The Mechanic Muse

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Oxford University Press, 1988 - Fiction - 136 pages
With his customary wit and erudition, one of America's most celebrated and distinguished critics examines the response of literary Modernism to environmental changes caused by technology.
Focusing on Eliot, Pound, Joyce, and Beckett, Hugh Kenner explores how inventions as various as the linotype, the typewriter, the subway, and the computer altered the way these writers viewed and depicted the world. Whether discussing Joyce's acute awareness of the nuances of typesetting or Beckett's experiments with a "proto-computer-language," Kenner consistently approaches the works of these authors from fresh angles and offers a wealth of anecdotes and asides that will delight both the general reader and the literary specialist.

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In five essays and an epilogue, Kenner demonstrates the varied responses of literary High Modernism to the development of technology. The mechanical inventions of the late 19th and early 20th ... Read full review

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About the Author:
Hugh Kenner is Professor of English at The Johns Hopkins University and author of many books, including A Colder Eye: The Modern Irish Writers, The Pound Era, and The Invisible Poet: T.S. Eliot.

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