1. Introduction: The Twentieth-Century Technological Imaginary.
2. Writing Technology: Literature and Theory.
3. Media Technologies and Modern Culture.
4. Cold War Technologies.
5. Technological Texts: from Typewriters to Hypermedia.
6. Robots, Cyborgs and the Technological Body.
The British Society for Literature and Science
"From railways to C3 systems, Kipling to Kittler, Alex Goody draws deftly on a remarkable range of examples to chart the modern technological imaginary. She produces a useful and accessible overview of technology's politico-cultural manifestations and an excellent survey of the theoretical underpinnings of recent scholarly approaches to the field."
Debra Rae Cohen, University of South Carolina
"This compelling study poses searching questions about modern subjectivities by exploring the intimate relationship between writing and technology. Goody persuasively demonstrates the intricate ways in which technology is embedded in popular and avant-garde culture, from Victorian technologies of electricity and photography to the management, robotic, military and leisure technologies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries."
Martin Halliwell, Professor of American Studies, University of Leicester
"From the train crash to the photograph to the typewriter to hypertext, Alex Goody's deft introduction to technology, literature and culture is as enlightening as it is pleasurable to read. Containing sophisticated arguments linking a range of theorists of technology, including Benjamin, McLuhan, Kittler, Jameson and Haraway, Goody also illuminates the unexpected ways in which nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature interacts with the technological developments of modernity. Whether your primary interest is modernist poetry, cyberpunk, James Bond or death by electrocution, this book has something for you."
Pam Thurschwell, University of Sussex
- An overview of the topic of technology in literature, covering the span from late Victorian innovations, through modernism and the cold war, to computing and the internet.
- Brings together a wide range of literature in a concise, student-oriented fashion.
- Balances theory with close readings of key authors including Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, Ian Fleming, Kurt Vonnegut, Don DeLillo, Jeanette Winterson and Shelley Jackson.
- Part of Polity's successful Themes in 20th and 21st Century Literature series.