New Media, 1740--1915 / Edition 1by Lisa Gitelman
Pub. Date: 10/01/2004
Publisher: MIT Press
Reminding us that all media were once new, this book challenges the notion that to study new media is to study exclusively today's new media. Examining a variety of media in their historic contexts, it explores those moments of transition when new media were not yet fully defined and their significance was still in flux. Examples range from familiar devices such as
Reminding us that all media were once new, this book challenges the notion that to study new media is to study exclusively today's new media. Examining a variety of media in their historic contexts, it explores those moments of transition when new media were not yet fully defined and their significance was still in flux. Examples range from familiar devices such as the telephone and phonograph to unfamiliar curiosities such as the physiognotrace and the zograscope.
Moving beyond the story of technological innovation, the book considers emergent media as sites of ongoing cultural exchange. It considers how habits and structures of communication can frame a collective sense of public and private and how they inform our apprehensions of the "real." By recovering different (and past) senses of media in transition, New Media, 1740-1915 promises to deepen our historical understanding of all media and thus to sharpen our critical awareness of how they acquire their meaning and power.
ContributorsWendy Bellion, Erin C.
Blake, Patricia Crain, Ellen Gruber Garvey, Lisa Gitelman, Geoffrey B. Pingree,
Gregory Radick, Laura Burd Schiavo, Katherine Stubbs, Diane Zimmerman Umble, Paul
Table of Contents
|Introduction: What's New About New Media?||xi|
|1||Zograscopes, Virtual Reality, and the Mapping of Polite Society in Eighteenth-Century England||1|
|2||Heads of State: Profiles and Politics in Jeffersonian America||31|
|3||Children of Media, Children as Media: Optical Telegraphs, Indian Pupils, and Joseph Lancaster's System for Cultural Replication||61|
|4||Telegraphy's Corporeal Fictions||91|
|5||From Phantom Image to Perfect Vision: Physiological Optics, Commercial Photography, and the Popularization of the Stereoscope||113|
|6||Sinful Network or Divine Service: Competing Meanings of the Telephone in Amish Country||139|
|7||Souvenir Foils: On the Status of Print at the Origin of Recorded Sound||157|
|8||R. L. Garner and the Rise of the Edison Phonograph in Evolutionary Philology||175|
|9||Scissorizing and Scrapbooks: Nineteenth-Century Reading, Remaking, and Recirculating||207|
|10||Media on Display: A Telegraphic History of Early American Cinema||229|
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