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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"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
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.