Wireless Writing in the Age of Marconi

Wireless Writing in the Age of Marconi

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Wireless technology has become deeply embedded in everyday life, but its impact cannot be fully understood without probing the contributions of the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), who ushered in the beginning of wireless communication. Marconi produced and detected sound waves over long distances, using the curvature of the earth for direction, and laid the foundations for what we know as radioa€”the original mobile, voice-activated, and electronic media community. Timothy C. Campbell demonstrates that Marconia€™s invention of the wireless telegraph was not simply a technological act but also had an impact on poetry and aesthetics and linked the written word to the rise of mass politics. Reading influential works such as F. T. Marinettia€™s futurist manifestos, Rudolf Arnheima€™s 1936 study Radio, writings by Gabriele Da€™Annunzio, and Ezra Pounda€™s Cantos, Campbell reveals how the newness of wireless technology was inscribed in the ways modernist authors engaged with typographical experimentation, apocalyptic tones, and newly minted models for registering voices. Wireless Writing in the Age of Marconi presents an alternative history of modernism that listens as well as looks and bears in mind the altered media environment brought about by the emergence of the wireless. Timothy C. Campbell is associate professor of Italian at Cornell University.In aquot;Ezra Pound Speakingaquot;: Radio Speeches of World War II, ed. Leonard W. ... Everett P. Gordon, Acquiring the Code: A Text on Key Manipulation and the Proper Method for Acquiring the International Radio Code (Everett P. Gordon, 1920), 3.

Title:Wireless Writing in the Age of Marconi
Author:Timothy C. Campbell
Publisher:U of Minnesota Press - 2006-01-01


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