Sound Recording Technology and American Literature: From the Phonograph to the Remix

Sound Recording Technology and American Literature

From the Phonograph to the Remix
 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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ISBN13:9781108793797
ISBN10:1108793797
Binding:Paperback
No. of pages:262 pages
Size:228x152x15 mm
Weight:400 g
Language:English
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Short description:

This book investigates the sustained engagement between American literature and sound recording technologies during the twentieth century.

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Phonographs, tapes, stereo LPs, digital remix - how did these remarkable technologies impact American writing? This book explores how twentieth-century writers shaped the ways we listen in our multimedia present. Uncovering a rich new archive of materials, this book offers a resonant reading of how writers across several genres, such as John Dos Passos, Langston Hughes, William S. Burroughs, and others, navigated the intermedial spaces between texts and recordings. Numerous scholars have taken up remix - a term co-opted from DJs and sound engineers - as the defining aesthetic of twenty-first century art and literature. Others have examined modernism's debt to the phonograph. But in the gap between these moments, one finds that the reciprocal relationship between the literary arts and sonic technologies continued to evolve over the twentieth century. A mix of American literary history, sound studies, and media archaeology, this interdisciplinary study will appeal to scholars, students, and audiophiles.

'... an important addition to the growing body of work that brings together literary studies and sound studies.' Robert Lawson-Peebles, Modern Language Review
Table of Contents:
Introduction: Resonant Reading: Listening to American Literature After the Phonograph; 1. Ears Taut to Hear: John Dos Passos Records America; 2. Ethnographic Transcription and the Jazz Auto/Biography: Alan Lomax, Jelly Roll Morton, Zora Neale Hurston, and Sidney Bechet; 3. Press Play: Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and the Tape Recorder; 4. The Stereophonic Poetics of Langston Hughes and Amiri Baraka; 5. From Cut-Up to Mashup: Literary Remix in the Digital Age, feat. Kevin Young, and Chuck Palahniuk; A Post-Electric Postscript: Recording and Remix Onstage.