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Author McCutcheon, Mark A., 1972- author.

Title The medium is the monster : Canadian adaptations of Frankenstein and the discourse of technology / Mark A. McCutcheon
Published Edmonton, Alberta : AU Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource
Series Campus Alberta collection
Campus Alberta collection
Contents Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Technology, Frankenstein, and ... Canada?; 2. Refocusing Adaptation Studies; 3. Frankenstein and the Reinvention of "Technology"; 4. The Medium Is the Monster: McLuhan's "Frankenpheme" of Technology; 5. Monstrous Adaptations: McLuhanesque Frankensteins in Neuromancer and Videodrome; 6. "Technology Implies Belligerence": Pattern Propagation in Canadian Science Fiction; 7. Is It Live or Is It Deadmau5? Pattern Amplification in Canadian Electronic Dance Music
8. Monster Mines and Pipelines: Frankenphemes of Tar Sands Technology in Canadian Popular CultureConclusion; References; Index
Summary "Technology, a word that emerged historically first to denote the study of any art or technique, has come, in modernity, to describe advanced machines, industrial systems, and media. McCutcheon argues that it is Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein that effectively reinvented the meaning of the word for modern English. It was then Marshall McLuhan's media theory and its adaptations in Canadian popular culture that popularized, even globalized, a Frankensteinian sense of technology. The Medium Is the Monster shows how we cannot talk about technology-that human-made monstrosity-today without conjuring Frankenstein, thanks in large part to its Canadian adaptations by pop culture icons such as David Cronenberg, William Gibson, Margaret Atwood, and Deadmau5. In the unexpected connections illustrated by The Medium Is the Monster, McCutcheon brings a fresh approach to studying adaptations, popular culture, and technology."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject McLuhan, Marshall, 1911-1980 -- Adaptations
McLuhan, Marshall, 1911-1980 -- Influence
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851 -- Adaptations
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851 -- Influence
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851. Frankenstein.
McLuhan, Marshall, 1911-1980.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851.
Frankenstein (Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft)
Technology and civilization in literature.
Technology and civilization.
Technology in literature.
Technology in popular culture -- Canada
Technology in popular culture.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Technology and civilization in literature.
Technology and civilization.
Technology in literature.
Technology in popular culture.
Genre/Form Adaptations.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019394423
ISBN 1771992255