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The Resource Virtual modernism : writing and technology in the Progressive Era, Katherine Biers

Virtual modernism : writing and technology in the Progressive Era, Katherine Biers

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Virtual modernism : writing and technology in the Progressive Era
Title
Virtual modernism
Title remainder
writing and technology in the Progressive Era
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Katherine Biers
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Language
eng
Summary
  • " In Virtual Modernism, Katherine Biers offers a fresh view of the emergence of American literary modernism from the eruption of popular culture in the early twentieth century. Employing dynamic readings of the works of Stephen Crane, Henry James, James Weldon Johnson, Djuna Barnes, and Gertrude Stein, she argues that American modernist writers developed a "poetics of the virtual" in response to the rise of mass communications technologies before World War I. These authors' modernist formal experimentation was provoked by the immediate, individualistic pleasures and thrills of mass culture. But they also retained a faith in the representational power of language--and the worth of common experience--more characteristic of realism and naturalism. In competition with new media experiences such as movies and recorded music, they simultaneously rejected and embraced modernity. Biers establishes the virtual poetics of these five writers as part of a larger "virtual turn" in the United States, when a fascination with the writings of Henri Bergson, William James, and vitalist philosophy--and the idea of virtual experience--swept the nation. Virtual Modernism contends that a turn to the virtual experience of language was a way for each of these authors to carve out a value for the literary, both with and against the growth of mass entertainments. This technologically inspired reengagement with experience was formative for American modernism. Situated at the crossing points of literary criticism, philosophy, media studies, and history, Virtual Modernism provides an examination of Progressive Era preoccupations with the cognitive and corporeal effects of new media technologies that traces an important genealogy of present-day concerns with virtuality. "--
  • "In Virtual Modernism, Katherine Biers offers a fresh view of the emergence of American literary modernism from the eruption of popular culture in the early twentieth century. Employing dynamic readings of the works of Stephen Crane, Henry James, James Weldon Johnson, Djuna Barnes, and Gertrude Stein, she argues that American modernist writers developed a "poetics of the virtual" in response to the rise of mass communications technologies before World War I. These authors' modernist formal experimentation was provoked by the immediate, individualistic pleasures and thrills of mass culture. But they also retained a faith in the representational power of language--and the worth of common experience--more characteristic of realism and naturalism. In competition with new media experiences such as movies and recorded music, they simultaneously rejected and embraced modernity. Biers establishes the virtual poetics of these five writers as part of a larger "virtual turn" in the United States, when a fascination with the writings of Henri Bergson, William James, and vitalist philosophy--and the idea of virtual experience--swept the nation. Virtual Modernism contends that a turn to the virtual experience of language was a way for each of these authors to carve out a value for the literary, both with and against the growth of mass entertainments. This technologically inspired reengagement with experience was formative for American modernism. Situated at the crossing points of literary criticism, philosophy, media studies, and history, Virtual Modernism provides an examination of Progressive Era preoccupations with the cognitive and corporeal effects of new media technologies that traces an important genealogy of present-day concerns with virtuality."--
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Biers, Katherine
Dewey number
810.9/112
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS228.M63
LC item number
B54 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • American literature
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Literature and technology
  • Popular culture
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
Label
Virtual modernism : writing and technology in the Progressive Era, Katherine Biers
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
  • Introduction: The Promise of the Virtual -- 1. Stephen Crane's Abilities -- 2. Realizing Tribly: Henry James, George du Maurier, and the Intermedial Scene -- 3. Syncope Fever: James Weldon Johnson and the Black Phonographic Voice -- 4. Wonder and Decay: Djuna Barnes's New York -- 5. Gertrude Stein Talking
  • Machine generated contents note: -- Contents -- Introduction: The Promise of the Virtual -- 1. Stephen Crane's Abilities -- 2. Realizing Tribly: Henry James, George du Maurier, and the Intermedial Scene -- 3. Syncope Fever: James Weldon Johnson and the Black Phonographic Voice -- 4. Wonder and Decay: Djuna Barnes's New York -- 5. Gertrude Stein Talking -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index
Control code
840465522
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9780816667543
Lccn
2013018885
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(OCoLC)840465522
Label
Virtual modernism : writing and technology in the Progressive Era, Katherine Biers
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Introduction: The Promise of the Virtual -- 1. Stephen Crane's Abilities -- 2. Realizing Tribly: Henry James, George du Maurier, and the Intermedial Scene -- 3. Syncope Fever: James Weldon Johnson and the Black Phonographic Voice -- 4. Wonder and Decay: Djuna Barnes's New York -- 5. Gertrude Stein Talking
  • Machine generated contents note: -- Contents -- Introduction: The Promise of the Virtual -- 1. Stephen Crane's Abilities -- 2. Realizing Tribly: Henry James, George du Maurier, and the Intermedial Scene -- 3. Syncope Fever: James Weldon Johnson and the Black Phonographic Voice -- 4. Wonder and Decay: Djuna Barnes's New York -- 5. Gertrude Stein Talking -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index
Control code
840465522
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9780816667543
Lccn
2013018885
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)840465522

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