Technology, Literature and Culture

ISBN-10: 0745639542
ISBN-13: 9780745639543
Edition: 2011
Authors: Alex Goody
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Description: Technology, Literature and Culture provides a detailed and accessible exploration of the ways in which literature across the twentieth century has represented the inescapable presence and progress of technology. As this study argues, from the  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 5/6/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Technology, Literature and Culture provides a detailed and accessible exploration of the ways in which literature across the twentieth century has represented the inescapable presence and progress of technology. As this study argues, from the Fordist revolution in manufacturing to computers and the internet, technology has reconfigured our relationship to ourselves, each other, and to the tools and material we use.The book considers such key topics as the legacy of late-nineteenth century technology, the literary engagement with cinema and radio, the place of typewriters and computers in formal and thematic literary innovations, the representations of technology in spy fiction and the figures of the robot and the cyborg. It considers the importance of broadcast technology and the internet in literature and covers major literary movements including modernism, cold war writing, postmodernism and the emergence of new textualities at the end of the century.An insightful and wide-ranging study, Technology, Literature and Culture offers close readings of writers such as Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, Ian Fleming, Kurt Vonnegut, Don DeLillo, Jeanette Winterson and Shelley Jackson. It is an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike in literary and cultural studies, and also introduces the topic to a general reader interested in the role of technology in the twentieth century.

Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Twentieth-Century Technological Imaginary
Victorian technoculture
Uncanny technology
Victorian Science Fiction
Technology in the twentieth century
Writing Technology: Literature and Theory
Mechanical reproduction
The question concerning technology
The medium is the message
Technology and postmodernism
Desiring machines
Media technologies, theory and the human
Media Technologies and Modern Culture
Modernism and the cinema eye
Talking across distances: radio modernism
Beckett and broadcast media
Cold War Technologies
Electric death
Machine-war and poetry
Total War, information and the spy
Nuclear culture and counterculture
Postmodernism, media and the death of the real
Technological Texts: From Typewriters to Hypermedia
Type-writers and texts
Typing, poetry and spontaneity
Digital writing and hypertext
Robots, Cyborgs and the Technological Body
'I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess'
Machine-age man
Robots, automation and the future of the human
Technology, identity and the cyborg subject
Screens, bodies and late twentieth-century culture
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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