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Literature, Technology, and Modernity, 1860-2000

ISBN: 9780521123846
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Edition: 0
Publication Date: 2010-01-07
Number of pages: 172
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Writing for scholars of modernism, literature, and film, Nicholas Daly considers the way human/machine encounters have been imagined from the 1860s on, arguing that such scenes dramatize the modernization of subjectivity. Although modernity assumes that there is a difference between people and machines, a consequence of this belief has been a recurring fantasy about the erasure of that difference. The central scenario in this fantasy is the "crash", or collision, sometimes literal, sometimes metaphorical.

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