James Joyce's Techno-Poetics

James Joyce's Techno-Poetics

by Donald Theall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802009689

ISBN-13: 9780802009685

Pub. Date: 06/28/1997

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

James Joyce's Techno-Poetics is on the cutting edge of an original and exciting new trend in Joycean studies, as it combines the study of literature, technology, and communication to reveal James Joyce as 'a key figure in the history of cyberculture.'

Donald Theall examines for the first time how Joyce conceived of the artist as an engineer and the

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James Joyce's Techno-Poetics is on the cutting edge of an original and exciting new trend in Joycean studies, as it combines the study of literature, technology, and communication to reveal James Joyce as 'a key figure in the history of cyberculture.'

Donald Theall examines for the first time how Joyce conceived of the artist as an engineer and the artist's works as constructions, and reveals the importance of Joyce's understanding of the direction of a developing technoculture. Theall explores the interrelationships between the machinic and the processes of encoding, decoding, reading, writing, and interpreting in Joyce's self-reflexive treatment of the book in Finnegans Wake. By situating this project in relation to memory and cultural production, Theall argues that Joyce's radical paramodern poetic practice has important implications for a wide variety of subsequent cultural and theoretical movements: dramatism, poststructuralism, semiology, and hypertextuality. Theall places Joyce in the context of other modern thinkers, such as Benjamin and Bataille, and draws a direct line of influence from Joyce to Marshall McLuhan and Neuromancer author William Gibson.

This is a remarkable and innovative work that makes an important contribution not only to Joycean studies, but to literary theory, modernism, cultural analysis, the history of ideas, and the relationship between literature, science, and technology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802009685
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations and Reference Style
Introduction
1James Joyce and the 'Modern': Machines, Media and the Mimetic3
2Art as Vivisection: The Encyclopaedic Mechanics and Menippean Satire16
3Electro-Mechanization, Communication, and the Poet as Engineer30
4Singing the Electro-Mechano-Chemical Body50
5Books, Machines, and Processes of Production and Consumption62
6The Machinic Maze of Mimesis: The Labyrinthine Dance of Mind and Machine73
7Mimicry, Memory, Mummery, and the Multiplying of Media87
8Secularizing the Sacred: The Art of Profane Illumination103
9Assembling and Tailoring a Modern Hermetic Techno-Cultural Allegory117
10The Rhythmatick of Our Eternal Geomater130
11The New Techno-Culture of Space-Time142
12Cultural Production and the Dynamic Mechanics of Quanta and the Chaosmos154
13The Relativities of Light, Colour, and Sensory Perception169
14Conclusion184
Notes197
Bibliography227
Index239

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