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Batteries of life : on the history of things and their perception in modernity

Author: Christoph Asendorf
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1993.
Series: Weimar and now, 4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An exploration of the way in which Europeans perceived themselves transformed by technology during the Industrial Age, this study draws on literature, art, architecture, film and philosophy to  Read more...

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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christoph Asendorf
ISBN: 0520065735 9780520065734
OCLC Number: 25712343
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Description: vi, 248 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: 1. The Body, the Economy, and the World of Things. 1. L'homme machine. 2. Vathek, or Disintegration. 3. German Romanticism: Money and Happiness, or the Eroticism of the World of Things --
2. From the "Ego Crystal Forest" To the Crystal Palace --
3. Economy and Metamorphosis. Excursus: Grandville, or Laputa in the July Monarchy --
4. On the Physiognomy of the World of the Commodity and the Machine. 1. The Myth of the Living Machine. 2. The Commodity Spectacle circa 1850. 3. The Collector and His Treasure: "An Entirely Furtive Private Relationship" --
5. Circulation as a Way of Life --
6. Impressionism. 1. Manet. 2. Degas. 3. Monet. 4. On the Historical Site of the Impressionist Way of Seeing --
7. Commodities and the Erotic. 1. Paradise in the Department Store. 2. The Eroticism of Machines --
8. The Decay of the World of Things and Its Restoration in Art --
9. The Interieur, Or Things in the Everyday Life of the Bourgeoisie. 1. Materials: Artificial Nature and Synthetics. 2. The Production of the "Faculty for Delusion" 3. The Role of Things --
10. The Production of "Homogeneous and Empty Time" --
11. Nerves and Electricity. 1. On the Romantic Image of Electricity. 2. Polarity and Sexual Attraction. 3. The Image of Electricity between Hegel's Phenomenology and Kleist: The "Liberation of Predicates from Subjects" and Electrical Epiphany. 4. Andersen: Electricity on the "Romantic-Technological Knife-Edge". 5. Siemens, Edison, and the History of Mentalities of Electric Light, Ornament and Psychic Streams. 6. "Telegram Style of the Soul" and Cosmic Energies. 7. Nerves: Mach, Bahr, and Freud. 8. Strindberg and Electro-Hysteria --
12. The Constitution of Perception from 1900 to 1914. 1. Mach, Simmel, and Hofmannsthal. 2. Silence. 3. Ornament. 4. The Life of Things: Rilke's Thing-Poems, Animism, and Silent Film. 5. Animated Thought. 6. Abstraction and Empathy. 7. The Lord Chandos Letter --
Epilogue: The Emancipation of Material from the Subject.
Series Title: Weimar and now, 4.
Other Titles: Batterien der Lebenskraft.
Responsibility: Christoph Asendorf ; translated by Don Reneau.
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