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Film Serials and the American Cinema, 1910-1940
The chapter introduces the concept of the operational aesthetic and situates it in the context of the nineteenth century, establishing it as a cyclically recurring aesthetic and mode of engagement with technology, media, and narratives. The chapter correlates newspaper and magazine articles of, for instance, sewing machines, telephones, and nineteenthcentury optical toys to unearth an appreciation of process that applies to technological marvels as well as to written accounts and f ictionaldoi:10.1515/9789048537808-003 fatcat:tckg6enqkfb2nl3naijutyfqvu