Multimedia Modernism: Literature and the Anglo-American Avant-garde

Multimedia Modernism: Literature and the Anglo-American Avant-garde

by Julian Murphet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521513456

ISBN-13: 9780521513456

Pub. Date: 06/08/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Multimedia Modernism explores the complex effects of a new media environment on avant-garde literary production in the early twentieth century. During this period, the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and Louis Zukofsky wrote works which, in one way or another, attest to the immense effect that photography, cinematography, mechanical print technology and visual

Overview

Multimedia Modernism explores the complex effects of a new media environment on avant-garde literary production in the early twentieth century. During this period, the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and Louis Zukofsky wrote works which, in one way or another, attest to the immense effect that photography, cinematography, mechanical print technology and visual advertising had on the established arts. Re-reading modernism's technological origins through the lens of media theory, this innovative study proposes a serious new methodological approach to modernism in general. Examining a wide range of literature that includes Gertrude Stein's contributions to Camera Work, Louis Zukofsky's groundbreaking poem 'A' and Wyndham Lewis's celebrated Blast, this book embeds literary revolution within media evolution to show that literary criticism and media history have a lot to learn from each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521513456
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/08/2009
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Towards a media theory of modern poetics; 2. Camera ready copy; 3. Figure, image, thing; 4. The Vorticist membrane; 5. Zukofsky's cinema; Bibliography.

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