Introduction: Technicity and the American Techno-City

  • Alex Goody
Part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics book series (MPCC)


New York was proclaimed as the preeminent technological city of the early twentieth century and witnessed the growth of the distinctive commercialized leisure and popular cultures of the period. Across the early years of the century quotidian and contingent amusements were transformed into lucrative urban leisure machines with the growth of huge-capacity dance halls, luxurious cinemas, amusements parks and vast department stores. This chapter explores New York and its technologies, considering the relationship between leisure and the machines of the city. It also explores theories of technicity and the posthuman, and the relationship between poetry, gender, modernism and technology, concluding with exploratory considerations of the poetry of Marianne Moore, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and Kathleen Tankersely Young. In analyzing representations of the city, the self and the technological in these women poets the chapter begins the process of gendering modernist technology studies that unfolds through this book.

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  • Alex Goody
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  1. 1.Department of English and Modern LanguagesOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

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