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Reading machines in the modernist Transatlantic: Avant-gardes, technology and the everyday

Abstract

Reading Machines in the Modernist Transatlantic provides a new account of aesthetic and technological innovation, from the Machine Age to the Information Age. Drawing on a wealth of archival discoveries, it argues that modernist vanguardists used technology not only as a means of analysing and critiquing culture, but as a way of feeding back into it. As well as uncovering a new invention by the poet Mina Loy, and revealing the untold story of Bob and Rose Brown’s infamous reading machines, the book places avant-gardes at the centre of innovation across a variety of fields. From Dazzle Camouflage to Reading Machines, and from rail networks to broadcast technology, White explores how avant-gardes combined technicity and aesthetics to provoke socio-political change and to explore new modes of being modern.



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Authors

White, Eric B.

Oxford Brookes departments

Department of English and Modern Languages

Dates

Year of publication: 2020
Date of RADAR deposit: 2020-03-13



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This RADAR resource is the Proof of Reading machines in the modernist Transatlantic: Avant-gardes, technology and the everyday [ISBN: 9781474441490] / by Eric B. White (Edinburgh UP, 2020).

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