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Literature, Technology, and Modernity, 1860–2000
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  • Page extent: 170 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.42 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 820.9/356
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PR468.T4 D35 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • English literature--19th century--History and criticism
    • Technology in literature
    • Literature and technology--Great Britain--History--19th century
    • Modernism (Literature)--Great Britain
    • Railroad travel in literature

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521833929 | ISBN-10: 0521833922)

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  • Published March 2004

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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.


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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