Narratives and Spaces: Technology and the Construction of American Culture

Narratives and Spaces: Technology and the Construction of American Culture

by David E. Nye
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231111975

ISBN-13: 9780231111973

Pub. Date: 01/27/1998

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Nye analyzes the transformation of the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls into tourist sites, the history of light shows at world's fairs, the New Deal programs designed to provide electricity to rural areas, the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the new narratives of the Internet to reveal how the spaces we live in and the technology we use are integral to American identity

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Overview

Nye analyzes the transformation of the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls into tourist sites, the history of light shows at world's fairs, the New Deal programs designed to provide electricity to rural areas, the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the new narratives of the Internet to reveal how the spaces we live in and the technology we use are integral to American identity, and a key part of American self-representation. In examining the interaction of technology, space, and American narrative, Nye argues against the idea that technology is an inevitable and insidious controller of our lives.

Columbia University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231111973
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/27/1998
Series:
Cultural Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Chapter Attribution
Introduction1
1Constructing Nature: Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon13
2Electrifying the American West, 1880-194025
3Domestic Landscape: Wright Morris's The Home Place45
4Reconstructing Rural Space: Four Narratives of New Deal Electrification61
5Energy Narratives75
6Space of the Past: E. L. Doctorow's World's Fair93
7Electrifying Expositions, 1880-1939113
8European self-Representations at the New York World's Fair of 1939129
9Don't Fly Me to the Moon: The Public and the Apollo Space Program147
10Postmodernism and the Computer Society161
Conclusion: Technology and the Construction of American Space179
Notes191
Index219

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