American Technological Sublime (MIT Press)

3.94 avg rating
( 63 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780262640343: American Technological Sublime (MIT Press)

American Technological Sublime continues the exploration of the social construction of technology that David Nye began in his award-winning book Electrifying America. Here Nye examines the continuing appeal of the "technological sublime" (a term coined by Perry Miller) as a key to the nation's history, using as examples the natural sites, architectural forms, and technological achievements that ordinary people have valued intensely.

Technology has long played a central role in the formation of Americans' sense of selfhood. From the first canal systems through the moon landing, Americans have, for better or worse, derived unity from the common feeling of awe inspired by large-scale applications of technological prowess. American Technological Sublime continues the exploration of the social construction of technology that David Nye began in his award-winning book Electrifying America. Here Nye examines the continuing appeal of the "technological sublime" (a term coined by Perry Miller) as a key to the nation's history, using as examples the natural sites, architectural forms, and technological achievements that ordinary people have valued intensely.

American Technological Sublime is a study of the politics of perception in industrial society. Arranged chronologically, it suggests that the sublime itself has a history - that sublime experiences are emotional configurations that emerge from new social and technological conditions, and that each new configuration to some extent undermines and displaces the older versions. After giving a short history of the sublime as an aesthetic category, Nye describes the reemergence and democratization of the concept in the early nineteenth century as an expression of the American sense of specialness.

What has filled the American public with wonder, awe, even terror? David Nye selects the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the Erie Canal, the first transcontinental railroad, Eads Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, the major international expositions, the Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909, the Empire State Building, and Boulder Dam. He then looks at the atom bomb tests and the Apollo mission as examples of the increasing ambivalence of the technological sublime in the postwar world. The festivities surrounding the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986 become a touchstone reflecting the transformation of the American experience of the sublime over two centuries. Nye concludes with a vision of the modern-day "consumer sublime" as manifested in the fantasy world of Las Vegas.

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

From the Back Cover:

American Technological Sublime continues the exploration of the social construction of technology that David Nye began in his award-winning book Electrifying America.

About the Author:

David E. Nye, who was knighted by the Danish Queen in 2013, is Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Babbage Institute and the History of Science and Technology program at the University of Minnesota and Professor of American Studies in Denmark. His eight other books published by the MIT Press include  Electrifying America and When the Lights Went Out: A History of American Blackouts. His awards include the Leonardo da Vinci Medal (2005).

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

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 40.00
US$ 36.28

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.

David E. Nye
Published by MIT Press Ltd, United States (1996)
ISBN 10: 0262640341 ISBN 13: 9780262640343
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description MIT Press Ltd, United States, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. American Technological Sublime continues the exploration of the social construction of technology that David Nye began in his award-winning book Electrifying America. Here Nye examines the continuing appeal of the technological sublime (a term coined by Perry Miller) as a key to the nation s history, using as examples the natural sites, architectural forms, and technological achievements that ordinary people have valued intensely.Technology has long played a central role in the formation of Americans sense of selfhood. From the first canal systems through the moon landing, Americans have, for better or worse, derived unity from the common feeling of awe inspired by large-scale applications of technological prowess. American Technological Sublime continues the exploration of the social construction of technology that David Nye began in his award-winning book Electrifying America. Here Nye examines the continuing appeal of the technological sublime (a term coined by Perry Miller) as a key to the nation s history, using as examples the natural sites, architectural forms, and technological achievements that ordinary people have valued intensely. American Technological Sublime is a study of the politics of perception in industrial society. Arranged chronologically, it suggests that the sublime itself has a history - that sublime experiences are emotional configurations that emerge from new social and technological conditions, and that each new configuration to some extent undermines and displaces the older versions. After giving a short history of the sublime as an aesthetic category, Nye describes the reemergence and democratization of the concept in the early nineteenth century as an expression of the American sense of specialness.What has filled the American public with wonder, awe, even terror? David Nye selects the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the Erie Canal, the first transcontinental railroad, Eads Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, the major international expositions, the Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909, the Empire State Building, and Boulder Dam. He then looks at the atom bomb tests and the Apollo mission as examples of the increasing ambivalence of the technological sublime in the postwar world. The festivities surrounding the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986 become a touchstone reflecting the transformation of the American experience of the sublime over two centuries. Nye concludes with a vision of the modern-day consumer sublime as manifested in the fantasy world of Las Vegas. Bookseller Inventory # AAU9780262640343

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 36.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

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

2.

David E. Nye
Published by MIT Press Ltd, United States (1996)
ISBN 10: 0262640341 ISBN 13: 9780262640343
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description MIT Press Ltd, United States, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. American Technological Sublime continues the exploration of the social construction of technology that David Nye began in his award-winning book Electrifying America. Here Nye examines the continuing appeal of the technological sublime (a term coined by Perry Miller) as a key to the nation s history, using as examples the natural sites, architectural forms, and technological achievements that ordinary people have valued intensely.Technology has long played a central role in the formation of Americans sense of selfhood. From the first canal systems through the moon landing, Americans have, for better or worse, derived unity from the common feeling of awe inspired by large-scale applications of technological prowess. American Technological Sublime continues the exploration of the social construction of technology that David Nye began in his award-winning book Electrifying America. Here Nye examines the continuing appeal of the technological sublime (a term coined by Perry Miller) as a key to the nation s history, using as examples the natural sites, architectural forms, and technological achievements that ordinary people have valued intensely. American Technological Sublime is a study of the politics of perception in industrial society. Arranged chronologically, it suggests that the sublime itself has a history - that sublime experiences are emotional configurations that emerge from new social and technological conditions, and that each new configuration to some extent undermines and displaces the older versions. After giving a short history of the sublime as an aesthetic category, Nye describes the reemergence and democratization of the concept in the early nineteenth century as an expression of the American sense of specialness.What has filled the American public with wonder, awe, even terror? David Nye selects the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the Erie Canal, the first transcontinental railroad, Eads Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, the major international expositions, the Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909, the Empire State Building, and Boulder Dam. He then looks at the atom bomb tests and the Apollo mission as examples of the increasing ambivalence of the technological sublime in the postwar world. The festivities surrounding the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986 become a touchstone reflecting the transformation of the American experience of the sublime over two centuries. Nye concludes with a vision of the modern-day consumer sublime as manifested in the fantasy world of Las Vegas. Bookseller Inventory # AAU9780262640343

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 36.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

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

3.

Nye, David E.
Published by The MIT Press (1996)
ISBN 10: 0262640341 ISBN 13: 9780262640343
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Rating
[?]

Book Description The MIT Press, 1996. Book Condition: New. 1996. Reprint. Paperback. This text examines the continuing appeal of the "technological sublime" as a key to America's history, using as examples the natural sites, architectural forms and technological achievements that people have valued The sites considered include the Grand Canyon and the Brooklyn Bridge. Num Pages: 384 pages, 47. BIC Classification: 1KBB; AM; JFC; PDR; TB. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 151 x 227 x 12. Weight in Grams: 598. . . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780262640343

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 36.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

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

4.

Nye, David E.
Published by The MIT Press
ISBN 10: 0262640341 ISBN 13: 9780262640343
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The MIT Press. Book Condition: New. 1996. Reprint. Paperback. This text examines the continuing appeal of the "technological sublime" as a key to America's history, using as examples the natural sites, architectural forms and technological achievements that people have valued The sites considered include the Grand Canyon and the Brooklyn Bridge. Num Pages: 384 pages, 47. BIC Classification: 1KBB; AM; JFC; PDR; TB. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 151 x 227 x 12. Weight in Grams: 598. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780262640343

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 37.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

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

5.

David E Nye
Published by MIT Press
ISBN 10: 0262640341 ISBN 13: 9780262640343
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description MIT Press. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9780262640343

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.20
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.17
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

David E Nye
Published by MIT 1996-05-02, Cambridge, Mass. |London (1996)
ISBN 10: 0262640341 ISBN 13: 9780262640343
New paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description MIT 1996-05-02, Cambridge, Mass. |London, 1996. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780262640343

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 32.93
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.93
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Nye, David E.
Published by MIT Press (1996)
ISBN 10: 0262640341 ISBN 13: 9780262640343
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description MIT Press, 1996. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # WM-9780262640343

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.78
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.90
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Nye, David E.
ISBN 10: 0262640341 ISBN 13: 9780262640343
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 1996. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # TM-9780262640343

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 37.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

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

9.

David E. Nye
Published by MIT Press
ISBN 10: 0262640341 ISBN 13: 9780262640343
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description MIT Press. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0262640341

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 39.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

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

10.

David E. Nye
Published by Mit University Press Group Ltd (1996)
ISBN 10: 0262640341 ISBN 13: 9780262640343
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mit University Press Group Ltd, 1996. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # EH9780262640343

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 39.35
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.53
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book