Reading Avital Ronell’s unconventionally designed The Telephone Book implies reading material form as well as semantic content. Such a reading emphasizes the book’s typographical illegibilities, which become the figure for the space between person and thing. These illegibilities manifest as unreadable noise, interventions on the print page that produce a technological feminine. Situated alongside ANT (actor-network theory), media theory, and cyborg feminism, the technological feminine gestures at the limits of these attempts to de–black box media, insisting on an irreducible noise or static in communication.
Anne M. Royston; De–Black Boxing Media: The Technological Feminine in Avital Ronell’s The Telephone Book. Camera Obscura 1 May 2018; 33 (1 (97)): 29–55. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/02705346-4336828
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