of Ours, to suggest that the flu takes on the properties of the media, formalizing both as contagious and challenging the representational burdens of history by doing so.

Keywords:   media, modernism, American literature, architecture, infrastructure, naturalism, systems theory, cultural studies, materiality

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