Landon: In Sound and Noise

Letitia Landon has often been seen, both in her own time and ours, as a prolific writer catering to mass audiences with repetitive tales of exotic romance. This essay proposes that Landon’s verse narratives, and the inset poems they include, repeat tales using different media less as a stock performance of the sentimental woman but as an acute inquiry into her own multiply mediated landscape. In doing so, she constructs an archive of mashed-up older and newer technologies that engineer a layered sensory, affective, and temporal experience, which we can read through the techniques of non-linear media archaeology and machine-assisted reading.