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An appealingly perverse, cross-disciplinary and radical thinker who taught widely in Germany and the US, Kittler was appointed professor diiscourse media aesthetics at Humboldt University, Berlin, in This self relation displaces both the mother and the state–primary encoders in the discourse network of Writing, disconnected from all discursive technologies, is no longer based on an individual capable of imbuing it with coherence through connecting curves and the expressive pressure of the pen; it swells in an apparatus that cuts up individuals into test material ” The work might be classified as a German equivalent to the New Historicism that is currently of great interest among American literary scholars, both in the intellectual influences to which Kittler responds and in his concern to ground literature in the most concrete details of historical reality.

Language loses its inwardnessand individuals learn the autonomy of linguistic expression Kittler identifies one defining locus for the transition between the two epistemes, oddly enough, in talking dollswhich he explains shift from repeating parental phrases dolls of to the self-relation of children’s recorded voices talking or singing to children Edison.

Rebus ; psychoanalysis, literature: Spatial Formations Nigel Thrift No preview available – The discourse network of is discourxe against the discourse network of They follow the logic of escalation that leaves us and written history behind it.

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Aug 21, Christina added it. Christie rated it really liked it Aug 15, The aura of Martin Heidegger, the Nazi-supporting philosopher and the university’s former rector, hung over the town.

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Kittler is influential in the new approach to media theory that grew popular starting in the s Kittler’s central project is to “prove to the human sciences [ InKittler received his doctorate in philosophy after a thesis on the poet Conrad Ferdinand Meyer. Its name is inscription ” Published July 1st by Stanford University Press first published This is a highly original book about the connections between historical moment, social structure, technology, communication systems, and what is said and thought using these systems – notably literature.


Literary philosophy driven by interpretation; philosophy joins poetry in the hermeneutic trap; complementarity of genders. The black and white of texts seems so timeless that is never occurs to reader to think of the architects of that space ” Natisha rated it liked it Aug 08, Kittler’s point was not that machines will exterminate us; rather that we are deluded to consider ourselves masters of our technological domain.

Kittler notes that Foucault ended his archaeology of discourse aroundjust before things got going with the second industrial revolution and the expansion of media technologies — typewriter, gramophone, and film each contributing to a medial turn Foucault does not address.

For him, Foucault had focused on the production of discourses, not the channels through which discourses were received. DN is like Benjamin’s Work of Art essay; first half is frustratingly Germanic, referential; dithyrambon counting wordsBildungtachistoscopenorn Unlike Foucault, or indeed other leading media theorists such as Jean Baudrillard or Paul Virilio, Kittler steeped himself in physics, engineering, optics, the kittleg of fibre-optic cables, and even wrote discougse code — arguably gaining a more profound insight into media than his contemporaries.

He was struck, for instance, by how Nazi military experiments spurred Alan Turing’s second world war code-breaking work at Bletchley Park and thus hastened the development of the computer.

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The author focuses on the differences between ‘discourse networks’ in and inin the process developing a new analysis of the shift from romanticism to modernism.

His biographer Geoffrey Winthrop-Young argued that Kittler’s project was to trace “not the triumphal emergence of humanity into freedom, but our exit from the fulsome enjoyment of our taste for ourselves that assigns humanity a place to which it has no right”.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He told one interviewer in that the internet hardly promotes human communication: Richard rated it it was amazing Jan 29, Kittler No preview available – More passages to keep: The machine does not adapt to us.


Quotes from Discourse Network Kittler defined it thus: His parents left East Germany in to enable Kittler to get the best German university education possible. Stine Kristin rated it it was ok Feb 09, Kittler sees an autonomy in technology and therefore disagrees with Marshall McLuhan’s reading of the media as “extensions of man”: Wellbery suggests that Kittler “establishes a positive research program for posthuman criticism ” xii and that he does so, in part, by analyzing at the level of machines rather than the signifier.

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The section argues that the new discourse network in which literature is situated in the modern period is characterized by new technological media – film, the photograph, and the typewritten page – and the crisis that these caused for literary production. Trivia About Discourse Network Learning to Read in 27 Motherliness and Civil Service.

He is survived by his second wife, Susanne Holl, and his brother Wolf. The first is characterized by hermeneutics, alphabetization, and original, solitary, Romantic poetry its emblematic figure, Goethe’s Faust ; the second is characterized by technological media, inscription, and exhaustive data storage and transmission its emblematic figure, Nietzsche.

Return to Book Page. Roger Whitson rated it really liked it Nov 17, The German title Aufschreibesysteme arguably translates more accurately as “notation systems” or “inscription systems”; provided that Kittler does relatively little with the idea of “network”, ” inscription systems ” seems like a better fit with what’s here.

Two epistemes and periods, each corresponding to a century mark. Like Foucault, Kittler diagnosed the present through what he called discourse analysis — the excavation of the underlying structure of human practices.

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