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Notes on the underground : an essay on technology, society, and the imagination

Author: Rosalind H Williams
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2008.
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"In Notes on the Underground, Rosalind Williams takes us inside a critical historical moment, giving equal coverage to actual and imaginary undergrounds. She looks at the real-life invasions of the underground that occurred as modern urban infrastructures of sewers and subways were laid, and at the simultaneous archaeological excavations that were unearthing both human history and the planet's deep past. She also  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Williams, Rosalind H.
Notes on the underground.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2007051623
(OCoLC)184906297
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rosalind H Williams
ISBN: 9780262288194 0262288192 9781435651906 1435651901
OCLC Number: 234180667
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 283 pages) : illustrations
Responsibility: Rosalind Williams.

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"In Notes on the Underground, Rosalind Williams takes us inside a critical historical moment, giving equal coverage to actual and imaginary undergrounds. She looks at the real-life invasions of the underground that occurred as modern urban infrastructures of sewers and subways were laid, and at the simultaneous archaeological excavations that were unearthing both human history and the planet's deep past. She also examines the subterranean stories of Verne, Wells, Forster, Hugo, Bulwer-Lytton, and other writers who proposed alternative visions of the coming technological civilization." "Williams argues that these imagined and real underground environments provide models of human life in a world dominated by human presence and offer a prophetic look at today's technology-dominated society."--book jacket.

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