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Technology, Literature and Culture

By: Alex Goody (Oxford Brookes University)


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 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.

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E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745637280
ISBN10
0745637280
Publication Dates ROW:
Apr 2013
Publication Dates US:
Apr 2013
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Apr 2013


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
208 pages
Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745639536
ISBN10
0745639534
Publication Dates ROW:
May 2011
Publication Dates US:
Jun 2011
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
May 2011


Format
237 x 158 mm
9.30 x 6.20 in
Pages
200 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745639543
ISBN10
0745639542
Publication Dates ROW:
May 2011
Publication Dates US:
Jun 2011
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
May 2011



Format
229 x 153 mm
9.00 x 6.00 in
Pages
200 pages

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Reviews

"It is undoubtedly the broad engagement with popular and avant-garde culture, and the inclusion of technologies of production, destruction, replication, communication, transmission and reception that make the book so useful as a resource for researchers approaching the topic from a range of literary and cultural contexts, as well as a starting point for further study in the field. Though wide-ranging, the readings are never lacking in interest, managing to convey insightful, sophisticated and convincing arguments in accessible prose."
The British Society for Literature and Science

"From railways to C3 systems, Kipling to Kittler, Alex Goody draws deftly on a remarkable range of examples to chart the modern technological imaginary. She produces a useful and accessible overview of technology's politico-cultural manifestations and an excellent survey of the theoretical underpinnings of recent scholarly approaches to the field."
Debra Rae Cohen, University of South Carolina

"This compelling study poses searching questions about modern subjectivities by exploring the intimate relationship between writing and technology. Goody persuasively demonstrates the intricate ways in which technology is embedded in popular and avant-garde culture, from Victorian technologies of electricity and photography to the management, robotic, military and leisure technologies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries."
Martin Halliwell, Professor of American Studies, University of Leicester

"From the train crash to the photograph to the typewriter to hypertext, Alex Goody's deft introduction to technology, literature and culture is as enlightening as it is pleasurable to read. Containing sophisticated arguments linking a range of theorists of technology, including Benjamin, McLuhan, Kittler, Jameson and Haraway, Goody also illuminates the unexpected ways in which nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature interacts with the technological developments of modernity. Whether your primary interest is modernist poetry, cyberpunk, James Bond or death by electrocution, this book has something for you."
Pam Thurschwell, University of Sussex

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

1. Introduction: The Twentieth-Century Technological Imaginary.

2. Writing Technology: Literature and Theory.

3. Media Technologies and Modern Culture.

4. Cold War Technologies.

5. Technological Texts: from Typewriters to Hypermedia.

6. Robots, Cyborgs and the Technological Body.

Bibliography.

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Author Information

Alex Goody is Reader in Twentieth Century Literature at Oxford Brookes University.

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