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Examines the tensions between the aims of military technology and modernist aesthetics in relation to perception
This book analyses the operation of mechanical and electronic technologies in connection with two seemingly disparate fields: state-of-the-art military equipment of the 20th and 21st centuries and the experimental art, music and writing of the late-19th and early-20th century.
Reading the art and writing of Djuna Barnes, Joseph Conrad, Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce, Mina Loy, Stephane Mallarme, the Italian Futurists and H. G. Wells against Apache attack helicopters, Network-Centric Warfare, satellites, decoys, sirens and radios, this book addresses issues such as targeting, surveillance, visibility and the invisible, broadcast and media, the military body, diasporas, geopolitics and beauty.
- An important contribution to the increasingly important interdisciplinary field of war studies
- Original and groundbreaking readings of modernist art, literature, music, poetics and aesthetics
- Gives a valuable and provocative reading of the avant-garde
- Contributes to a new understanding of both military technics and modernist aesthetics
1. The Slow and the Blind: Unhinging the Senses to Harness Them
2. Sighted Weapons and Modernist Opacity: Aesthetics, Poetics, Prosthetics
3. We Make it Beautiful
4. We Don't Make it Beautiful
Section 2: Broadcast, Hinge, Emergency
5. Ventriloquism, Broadcast and Technologies of Narrative
6. The Curious Logic of the Hinge
7. Manufacturing Emergencies
8. Among the Blind and the Delay
Section 3: Surveillance, Targeting, Containment
9. Strategies and Technologies of Containment: Unmanning the Homeland and Containing the Political
10. Scoping Out
11. Satellites of Love and War.
About the Author
John Phillips is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore. He is the author of Contested Knowledge: A Guide to Critical Theory (Zed, 2000), co-editor, with Ryan Bishop and Wei-Wei Yeo, of Beyond Description: Space Historicity Singapore (Routledge, 2004), co-editor, with Ryan Bishop and Wei-Wei Yeo, of Postcolonial Urbanism: Southeast Asian Cities and Global Processes (Routledge 2003), and co-editor, with Lyndsey Stonebridge, of Reading Melanie Klein (Routledge, 1998).