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"All-electric" narratives : time-saving appliances and domesticity in American literature, 1945-2020 / Rachele Dini.

Author/creator Dini, Rachele author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2022.
Copyright Notice ©2022
Descriptionxvi, 358 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Abstract "The significance of domestic time-saving electrical appliances in 20th-century American literature is given unique attention in this wide-ranging study. This book examines the literary depiction of refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, oven ranges, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, toasters, blenders, standing and hand-held mixers, and microwave ovens across a range of literary genres and forms published between the early 1910s, as Fordism and Taylorism entered the home, and the 2010s, as contemporary writers consider the enduring material and spiritual effects of these objects into the 21st century. Rachele Dini argues that literary scholarship has too long ignored the influence of electrification on literary form, and of domestic electrification on the literary representation of home and on shifting understandings of the relationship between the home, body, and nation. Dini further argues that the appropriation and subversion of the rhetoric of domestic electrification comprised a crucial, but overlooked, element in specific twentieth-century literary forms and genres including Beat literature, Black American literature, second-wave feminist fiction, science fiction, and postmodernist fiction. "All-Electric" Narratives thus demonstrates the extent to which American writers over the last century have enlisted appliances to raise questions about gender norms and sexuality, racial exclusion and erasure, class anxieties, the ramifications of mechanisation and the potential replacement of humans by robots, the perils and possibilities of conformity, the limitations of patriotism, and the inevitable fallacy of utopian thinking-while both shaping and radically disrupting the literary forms in which they operated"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Dini, Rachele. "All-electric" narratives New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2021 9781501367366
Genre/formCriticism, interpretation, etc.
Genre/formLiterary criticism.
Genre/formLiterary criticism.
LCCN 2021016126
ISBN9781501367359 hardcover
ISBN1501367358 hardcover
ISBNelectronic book
ISBNelectronic book

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