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Mediating Modernity: German Literature and the "New" Media, 1895-1930 - Refiguring Modernism 12 (Paperback)
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Mediating Modernity: German Literature and the "New" Media, 1895-1930 - Refiguring Modernism 12 (Paperback)

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Mediating Modernity examines this probing question: "What happens to the writing of a printed text when the phonograph and cinematograph--and both names refer, not accidentally, to writing--are able to fix the hitherto unwriteable data flow of time and the visual image?" In her study of literary modernism, Stefanie Harris counters existing scholarship by studying literature as a part, rather than an opponent, of its contemporary mediascape, a term used to define not only the existing and emerging technologies that serve to record and transmit information, but also, more broadly, the means by which the world is experienced and understood.

Through an interdisciplinary examination that includes close studies of Rilke, D blin, Dos Passos, Pinthus, Musil, and Hofmannsthal--and relies on the theoretical works of Foucault, Benjamin, and particularly Friedrich Kittler--Harris proposes that literary authors in the early twentieth century, while generally considered far removed from mass culture, engaged in an inevitable, if uneasy, relationship with widespread emergent technologies. These technologies, which radically reoriented temporal and spatial orders and thus the organization of modes of understanding the world, compelled literary authors to draw literature definitively out of the poetically ideal realm and into adaptive contact with other forms of media.

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
ISBN: 9780271035116
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 241 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"In sum, the author succeeds at proposing a revised perspective on what could broadly be termed literary modernism in a way that takes modernism's often only implicitly formulated relation to its own mediascape seriously."

--Gerhard Richter, University of California, Davis


"Well conceived and shrewdly executed, Mediating Modernity impressively traces the ever-shifting relations between modes of literary discourse such as the novel and the mediascape in which photography, film, gramophone, and other technologies transform the ways in which we think, write, and read. It should be of compelling interest to readers in German studies, comparative literature, media studies, cultural studies, and art history."

--Gerhard Richter, University of California, Davis

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