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Multimedia Modernism: Literature and the Anglo-American Avant-Garde Julian Murphet

Multimedia Modernism: Literature and the Anglo-American Avant-Garde

Julian Murphet

Published April 30th 2009
ISBN : 9780521513456
Hardcover
220 pages
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Multimedia Modernism explores the complex effects of a new media environment on avant-garde literary production in the early twentieth century. During this period, the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and Louis Zukofsky wrote works which, in oneMoreMultimedia Modernism explores the complex effects of a new media environment on avant-garde literary production in the early twentieth century. During this period, the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and Louis Zukofsky wrote works which, in one way or another, attest to the immense effect that photography, cinematography, mechanical print technology and visual advertising had on the established arts. Re-reading modernisms technological origins through the lens of media theory, this innovative study proposes a serious new methodological approach to modernism in general. Examining a wide range of literature that includes Gertrude Steins contributions to Camera Work, Louis Zukofskys groundbreaking poem A and Wyndham Lewiss celebrated Blast, this book embeds literary revolution within media evolution to show that literary criticism and media history have a lot to learn from each other.