The Flying Machine and Modern Literature

Hardcover | November 22, 1986

byLaurence Goldstein

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"This is the first work to survey the myths created by the modern literary imagination about technology." -Herbert Sussman

"... succeeds admirably, fascinatingly on all counts... " -American Literature

"... a landmark in the study of literary and technological history." -NMAH

"... fascinating... a welcome addition to the growing scholarship about the impact of technology on the modern imagination." -Journal of Modern Literature Annual Review

This book chronicles precisely how the flying machine helped to create two kinds of apocalyptic modes in modern literature.

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"This is the first work to survey the myths created by the modern literary imagination about technology." -Herbert Sussman"... succeeds admirably, fascinatingly on all counts... " -American Literature"... a landmark in the study of literary and technological history." -NMAH"... fascinating... a welcome addition to the growing scholarsh...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.81 inPublished:November 22, 1986Publisher:Indiana University Press

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ISBN - 10:0253322189

ISBN - 13:9780253322180

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations

1. Introduction
2. Leonardo da Vinci and the Modern Century
The Annunciation, 17: The Necromancer, 24; Leda and the Swan, 33

3. Birds with a Human Face
The Envious Eye, 44; Our Business Is With Mechanism, 48; The Murder of Birds, 55

4. Wells and The War in the Air

5. Tumult in the Clouds: The Flying Machine and the Great Crusade

6. Lindbergh in 1927: The Response of Poets to the Poem of Fact

7. Origins: Some Versions of Kitty Hawk
Hart Crane's "Cape Hatteras," 110; Muriel Rukeyser's "Theory of Flight," 117; Language and Origins, 124

8. The Nearest Paradise: Forms of Flight in the 1930s
Redeeming the Time, 131; Saint-Exupery, 139; The Modern Bird Poem, 144

9. The Poetry of Firebombing
The Case of James Dickey, 152; The Modern Apocalypse, 162

10. Spaceflight: Three Versions of Manifest Destiny
Robert Frost's "Kitty Hawk" 172; Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, 180; Robert A. Heinlein's The Man Who Sold the Moon, 185

11. The Moon Landing and Modern Literature
The Rivalry of Poet and Astronaut, 191; The Testimony of Mailer and Bellow, 203

12. Conclusion: Some Texts of the 1970s
The Descent, 212; The Ascent, 217

Notes
Supplementary Bibliography
Index