Modernist Avant-Garde Aesthetics and Contemporary Military Technology: Technicities of Perception

Overview

In this book, mechanical and electronic technologies forge connections between two apparently unrelated and chronologically disparate fields of production: today's state-of-the-art military technologies and the experimental art, music, and writing of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The vast surveillance and killing machines of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries found both resources and resistance in the work of early avant-garde poetics. Modernist aesthetics addressed the conditions of ...

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Overview

In this book, mechanical and electronic technologies forge connections between two apparently unrelated and chronologically disparate fields of production: today's state-of-the-art military technologies and the experimental art, music, and writing of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The vast surveillance and killing machines of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries found both resources and resistance in the work of early avant-garde poetics. Modernist aesthetics addressed the conditions of possibility that are most dramatically actualized by contemporary military technology, which both appropriates and combats a technology of the senses. This book shows how certain artworks foreshadow modern technologies in unforeseen and incalculable ways, from Mina Loy and James Joyce to Marcel Duchamp and H.G. Wells, and performs extended readings of weapons systems, attack helicopters, and targeting technologies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748643196
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ryan Bishop is an associate professor in the English language and literature and the American studies programs at the National University of Singapore.

John Phillips is the author of Contested Knowledge: A Guide to Critical Theory.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

List of Figures viii

Part I Aesthetics, Poetics, Prosthetics 1

1 The Slow and the Blind: Unhinging the Senses to Harness Them 3

2 Sighted Weapons and Modernist Opacity: Aesthetics, Poetics, Prosthetics 25

3 We Make It Beautiful 49

4 We Don't Make It Beautifulv68

Part II Broadcast, Hinge, Emergency 93

5 Ventriloquism, Broadcast and Technologies of Narrative 95

6 The Military Body and the Curious Logic of the Hinge 117

7 Manufacturing Emergenciesv135

8 Among the Blind and the Delay 147

Part III Surveillance, Targeting, Containment 167

9 Strategies and Technologies of Containment: Containing the Political 159

10 Scoping Out 197

11 Satellites of Love and War 213

Index 229

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