Technologys Pulse: Essays on Rhythm in German Modernism Michael Cowan

ISBN: 9780854572304

Published: December 16th 2011

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254 pages


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Technologys Pulse: Essays on Rhythm in German Modernism  by  Michael Cowan

Technologys Pulse: Essays on Rhythm in German Modernism by Michael Cowan
December 16th 2011 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 254 pages | ISBN: 9780854572304 | 4.51 Mb

Modernity, as has often been observed, was fundamentally concerned with questions of temporality. The period around 1900, in particular, witnessed numerous efforts to define, discipline or liberate temporal experience. Within this broader frameworkMoreModernity, as has often been observed, was fundamentally concerned with questions of temporality. The period around 1900, in particular, witnessed numerous efforts to define, discipline or liberate temporal experience.

Within this broader framework of thinking about temporality, rhythm came to form the object of an intense and widespread preoccupation. Rhythmical research played a central role not only in the reconceptualisation of human physiology and labour in the late nineteenth century, but also in the emergence of a new leisure culture in the early twentieth. The book traces the ways in which notions of rhythm were mobilised both to conceptualise modernity (narrate its origins and prescribe its directions) and, in particular, to forge a new understanding of temporal media that came to mark the mass-mediated experience of the 1920s: a conception of artistic media as mediators between the organic and the rational, the time of the body and that of the machine.

Michael Cowan is Associate Professor of German and World Cinemas at McGill University. He is the author of Cult of the Will: Nervousness and German Modernity (2008), as well as several articles and collections on German literature, film, media and cultural history.



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