By Mark Goble
Considering texts via Henry James, Gertrude Stein, James Weldon Johnson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, James Agee, and William Carlos Williams, along movie, portray, track, and pop culture, Mark Goble explores the advance of yankee modernism because it was once formed by way of its reaction to know-how and an try and switch how literature itself may well communicate.
Goble's unique readings reinterpret the aesthetics of modernism within the early 20th century, whilst new modes of communique made the adventure of know-how an party for profound experimentation and mirrored image. He follows the assimilation of such "old" media applied sciences because the telegraph, cellphone, and phonograph and their position in inspiring fantasies of connection, which educated a dedication to the materiality of inventive mediums. Describing how relationships made attainable by know-how grew to become extra powerfully skilled with know-how, Goble explores a modernist fetish for media that indicates no symptoms of abating. The "mediated lifestyles" places know-how into communique with a chain of shifts in how americans conceive the mechanics and meanings in their connections to each other, and consequently to the area and to their very own modernity.
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S. culture takes shape as a network of desires for more intimate, material, and affecting relations with technology. Still, modernism’s language of medium aesthetics is an index to the power and appeal of such desires, and an example of what they look like in action. It is not just that many forms of desire were in communication with technology in the first decades of the twentieth century, but that technology itself gives shape and character to experiences of sexuality, racial identity, class, and history, each of which in turn expresses something of what it means to love the media of modernity, to believe they make love possible, and even, at times, to wonder if they love us back.
69 The idiom in which Henry James’s novels account for the reality of connection, as we will see, reflects a remarkable investment in the connection to technology itself. The sociologist Charles Horton Cooley was among the first to argue that communications, in the technical sense, should be considered a distinctive force, with its own determining logic, in the shape of everyday experience. ”70 By “revolution,” Cooley means the combined effects of such inventions as the telegraph and telephone not only on how we communicate but also on how much we do so.
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