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Author Goble, Mark,
Title Beautiful circuits : modernism and the mediated life / Mark Goble.
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, [2010]

Author Goble, Mark,
Subject Mass media and literature -- United States.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Mass media and culture -- United States.
Interpersonal communication -- Technological innovations -- Social aspects -- United States.
Social interaction -- Technological innovations -- United States.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 374 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Mark Goble revisits the aesthetics of modernism in the early twentieth century, when new modes of communication made the experience of technology an occasion for profound experimentation and reflection. Goble shows how the assimilation of such "old" media technologies as the telegraph, telephone, and phonograph inspired fantasies of connection that informed a commitment to the materiality of artistic mediums. Describing how relationships made possible by technology became more powerfully experienced with technology, Goble explores a modernist fetish for media that shows no signs of abating. The "mediated life" puts technology into communication with a series of shifts in how Americans conceived the mechanics and meanings of their connections to one another, to the world, and to their own modernity. Considering texts by Henry James, Gertrude Stein, James Weldon Johnson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, James Agee, and William Carlos Williams, alongside film, painting, music, and popular culture, Beautiful Circuits explores American modernism as it was shaped by a response to high technology and an attempt to change how literature itself could communicate.
Contents Introduction: "communications now are love" -- Pleasure at a distance in Henry James and others -- Love and noise -- Soundtracks: modernism, fidelity, race -- The new permanent record -- Epilogue: looking back at mediums.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780231518406 (electronic bk.)
0231518404 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 750192913
Additional Format Print version: Goble, Mark. Beautiful circuits. New York : Columbia University Press, 2010 9780231146708 (DLC) 2009053416 (OCoLC)495597268

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