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American Literature (2017) 89 (4): 904–907.
Published: 01 December 2017
...J. Peter Moore Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture . By Epstein Andrew . New York : Oxford Univ. Press . 2016 . xi, 364 pp. Cloth , $65.00 ; e-book available. The Lyric in the Age of the Brain . By Skillman Nikki...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (3): 634–637.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Kent A. Ono © 2008 by Duke University Press 2008 Dying Planet: Mars in Science and the Imagination . By Robert Markley. Durham, N.C.: Duke Univ. Press. 2005. 456 pp. Cloth, $89.95; paper, $24.95. Mesmerists, Monsters, and Machines: Science Fiction and the Cultures of Science...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (3): 553–584.
Published: 01 September 2018
... to explicitly racialize their central invention, vividly illustrating the afterlife of slavery at the birth of America’s machine culture. Copyright © 2018 by Duke University Press 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Edisonade slavery machine culture Late one day in January 1868, a clanging metallic creature...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (2): 385–416.
Published: 01 June 2019
... that is neither modernist nor postmodernist. This literalism emerges as an aesthetic in the earthworks and writings of Michael Heizer and Robert Smithson and is isolated as a cultural logic by Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow (1973). Backed by the rise of cybernetics, this literalism reconfigures...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (2): 255–279.
Published: 01 June 2023
...: will they gloss over the differences, or will they enact strategies that articulate the differences and explore their implications for humans immersed in algorithmic cultures? The author analyzes three contemporary novels that engage with this challenge: Annalee Newitz’s Autonomous (2017), Kuzuo Ishiguro’s Klara...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (2): 389–419.
Published: 01 June 2010
... of reacting freely and incalculably to [one’s] external surroundings” have suddenly been replaced with “the model of the ants” (84). But Lin does not leave his readers without hope. The answer to these perils of machine culture, he suggests, is that the West must begin to emulate...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (2): 397–413.
Published: 01 June 2023
... a contemporary culture in which we might lose something integral to humanity as we become more integrated with and dependent on machines, and this anxiety too recurs across these works. After briefly describing each text, in order of publication, I comparatively discuss their themes; this approach is informed...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 421–427.
Published: 01 June 2015
... Aesthetics as both the antidote to and the perfec- tion of machine culture.” Assembling a diverse range of print and audiovi- sual sources, Williams considers how Orientalist fantasies of Asian culture permeate Western material cultures in design, print, architecture, litera- ture, and the visual arts...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (1): 61–90.
Published: 01 March 2003
... machine culture, and drawing on the psychoanalytical theory of Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen and others, elaborates a related account of the relation between identification, identity, mimesis, and introjection...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (2): 185–204.
Published: 01 June 2023
... ) edited collection, The Cultural Life of Machine Learning: An Incursion into Critical AI Studies . If for Mackenzie ( 2017 : 22) a central research question is how machine learners “combine knowledge with data” and for Roberge and Castelle ( 2021 : 5) the critical focus is the ML model, “a relatively...
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American Literature (2012) 84 (3): 505–532.
Published: 01 September 2012
... is juxtaposed against the strict correspon- dence of the second. The very lack of connection as the paper drops off the machine between paper, process, and end use would also seem to undermine a reading of the story that would want to make a virtue of allegorical equivalence between story and cultural...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (2): 305–319.
Published: 01 June 2023
..., technological culture and art, the people behind and in front of these machines, systems and structures that enable and maintain the machines, and the techniques and habits that go through/with the machines—all find different (sub)disciplinary configurations studying and critiquing them not only...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (2): 351–363.
Published: 01 June 2023
... the disappearance of the body and surrogate labor, on the other—we get closer to a historical and cultural account of how we have arrived at the term intelligent to describe the senseless weapons of contemporary warfare. In Unmanning: How Humans, Machines and Media Perform Drone Warfare (2020), Katherine...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (2): 379–407.
Published: 01 June 2005
... Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 2000 In 1996, when personal computers had become household appliances rather than mysterious, behemoth machines controlled by MIT, American culture confronted one of its deepest fears, which had been circulating among mathematicians and science- fiction buffs...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (3): 447–475.
Published: 01 September 2016
... expectations and what cultural charges might be attached to the words we have selected. This is the practice that I hope to suggest with the Distance Machine. If word search is necessarily dependent on a body of knowledge about language, the question arises: where does this knowledge come from? The idea...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 418–420.
Published: 01 June 2015
..., Philosophy of Mind, and Cultural Evolution . By Swirski Peter . Montreal : McGill-Queen’s Univ. Press . 2013 . 223 pp. Cloth , $29.95 ; e-book available . © 2015 by Duke University Press 2015 418  American Literature Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History. By Matthew L...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 225–252.
Published: 01 June 2015
...- of-the-century American culture” (1992, 3). Detailing the tensions that come to a head during the late nineteenth and early twentieth cen- turies between “market culture,” in which individuality (and, thus, agency) is determined by what subjects possess, and “machine cul- ture,” in which individuality...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (2): 439–443.
Published: 01 June 2023
... as “speaking”? How did technology and culture combine to make this development thinkable—even, apparently, desirable? Two recent scholarly books attempt to answer such questions historically. Simone Natale’s Deceitful Media focuses on how we came to treat machines as social agents capable of conversation...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (2): 229–254.
Published: 01 June 2023
... in Fallout .” Game Studies 18 , no. 2 . http://gamestudies.org/1802/articles/mcclancy . Mendon-Plasek Aaron . 2021 . “ Mechanized Significance and Machine Learning: Why It Became Thinkable and Preferable to Teach Machines to Judge the World .” In The Cultural Life of Machine Learning...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (2): 415–418.
Published: 01 June 2023
...Tyler Shoemaker tshoemaker@ucdavis.edu The Cultural Life of Machine Learning: An Incursion into Critical AI Studies . Edited by Jonathan Roberge and Michael Castelle . Cham : Palgrave Macmillan . 2021 . xv, 289 pp. Cloth, $109.99 ; paper, $79.99 ; e-book, $75.99...