"EVERYWHERE THE ELECTRIC :" SCIENCE AND LITERATURE IN THE AGE OF THE CYBER John de la Mothe

Ludmilla Jordanova, Ed
1987 unpublished
Alienation and authentic experience are the chief incongruent categories through which we must sift to organize what we mean when we say "modernism" : that condition in which the shock of the new is perpetually mitigated by science (changing our conceptions of ourselves) and technology (changing our relationships with nature). Despite the ensuing interpretive confusion, however, a surprisingly common and uncannily enduring assumption about the modern element in literature has persisted for more
more » ... than half a century. Well before Hugh Kenner, Harry Levin, or Irving Howe' were inclined to artificially seal off the period for the purposes of study, the work of critics as different as Leavis and Lukacs was already structured by a shared presupposition that modern literature acts
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