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The Resource Androids in the Enlightenment : mechanics, artisans, and cultures of the self, Adelheid Voskuhl

Androids in the Enlightenment : mechanics, artisans, and cultures of the self, Adelheid Voskuhl

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Androids in the Enlightenment : mechanics, artisans, and cultures of the self
Title
Androids in the Enlightenment
Title remainder
mechanics, artisans, and cultures of the self
Statement of responsibility
Adelheid Voskuhl
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The eighteenth century saw the creation of a number of remarkable mechanical androids: at least ten prominent automata were built between 1735 and 1810 by clockmakers, court mechanics, and other artisans from France, Switzerland, Austria, and the German lands. Designed to perform sophisticated activities such as writing, drawing, or music making, these "Enlightenment automata" have attracted continuous critical attention from the time they were made to the present, often as harbingers of the modern industrial age, an era during which human bodies and souls supposedly became mechanized. In Androids in the Enlightenment, Adelheid Voskuhl investigates two such automata<U+0127> �both depicting piano-playing women. These automata not only play music, but also move their heads, eyes, and torsos to mimic a sentimental body technique of the eighteenth century: musicians were expected to generate sentiments in themselves while playing, then communicate them to the audience through bodily motions. Voskuhl argues, contrary to much of the subsequent scholarly conversation, that these automata were unique masterpieces that illustrated the sentimental culture of a civil society rather than expressions of anxiety about the mechanization of humans by industrial technology. She demonstrates that only in a later age of industrial factory production did mechanical androids instill the fear that modern selves and societies had become indistinguishable from machines.--
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Voskuhl, Adelheid
Dewey number
629.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Robots
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Artisans
  • Enlightenment
Label
Androids in the Enlightenment : mechanics, artisans, and cultures of the self, Adelheid Voskuhl
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: androids, Enlightenment, and the human-machine boundary -- The harpsichord-playing android; or, clock-making in Switzerland -- The dulcimer-playing android; or, furniture-making in the Rhineland -- The design of the mechanics; or, sentiments replicated in clockwork -- Poetic engagement with piano-playing women automata -- The "Enlightenment automaton" in the modern industrial age
Control code
FIEb17611738
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 279 pages
Isbn
9780226034164
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)809911050
Label
Androids in the Enlightenment : mechanics, artisans, and cultures of the self, Adelheid Voskuhl
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: androids, Enlightenment, and the human-machine boundary -- The harpsichord-playing android; or, clock-making in Switzerland -- The dulcimer-playing android; or, furniture-making in the Rhineland -- The design of the mechanics; or, sentiments replicated in clockwork -- Poetic engagement with piano-playing women automata -- The "Enlightenment automaton" in the modern industrial age
Control code
FIEb17611738
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 279 pages
Isbn
9780226034164
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)809911050

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