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Mechanic Muse
     

Mechanic Muse

by Hugh Kenner, Kenner
 

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With his customary wit and erudition, one of America's most celebrated and distinguished critics examines the response of literary Modernism to environmental changes caused by technology.
Focusing on Eliot, Pound, Joyce, and Beckett, Hugh Kenner explores how inventions as various as the linotype, the typewriter, the subway, and the computer altered the way

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With his customary wit and erudition, one of America's most celebrated and distinguished critics examines the response of literary Modernism to environmental changes caused by technology.
Focusing on Eliot, Pound, Joyce, and Beckett, Hugh Kenner explores how inventions as various as the linotype, the typewriter, the subway, and the computer altered the way these writers viewed and depicted the world. Whether discussing Joyce's acute awareness of the nuances of typesetting or Beckett's experiments with a "proto-computer-language," Kenner consistently approaches the works of these authors from fresh angles and offers a wealth of anecdotes and asides that will delight both the general reader and the literary specialist.

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Library Journal
In five essays and an epilogue, Kenner demonstrates the varied responses of literary High Modernism to the development of technology. The mechanical inventions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries irrevocably altered human perception and action. Kenner shows how Eliot, Pound, Joyce, and Beckett responded to those alterations, not only in their choice of subject matter but in the very nature of the language and structures they used. Whether discussing Eliot's urban commuters, Joyce's negotiations with print technology, or Beckett's invention of a ``proto-computer-language,'' Kenner is both learned and playful, teasing ideas out of a wealth of fascinating detail. Highly recommended. Michael Hennessy, English Dept., Southwest Texas State Univ., San Marcos

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195041422
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1986
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.70(d)

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About the Author:
Hugh Kenner is Professor of English at The Johns Hopkins University and author of many books, including A Colder Eye: The Modern Irish Writers, The Pound Era, and The Invisible Poet: T.S. Eliot.

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