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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Wireless Writing in the Age of Marconi

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Publisher Comments:

Wireless technology has become deeply embedded in everyday life, but its impact cannot be fully understood without probing the contributions of the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), who ushered in the beginning of wireless communication. Marconi produced and detected sound waves over long distances, using the curvature of the earth for direction, and laid the foundations for what we know as radio—the original mobile, voice-activated, and electronic media community. 

Timothy C. Campbell demonstrates that Marconi’s invention of the wireless telegraph was not simply a technological act but also had an impact on poetry and aesthetics and linked the written word to the rise of mass politics. Reading influential works such as F. T. Marinetti’s futurist manifestos, Rudolf Arnheim’s 1936 study Radio, writings by Gabriele D’Annunzio, and Ezra Pound’s Cantos, Campbell reveals how the newness of wireless technology was inscribed in the ways modernist authors engaged with typographical experimentation, apocalyptic tones, and newly minted models for registering voices. Wireless Writing in the Age of Marconi presents an alternative history of modernism that listens as well as looks and bears in mind the altered media environment brought about by the emergence of the wireless. 

Timothy C. Campbell is associate professor of Italian at Cornell University.

Book News Annotation:

According to Campbell (Italian, Cornell U.), in its attempt to register voices and modulate frequencies through typography, onomatopoeia, punctuation, and quotation marks, Ezra Pound's Cantos demonstrates the impact of wireless technology on literature nearly a full decade before the emergence of radio broadcasting in Europe. The Cantos and other texts are discussed as examples of how features of "wireless writing" became linked to fascist symbolic, somatic, and political values. For example, in discussing Ezra Pound's notion of kulchur, Campbell argues that "both kulchur and fascism exploit wireless acoustic spacing to inscribe commands in a flash; with the evolution of a wireless media ecology, frequency modulation and the altered time axis of acoustic events become two of the principal media conditions of fascism."
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

According to Campbell (Italian, Cornell U.), in its attempt to register voices and modulate frequencies through typography, onomatopoeia, punctuation, and quotation marks, Ezra Pound's Cantos demonstrates the impact of wireless technology on literature nearly a full decade before the emergence of radio broadcasting in Europe. The Cantos and other texts are discussed as examples of how features of "wireless writing" became linked to fascist symbolic, somatic, and political values. For example, in discussing Ezra Pound's notion of kulchur, Campbell argues that "both kulchur and fascism exploit wireless acoustic spacing to inscribe commands in a flash; with the evolution of a wireless media ecology, frequency modulation and the altered time axis of acoustic events become two of the principal media conditions of fascism." Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816644421
Author:
Campbell, Timothy
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Academic
Subject:
Telecommunications
Subject:
Radio broadcasting
Subject:
TEC056000
Subject:
Aspects
Subject:
Radio authorship
Subject:
Radio -- History.
Subject:
Engineering -- History.
Edition Number:
First
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Electronic Mediations
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 halftones
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 5.88 x 0.5 in

Related Subjects

Engineering » Communications » Telephony
Engineering » Engineering » History
Reference » Science Reference » Technology

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