Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-184) and index.
Introduction -- Gossip and the novel -- Letters to Clarissa : the fantasy of a female network -- Telephonic film -- Voices carry : film and telepathy -- The space of crime -- Time stalkers -- Epilogue : radio-free Middlemarch.
Examining novelistic culture from the British novel to the Hollywood film as a series of responses to the threat and promise of female networks, Schantz argues that a recurring gothic nightmare haunts plots of courtship, marriage, and female advancement even as the female networks themselves illuminate the path to clarity.
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