Modernist Informatics: Literature, Information, and the State (Modernist Literature and Culture)

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780190211691: Modernist Informatics: Literature, Information, and the State (Modernist Literature and Culture)

Between steam and cybernetics lies a missing phase in the history of information culture. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, national governments and writers of fiction alike began to take an interest in information not simply as fact, nor yet as effortlessly transmissible data, but as an unusual and destabilizing new phenomenon. Modernist Informatics mines this burgeoning bureaucracy and marshals an array of archival evidence to detail the varied reactions of writers struggling in their lives and works to make sense of this strange new age of information.

As James Purdon recounts in this fascinating study, many people, including Joseph Conrad and Walter Benjamin, felt the presence of information as an interruption rather than an enhancement of meaningful communication. Its intrusion provoked strong reactions from novelists such as Arnold Bennett, Ford Madox Ford, and Graham Greene. Each regarded the prying eyes of information society with increasing unease, as they struggled to overcome the division of daily existence between a fixed entity on a ledger and the imaginative possibility of everyday life. For others, such as Elizabeth Bowen, the nascent information age offered new opportunities for transforming experience into prose. Relating these varied, complex reactions and how they found their way into fiction, Purdon shows how historical changes shaped the narratives at his study's core and gave birth to a range of new informatic phenomena: passports and identity papers; the dossiers of the Mass-Observation movement; the literal and figurative blackout procedures of the Blitz; and the government-sponsored "information films" of John Grierson.

Modernist Informatics ingeniously traces how information culture seeped into everyday lives, forging a relationship of entanglement as well as antagonism-a tension that was central to the shaping of modernity.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


James Purdon is a Research Fellow in English Literature at Cambridge University.

Review:


"This stylish study describes how experimental narrative forms registered the transformations and encroachments of a proliferating body of state-managed knowledge in Britain across the first half of the century. Historically meticulous, critically agile, and written with energy and flair, Modernist Informatics offers an altogether original account of modernism's civic engagements." --Marina MacKay, author of Modernism and World War II


"Modernist Informatics shows how questions about the control and spread of information shaped the British cultural imaginary from the turn of the century to the Second World War. Purdon's lucid and timely study places fiction, documentary film, and the Mass-Observation movement alongside state policy and wartime censorship in their urgent concern with 'the government of information.'" --Richard Menke, author of Telegraphic Realism: Victorian Fiction and Other Information Systems


"Modernist Informatics shows James Purdon to be one of the most exciting scholars to have emerged in the field of modernist studies in recent years. The book offers splendid new insights into how the mediation and governance of information was addressed in a wide range of works by major and lesser-known writers in the first half of the twentieth century." --Alex Houen, author of Terrorism and Modern Literature: From Joseph Conrad to Ciaran Carson


"This is an original, expertly researched, imaginatively brilliant book, tracking information paranoia in modernist and wartime writing. The book explores the growth of a data/surveillance culture processing subjects into dossiers, informational grids, postal addresses, files and connecting Victorian systematizing of population with the IT revolution of the 1940s and 1950s by sketching forth the missing middle, the sudden expansion of classificatory procedures into modes of state biopower." --Adam Piette, author of The Literary Cold War, 1945-Vietnam


"James Purdon's luminous, searching study shows how the information age had its beginning not in our digital world but in the historical interval between steam and cybernetics. He seems to have read everything written in this period, and Modernist Informatics deftly shows how information moved pervasively but often undetected between public and private domains. Tenaciously charting the intimate, intricate media ecology of official documents and weaving together themes of secrecy, ciphering, sorting, copying, monitoring, interception, and forgery, Purdon shows brilliantly how informatic processes coalesce with the formal and narrative devices of several canonical authors, the auto-anthropology of Mass-Observation, and the documentary cinema of John Grierson. An arrestingly new understanding of modernism emerges from alert and supple analyses provided in Modernist Informatics." --Steven Connor, author of Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism


"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 69.00
US$ 58.37

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

James Purdon
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0190211695 ISBN 13: 9780190211691
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2015. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Between steam and cybernetics lies a missing phase in the history of information culture. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, national governments and writers of fiction alike began to take an interest in information not simply as fact, nor yet as effortlessly transmissible data, but as an unusual and destabilizing new phenomenon. For some writers, such as Joseph Conrad and Walter Benjamin, information came to represent not effortless transmissibility, but rather an interruption of meaningful communication. For others - such as Elizabeth Bowen - such interruptions were themselves ways of making new kinds of meaning. The attempt to reimagine and redefine information produced a range of new informatic phenomena dedicated to its control: passports, files, and identity papers; the files of Mass-Observation movement; the literal and figurative blackout procedures of the Blitz; and the government-backed information film . Modernist Informatics traces the effects of these new phenomena in early twentieth-century culture, where experimental approaches to narrative and to subjectivity began to compete with government archives for the right to represent the citizens of the modern security state. It argues that information and literary narrative have a history of entanglement as well as antagonism, and that this double relation was central to the cultural shaping of modernity. Bookseller Inventory # AOP9780190211691

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 58.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

James Purdon
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0190211695 ISBN 13: 9780190211691
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2015. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Between steam and cybernetics lies a missing phase in the history of information culture. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, national governments and writers of fiction alike began to take an interest in information not simply as fact, nor yet as effortlessly transmissible data, but as an unusual and destabilizing new phenomenon. For some writers, such as Joseph Conrad and Walter Benjamin, information came to represent not effortless transmissibility, but rather an interruption of meaningful communication. For others - such as Elizabeth Bowen - such interruptions were themselves ways of making new kinds of meaning. The attempt to reimagine and redefine information produced a range of new informatic phenomena dedicated to its control: passports, files, and identity papers; the files of Mass-Observation movement; the literal and figurative blackout procedures of the Blitz; and the government-backed information film . Modernist Informatics traces the effects of these new phenomena in early twentieth-century culture, where experimental approaches to narrative and to subjectivity began to compete with government archives for the right to represent the citizens of the modern security state. It argues that information and literary narrative have a history of entanglement as well as antagonism, and that this double relation was central to the cultural shaping of modernity. Bookseller Inventory # AOP9780190211691

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 58.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

James Purdon
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0190211695 ISBN 13: 9780190211691
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0190211695

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 54.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

James Purdon
Published by OUP USA 2015-12-01, New York, NY (2015)
ISBN 10: 0190211695 ISBN 13: 9780190211691
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA 2015-12-01, New York, NY, 2015. hardback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780190211691

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 51.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.98
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

James Purdon
Published by OUP USA 2016-01-07 (2016)
ISBN 10: 0190211695 ISBN 13: 9780190211691
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA 2016-01-07, 2016. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-OUP-00102280

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 58.09
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.98
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Purdon, James
ISBN 10: 0190211695 ISBN 13: 9780190211691
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2015. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VU-9780190211691

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 60.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

James Purdon
Published by OUP USA
ISBN 10: 0190211695 ISBN 13: 9780190211691
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9780190211691

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 61.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.23
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Purdon, James
Published by Oxford Univ Pr (2015)
ISBN 10: 0190211695 ISBN 13: 9780190211691
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford Univ Pr, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 240 pages. 9.30x6.50x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __0190211695

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 71.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.98
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

James Purdon
Published by Oxford University Press (2015)
ISBN 10: 0190211695 ISBN 13: 9780190211691
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0190211695

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 84.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

James Purdon
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0190211695 ISBN 13: 9780190211691
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2015. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Between steam and cybernetics lies a missing phase in the history of information culture. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, national governments and writers of fiction alike began to take an interest in information not simply as fact, nor yet as effortlessly transmissible data, but as an unusual and destabilizing new phenomenon. For some writers, such as Joseph Conrad and Walter Benjamin, information came to represent not effortless transmissibility, but rather an interruption of meaningful communication. For others - such as Elizabeth Bowen - such interruptions were themselves ways of making new kinds of meaning. The attempt to reimagine and redefine information produced a range of new informatic phenomena dedicated to its control: passports, files, and identity papers; the files of Mass-Observation movement; the literal and figurative blackout procedures of the Blitz; and the government-backed information film . Modernist Informatics traces the effects of these new phenomena in early twentieth-century culture, where experimental approaches to narrative and to subjectivity began to compete with government archives for the right to represent the citizens of the modern security state. It argues that information and literary narrative have a history of entanglement as well as antagonism, and that this double relation was central to the cultural shaping of modernity. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780190211691

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 87.63
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book