The Machine in the Garden

Author: Leo Marx
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195133516
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For more than 40 years, Marx's work focused on technology and culture in 19th- and 20th-century America. This edition celebrates the anniversary of Marx's classic text, and features a new Afterword on the process of writing the book. Illustrations.

Landscapes of the New West

Author: Krista Comer
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 9780807848135
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In the early 1970s, empowered by the civil rights and women's movements, a new group of women writers began speaking to the American public. Their topic, broadly defined, was the postmodern American West. By the mid-1980s, their combined works made for a bona fide literary groundswell in both critical and commercial terms. However, as Krista Comer notes, despite the attentions of publishers, the media, and millions of readers, literary scholars have rarely addressed this movement or its writers. Too many critics, Comer argues, still enamored of western images that are both masculine and antimodern, have been slow to reckon with the emergence of a new, far more "feminine," postmodern, multiracial, and urban west. Here, she calls for a redesign of the field of western cultural studies, one that engages issues of gender and race and is more self-conscious about space itself_especially that cherished symbol of western "authenticity," open landscape. Surveying works by Joan Didion, Wanda Coleman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Leslie Marmon Silko, Barbara Kingsolver, Pam Houston, Louise Erdrich, Sandra Cisneros, and Mary Clearman Blew, Comer shows how these and other contemporary women writers have mapped new geographical imaginations upon the cultural and social spaces of today's American West.

Civilizing the Machine

Author: John F. Kasson
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780809016204
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A major theme in American history has been the desire to achieve a genuinely republican way of life that values liberty, order, and virtue. This work shows us how new technologies affected this drive for a republican civilization - a question as vital now as ever.

Brooklyn Bridge

Author: Alan Trachtenberg
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226811154
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Investigates the continuing impact of the Brooklyn Bridge upon the American imagination, exploring both its symbolic significance as reflected in the works of Hart Crane and others and its importance as an engineering accomplishment

Locating American Studies

Author: Lucy Maddox
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801860560
Format: PDF
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Maddox has brought together works by a distinguished group of scholars which provide a useful window into the history and the evolution of the practice of American studies from its early, formational days to the present.

Rereading the Machine in the Garden

Author: Eric Erbacher
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593501910
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The volume reexamines the trope of the intrusive machine and the regenerative pastoral garden, laid out fifty years ago by Leo Marx inThe Machine in the Garden, one of the founding texts of American Studies. Contributions explore the lasting influence of the trope in American culture and the arts, rereading it as a dialectics where nature is as much technologized as technology is naturalized. They trace this dialectic trope in filmic and literary representations of industrial, bureaucratic, and digital gardens; they explore its function in the aftermath of the civil war, the rural electrification during the New Deal, in landscape art, and in ethnic literatures; and they discuss the historical premises and lasting influence of Leo Marx's seminal study.

Making the Modern

Author: Terry Smith
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226763471
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Smith reveals how this visual revolution played an instrumental role in the complex psychological, social, economic, and technological changes that came to be known as the second industrial revolution. From the role of visualization in the invention of the assembly line, to office and building design, to the corporate and lifestyle images that filled new magazines such as Life and Fortune, he traces the extent to which the second wave of industrialization engaged the visual arts to project a new iconology of progress.

Feeling Mediated

Author: Brenton J. Malin
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814762794
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New technologies, whether text message or telegraph, inevitably raise questions about emotion. New forms of communication bring with them both fear and hope, on one hand allowing us deeper emotional connections and the ability to forge global communities, while on the other prompting anxieties about isolation and over-stimulation. Feeling Mediated investigates the larger context of such concerns, considering both how media technologies intersect with our emotional lives and how our ideas about these intersections influence how we think about and experience emotion and technology themselves. Drawing on extensive archival research, Brenton J. Malin explores the historical roots of much of our recent understanding of mediated feelings, showing how earlier ideas about the telegraph, phonograph, radio, motion pictures, and other once-new technologies continue to inform our contemporary thinking. With insightful analysis, Feeling Mediated explores a series of fascinating arguments about technology and emotion that became especially heated during the early 20th century. These debates, which carried forward and transformed earlier discussions of technology and emotion, culminated in a set of ideas that became institutionalized in the structures of American media production, advertising, social research, and policy, leaving a lasting impact on our everyday lives.

American Technological Sublime

Author: David E. Nye
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262640343
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Technology has long played a central role in the formation of Americans' sense ofselfhood. From the first canal systems through the moon landing, Americans have, for better orworse, derived unity from the common feeling of awe inspired by large-scale applications oftechnological prowess. American Technological Sublime continues the exploration of the socialconstruction of technology that David Nye began in his award-winning book Electrifying America. HereNye examines the continuing appeal of the "technological sublime" (a term coined by Perry Miller) asa key to the nation's history, using as examples the natural sites, architectural forms, andtechnological achievements that ordinary people have valued intensely.American Technological Sublimeis a study of the politics of perception in industrial society. Arranged chronologically, itsuggests that the sublime itself has a history - that sublime experiences are emotionalconfigurations that emerge from new social and technological conditions, and that each newconfiguration to some extent undermines and displaces the older versions. After giving a shorthistory of the sublime as an aesthetic category, Nye describes the reemergence and democratizationof the concept in the early nineteenth century as an expression of the American sense ofspecialness.What has filled the American public with wonder, awe, even terror? David Nye selects theGrand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the Erie Canal, the firsttranscontinental railroad, Eads Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, the major international expositions, theHudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909, the Empire State Building, and Boulder Dam. He then looks at theatom bomb tests and the Apollo mission as examples of the increasing ambivalence of thetechnological sublime in the postwar world. The festivities surrounding the rededication of theStatue of Liberty in 1986 become a touchstone reflecting the transformation of the Americanexperience of the sublime over two centuries. Nye concludes with a vision of the modern-day"consumer sublime" as manifested in the fantasy world of Las Vegas.