sovay: (I Claudius)
sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote 2017-08-02 07:20 pm (UTC)

E. F. Benson's "And the Dead Spake" (1922) isn't really the same thing, but does use the recording analogy.

I've read that one! With the early idea of neuroplasticity and the inaccurate but understandable conceit that the brain can therefore be played back exactly like a gramophone record containing all the information of a person's life. I always class it mentally with Kipling's "Wireless" (1904), which uses the analogy of electrical induction to explain a case of possession by Romantic poet. Definitely technology influencing ideas of human interaction with the dead.

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