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By Mark Goble

Considering texts by means of Henry James, Gertrude Stein, James Weldon Johnson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, James Agee, and William Carlos Williams, along movie, portray, track, and pop culture, Mark Goble explores the improvement of yank modernism because it was once formed via its reaction to know-how and an try to switch how literature itself may communicate.

Goble's unique readings reinterpret the aesthetics of modernism within the early 20th century, while new modes of conversation made the adventure of know-how an get together for profound experimentation and mirrored image. He follows the assimilation of such "old" media applied sciences because the telegraph, cellphone, and phonograph and their function in inspiring fantasies of connection, which expert a dedication to the materiality of inventive mediums. Describing how relationships made attainable by expertise turned extra powerfully skilled with expertise, Goble explores a modernist fetish for media that indicates no symptoms of abating. The "mediated existence" places expertise into conversation with a sequence of shifts in how american citizens conceive the mechanics and meanings in their connections to each other, and accordingly to the realm and to their very own modernity.

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The arts lie safe now, each within its ‘legitimate’ boundaries, and free trade has been replaced by autarchy” (32). From Michael Fried and Stanley Cavell, to Rosalind Krauss, T. J. Clark, Thierry de Duve, and Caroline A. 52 That literary critics have had less reason to return to Greenberg is in part a simple reflection that he chose to make his arguments on behalf of painting and sculpture, aside from the occasional nod to poetry. And as “purely” formalist definitions of modernism have yielded to more historically responsive understandings of the period, with renewed attention to both the stylistic range and the thematic richness of “modernisms” in the plural, the limitations of medium specificity have never been so obvious.

Indb 32 8/17/10 10:41 AM Pleasure at a Distance in Henry James and Others Captain Everard and force him to marry Lady Bradeen, forever putting paid to any romantic fantasies the telegrapher had entertained about her favorite customer. She is an avid reader, after all, of “borrowed novels, very greasy . . in fine print and all about fine folks” (835). ”7 While James himself would never be accused of possessing such an organ, he undoubtedly was blessed with another bodily feature that, for Marshall McLuhan, comes into its own with the invention of the telegraph.

Indb 28 8/17/10 10:41 AM 1 Pleasure at a Distance in Henry James and Others The telegram I take as a kiss, which makes it taste good, makes for pleasure, pride, and conceit. FRANZ KAFKA, LETTERS TO FELICE Impossible impossible impossible if you knew what it costs me to say so you can count however at the regular rates ask Miss Robbins to share your regret I mean mine. HENRY JAMES, TELEGRAM TO MRS. ”2 The “reacting small organism” that James figures himself at twenty-six shares much in common with so many of his most famous characters, from Christopher Newman to Isabel Archer to Lambert Strether, who likewise find themselves in the same breath exhilarated and compelled into “whatever inevitable submissions” Europe may demand.

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