Romantic Cyborgs

Romantic Cyborgs

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Literary critics have long regarded the rejection of technology as a distinguishing feature of American Romanticism. Yet as Klaus Benesch shows in this insightful study, the attitude of antebellum writers toward the advent of the machine age was far more complicated than often supposed. Although fraught with tension, the relationship between professional authorship and evolving technology reflected a pattern of adjustment rather than opposition, as writers sought to redefine their place within a culture that increasingly valued the engineer and the scientist.... no means does Hawthorne condemn the onward course of history and its tragic implications for the old apple dealer. ... transformation into a token of sublimity is thus bound to reinforce rather than to undermine his precarious social status.

Title:Romantic Cyborgs
Author: Klaus Benesch
Publisher:Univ of Massachusetts Press - 2002-01-01

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