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Technology and the Literary Imagination

Our linked subjects are (1) the historical process by which the meaning of technology has been constructed, and (2) the concurrent transformation of the environment. To explain the emergence of technology as a pivotal word (and concept) in contemporary public discourse, we will examine responses chiefly political and literary to the development of the mechanic arts, and to the linked social, cultural, and ecological transformation of 19th- and 20th-century American society, culture, and lands...

Start Date: Feb 01, 2008 Topics: Cultural History, General History
Cost: Free

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Our linked subjects are (1) the historical process by which the meaning of technology has been constructed, and (2) the concurrent transformation of the environment. To explain the emergence of technology as a pivotal word (and concept) in contemporary public discourse, we will examine responses chiefly political and literary to the development of the mechanic arts, and to the linked social, cultural, and ecological transformation of 19th- and 20th-century American society, culture, and landscape.Note: In the interests of freshness and topicality we regard the STS.464 syllabus as sufficiently flexible to permit some mostly minor variations from year to year. One example of a different STS.464 syllabus can be found in STS.464 Cultural History of Technology, Spring 2005.

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  • Dates: Feb 01, 2008 to May 25, 2008
  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructors: Prof. Rosalind Williams, Prof. Leo Marx
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: MIT OCW
  • Topics: Cultural History, General History

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