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.
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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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