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Literature, Technology, and Modernity, 1860–2000

Literature, Technology, and Modernity, 1860–2000

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  • Date Published: March 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521833929

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  • Writing for scholars of modernism, literature, and film, Nicholas Daly considers the way human/machine encounters have been imagined from the 1860s on, arguing that such scenes dramatize the modernization of subjectivity. Although modernity assumes that there is a difference between people and machines, a consequence of this belief has been a recurring fantasy about the erasure of that difference. The central scenario in this fantasy is the "crash", or collision, sometimes literal, sometimes metaphorical.

    • This study sheds light on the way literature and film have helped us to assimilate industrial modernity
    • It makes an important contribution to topical debates about culture and technology
    • Will be of interest to scholars of literature, film and culture
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    Review of the hardback: 'This is a concise, impeccably researched book, which teases out a coherent narrative from a seemingly disparate set of cultural sources.' The Times Literary Supplement

    Review of the hardback: 'Literature, Technology, and Modernity delivers a compelling, original, and intellectually sophisticated account …' English

    Review of the hardback: 'Literature, Technology, and Modernity, 1860–2000 is inventive, resourceful, and well-grounded in the social and cultural history of the hundred and forty year period the book covers. Daly's book is a great read …' Modernism/Modernity

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    • Date Published: March 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521833929
    • length: 170 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of illustrations
    Introduction
    1. Sensation drama, the railway and modernity
    2. Sensation fiction and the modernisation of the senses
    3. The Boerograph
    4. 'It': the last machine and the invention of sex appeal
    5. Crash: flesh, steel, and celluloid.

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    Nicholas Daly, Trinity College, Dublin

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