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Novel Theory and Technology in Modernist Britain

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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108426046

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  • Modernism reshaped novel theory, shifting criticism away from readers' experiences and toward the work as an object autonomous from any reader. Novel Theory and Technology in Modernist Britain excavates technology's crucial role in this evolution and offers a new history of modernism's vision of the novel. To many modernists, both novel and machine increasingly seemed to merge into the experiences of readers or users. But modernists also saw potential for a different understanding of technology - in pre-modern machines, or the technical functioning of technologies stripped of their current social roles. With chapters on Henry James, Ford Madox Ford, Wyndham Lewis, and Rebecca West, Novel Theory argues that in these alternative visions of technology, modernists found models for how the novel might become an autonomous, intellectual object rather than a familiar experience, and articulated a future for the novel by imagining it as a new kind of machine.

    • Reveals links between early twentieth-century theories of technology and of the novel
    • Excavates technology's crucial role in modernist novel theory
    • Presents an unexpected side of feminist writer Rebecca West
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    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108426046
    • length: 206 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. Readers and machines in modernist novel theory
    1. Point of view as projector: Henry James, Percy Lubbock, and the modernist management of reading
    2. What carries the novel: Ford Madox Ford, Impressionist connectivity, and the telephone
    3. 'Every age has been 'a machine age'': Wyndham Lewis and the novel's technological temporality
    4. From empathy to the super-cortex: Rebecca West's technics of the novel
    Conclusion. Novel theory and technology in late Modernism.

  • Author

    Heather Fielding, Purdue University Northwest, Indiana
    Heather Fielding is Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of the Honors College at Purdue University Northwest in Westville and Hammond, Indiana.

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