Desiring Machines: A Review of Beautiful Circuits: Modernism and the Mediated Life by Mark Goble

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Mark Goble’s Beautiful Circuits: Modernism and the Mediated Life is an important examination of how new information technologies shaped modernist forms of intimacy. This wide-ranging book engages with recent work on new media, sexuality studies, and racial politics, while also revisiting the earliest accounts of modernism’s formalist aesthetics. The result is a rich account of how American modernism’s concerns over information, race, and sexuality were absorbed by the machines that mediated them.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-190
JournalJournal of Modern Literature
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012


  • modernist art
  • modern literature
  • musical aesthetics
  • literary formalism
  • machinery
  • formalist art
  • cameos
  • telegraph
  • celebrities
  • communications technology

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