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Beautiful Circuits : Modernism and the Mediated Life - Mark Goble

Beautiful Circuits

Modernism and the Mediated Life

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Published: 13th August 2010
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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.

This is critical reading, thinking, and writing of the highest order. It is a book of many pleasures, in which an earlier and more self-serious period in literary history is read with a foreknowledge of the phantasmagoria of contemporary media culture. The authors treated emerge as even more interesting figures than we knew them to be. A major achievement of scholarship on American literary modernism. -- Mark McGurl, University of California, Los Angeles, author of The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing Theoretically sophisticated and well researched this volume includes 44 illustrations that beautifully evidence the technological and cultural developments that affected modernists, thus showing how mediums became their message. Choice

List of IllustrationsIntroduction: "Communications Now Are Love"Part I: Communications1. Pleasure at a Distance in Henry James and Others 2. Love and NoisePart II: Records3. Soundtracks: Modernism, Fidelity, Race 4. The New Permanent Record Epilogue: Looking Back at MediumsNotes Index

ISBN: 9780231146708
ISBN-10: 0231146701
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 13th August 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.4  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.72