Esthetic Experiments: Interdisciplinary Challenges in American Studies
Edyta Just, Marek Wojtaszek
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Aug 26, 2014 - Science - 197 pages
Contemporary American landscape is wrought with ongoing processes and phenomena of technicization observable at the intersections of multiple layers of society. This book brings to attention their cultural and political aspects, emphasizing timeliness and necessity of academic intervention into, and evaluation of, their specificity and ramifications. Presenting critical and analytical account of cultural narratives which define, speak of, and use diverse technologies (of writing, sound, media representations, surveillance, war), the texts compiled in this volume investigate the coalescence between technological production on the one hand, and the textual on the other. The idea of the book responds to the current academic appeal – inspired by postmodern questioning of the foundations and realized, most importantly, by deconstruction – to dismantle one of the constitutive pillars of Western civilization, namely, between techne and episteme. In their interpretative mode, the texts proceed largely experimentally, bridging the gap between techne and episteme. In doing so, they endeavor to reformulate and complexify an experience of American culture. The book aims to clarify and exemplify that the junction of text and technology implies that meanings are embedded in a material. Consequently, the publication introduces and popularizes the assumption that American cultural experience emerges as a genuine experiment of an esthetic nature.
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CHAPTER FOUR HUMANE SOLDIERS
CHAPTER FIVE DIFFERENT FEMINIST APPROACHES TO REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
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CHAPTER SEVEN PRESIDENT GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
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