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Part technological history of the emergent new media in the late nineteenth century, past theoretical discussion of the responses to these media - including texts by Rilke, Kafka, and Heidegger, as well as elaborations by Edison, Bell, Turing, and other innovators - Gramphone, Film, Typewriter analyzes this momentous shift using insights from the work of Foucault, Lacan, and McLuhan. Fusing discourse analysis, structuralist psychoanalysis, and media theory, and the author adds a vital historical dimension to the current debates over the relationship between electronic literacy and poststructuralism, and the extent to which we are constituted by our technologies.
"Media determine our situation ..." states Kittler (aesthetics and media studies, Humboldt U., Berlin). Offering a history of this "electric trinity" and theoretical analysis of the responses to the ensuing media revolution, the author draws on the works of such as Heidegger, Foucault, McLuhan, and technological innovators like Edison. The translators' introduction places the discourse in the context of renewed interest in oral communication; Kittler's (Stanford, 1990); "Lacancan and Derridada" influences; and computer technology. Originally published in German as (Brinkmann & Bose, 1986). Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)