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The Machine Age

Nicholas Daly

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0017

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 The Machine Age

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This article examines the history of modernism during the Machine Age. It suggests that modernism is not the literature of technology, but one in a longer series of literatures of technology. The article argues that the flourishing of modernism can seen to correspond to what is termed the second industrial revolution, which was ushered in by the internal combustion engine, the harnessing of electricity, and new technologies of sound and image. It also describes the impact of specific technologies on modernism.

Keywords: modernism; Machine Age; literature; technology; industrial revolution; internal combustion engine; electricity

Article.  8542 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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