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Author Youngman, Paul A.

Title We are the machine : the computer, the Internet, and information in contemporary German literature / Paul A. Youngman
Published Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 171 pages)
Series Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture
Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture (Unnumbered)
Contents Losing ground to the machine: electronic brains in the works of Heinrich Hauser and Friedrich Dürrenmatt -- Fearing the machine: two nightmares in the 1990s: Gerd Heindenreich's new riddle of the sphinx and Barbara Frischmuth's hidden meaning -- Becoming the machine: Günther Grass's and Erich Loest's virtual history, René Pollesch's postdramatic imaginings, and "real" cyber-relationships according to Christine Eichel and Daniel Glattauer
Notes "Despite our embrace of the sheer utility and productivity it has made possible, the revolution in Information Technology has led to unease about its possible misuse, abuse, and even its eventual domination of humankind. That German culture is not immune to this sense of disquiet is reflected in a broad variety of German-language fiction since the 1940s. This first study of the literary reception of IT in German-speaking lands begins with an analysis of a seminal novel from the beginning of the computer age, Heinrich Hauser's Gigant Hirn (1948), then moves to its primary focus, the literature of the past two decades, ranging from Gerd Heidenreich's Die Nacht der Händler (1995) to Daniel Glattauer's novel Gut gegen Nordwind (2006). Along the way, it analyzes eleven works, including Barbara Frischmuth's novel Die Schrift des Freundes (1998), René Pollesch's drama world wide web-slums (2001), and Günter Grass's novella Im Krebsgang (2003). As wildly different in approach as these works are, each has much to offer this investigation of the imaginary border dividing the human from the technological, a lingering, centuries-old construct created to ease the anxiety that technology has given rise to throughout the ages"--Publisher's Web site
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 158-166) and index
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Subject Computers in literature.
German fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
German fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
German fiction -- Europe, German-speaking -- History and criticism.
Information technology in literature.
Internet in literature.
Literature and technology -- Germany.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1571137521 (electronic bk.)
9781571137524 (electronic bk.)