Pamela & Texting

Here are a couple of things on the theme of hey-look-what’s-coming-back-around :

A 19th C glove with a map of London on it for handy reference offers an alternative to modern GPS and smartphone maps.

Secondly, the author of this post on student response to  Pamela suggests that students now might be more comfortable with a central character who documents her life in her letters even as the door to her bedroom is being opened than students from 8-10 years ago.  She also talks about her research into some 18th century correspondance which includes some short notes that resemble text messages. It’s a long post but worth reading.

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2 responses to “Pamela & Texting

  1. Kemael Johnson

    The blog on Pamela brings up a point that resonates with something Barthes said in his “Death of the Author”, about the presence of the scriptor, who replaces the author. The blogger notes that current students were not put off by Pamela’s “writing to the moment” in the novel in the way that her (?) students of a decade ago had been, because we live in a time where writing at the moment of an occurrence is commonplace due to smartphones and the like. Essentially, we (I use “we” loosely as I couldn’t figure out how to text someone if my life depended on it) function like Barthes’ notion of the modern scriptor, who does not exist prior to the text but is “born simultaneously with the text”. Interestingly, Pamela does too, which presents a complication for the notion of the scriptor, because Barthes also says that the scriptor “is in no way equipped with a being preceding or exceeding the writing”. Pamela appears to have such a being in the person of Samuel Richardson, who has constructed her and the events and occurrences in which she is engaged.

  2. lmaruca

    Claudia, you know I had to pounce on anything about Pamela! (And seriously,,,how can someone not love that strange book?!) What the blogger does not seem to get (or at least discuss here) is that Pamela is in fact ABOUT media and communication. Highlighting that would naturally make the book more palatable to modern readers. (I’m reminded of how I would always chide our Novel class not to read through the lens of modern realism.)

    And speaking of Pamela and media, check this out: http://lmaruca.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/the-latest-addition-to-the-pamela-media-event/

    Kemael, I would love to read an entire paper backing up what you just said about Barthes and Pamela. I think you nailed it quite brilliantly.

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