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Copying machines : taking notes for the automaton

Author: Catherine Liu
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2000.
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In readings of texts by Lafayette, Molire, Laclos, and La Bruyreand in a chapter on the eighteenth-century inventor of automatons, Jacques VaucansonCatherine Liu provides a fascinating account of ways in which the automaton and the preindustrial machine haunt the imagination of ancien rgime France and structure key moments of the canonical literature and criticism of the period."Copying Machines establishes Liu's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Liu, Catherine.
Copying machines.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2000
(DLC) 00008066
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Liu
ISBN: 9780816691135 0816691134
OCLC Number: 191818094
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 224 pages)
Contents: 1. Doing it like a machine --
2. "What's the difference?" --
3. The Princess of Cléves makes a faux pas --
ch. 4. Getting ahead with machines? : the cases of Jacques Vaucanson and Thérèse des Hayes --
5. Don Juan breaks all his promises but manages to keep one appointment (with history) --
6. De Man on Rousseau : the reading machine --
7. Friends : dangerous liaisons.
Responsibility: Catherine Liu.

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In readings of texts by Lafayette, Molire, Laclos, and La Bruyreand in a chapter on the eighteenth-century inventor of automatons, Jacques VaucansonCatherine Liu provides a fascinating account of ways in which the automaton and the preindustrial machine haunt the imagination of ancien rgime France and structure key moments of the canonical literature and criticism of the period."Copying Machines establishes Liu's reputation in all her diverse fields as a leading thinker/writer. Liu invokes the automaton as ironic departure from the machine histories of media-technologization."--Laurence A.

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