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by Martin Paul Eve

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Overview

This book is available as open access through the Bloomsbury Open Access programme and is available on www.bloomsburycollections.com. The open-access edition of this text was made possible by a Philip Leverhulme Prize from The Leverhulme Trust.

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Where does a password end and an identity begin? A person might be more than his chosen ten-character combination, but does a bank know that? Or an email provider? What's an 'identity theft' in the digital age if not the unauthorized use of a password? In untangling the histories, cultural contexts and philosophies of the password, Martin Paul Eve explores how 'what we know' became 'who we are', revealing how the modern notion of identity has been shaped by the password.

Ranging from ancient Rome and the 'watchwords' of military encampments, through the three-factor authentication systems of Harry Potter and up to the biometric scanner in the iPhone, Password makes a timely and important contribution to our understanding of the words, phrases and special characters that determine our belonging and, often, our being.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501314889
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2016
Series: Object Lessons
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 494 KB

About the Author

Martin Paul Eve is Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. He is the author of Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Pynchon and Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Foucault and Adorno (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
Martin Paul Eve is Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. He is the author of Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future (2014); Pynchon and Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Foucault and Adorno (2014); Password (2016); and Literature Against Criticism: University English and Contemporary Fiction in Conflict.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. “Who goes there?”: Military, Mortality and Passwords
3. Special Characters: Passwords in Literature and Film
4. P455w0rd5 and the Digital Era
5. Identity

List of Illustrations
Notes
Index

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