Notes on the Underground: An Essay on Technology, Society, and the Imagination
  • Notes on the Underground: An Essay on Technology, Society, and the Imagination
  • Notes on the Underground: An Essay on Technology, Society, and the Imagination
  • Notes on the Underground: An Essay on Technology, Society, and the Imagination
ISBN: 0262731908
EAN13: 9780262731904
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 1, 2008
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 8.9" L x 5.9" W
Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Real and imagined undergrounds in the late nineteenth century viewed as offering a prophetic look at life in today's technology-dominated world.The underground has always played a prominent role in human imaginings, both as a place of refuge and as a source of fear. The late nineteenth century saw a new fascination with the underground as Western societies tried to cope with the pervasive changes of a new social and technological order. In Notes on the Underground, Rosalind Williams takes us inside that 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. In a new essay written for this edition, Williams points out that her book traces the emergence in the nineteenth century of what we would now call an Read More chevron_right

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