Technoromanticism: Digital Narrative, Holism, and the Romance of the Real

Technoromanticism: Digital Narrative, Holism, and the Romance of the Real

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Overview

Technoromanticism pits itself against a hard-headed rationalism, but its most potent antagonists are contemporary pragmatism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, surrealism, and deconstruction—all of which subvert the romantic legacy and provoke new narratives of computing.

This book explores the spectrum of romantic narrative that pervades the digital age, from McLuhan's utopian vision of social reintegration by electronic communication to claims that cyberspace creates new realities. Technoromanticism pits itself against a hard-headed rationalism, but its most potent antagonists are contemporary pragmatism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, surrealism, and deconstruction--all of which subvert the romantic legacy and provoke new narratives of computing. Thus the book also serves as an introduction to the application of contemporary theory to information technology, raising issues of representation, space, time, interpretation, identity, and the real. As such, it is a companion to Coyne's Designing Information Technology in the Postmodern Age: From Method to Metaphor (MIT Press, 1995).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262531917
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 01/26/2001
Series: Leonardo Book Series
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Richard Coyne is Professor and Chair of Architectural Computing at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of four other books published by the MIT Press, including The Tuning of Place: Sociable Spaces and Pervasive Digital Media.


Sean Cubitt is Professor of Film and Television at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of The Cinema Effect and the coeditor of Relive: Media Art Histories, both published by the MIT Press.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Unity
How IT Narratives Attempt to Transcend the Material
Realm
1 Digital Utopias
2 Cybernetic Rapture
Multiplicity
The Empiricist Tradition of Realism, and Its
Critics
3 The Empiricist Legacy
4 The Symbolic Order
5 Pragmatics of Cyberspace
Ineffability
How Contemporary Narratives of Fractured Identities
Challenge Technoromanticism
6 Oedipus in Cyberspace
7 Schizophrenia and Suspicion
8 Technoromantic Narratives
Notes
References
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What People are Saying About This

N. Katherine Hayles

This book provides the most comprehensive philosophical and cultural context for understanding information technologies that I have ever seen.

Mark Poster

This is an excellent and most welcome study of the discourse about computer communications, their narrativity as Coyne says, with particular attention to the classic theme of unity and fragmentation.

Endorsement

This is an excellent and most welcome study of the discourse about computer communications, their narrativity as Coyne says, with particular attention to the classic theme of unity and fragmentation.

-- Mark Poster, University of California

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