The Technological Introject

9780823278190: Hardback
Release Date: 2nd January 2018

9780823278206: Paperback
Release Date: 2nd January 2018

9780823278220: PDF
Release Date: 2nd January 2018

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 312

Series Meaning Systems

Fordham University Press

The Technological Introject

Friedrich Kittler between Implementation and the Incalculable

This essay collection further familiarizes the English-speaking world with the work of late German media scholar Friedrich Kittler. It features well-established and emergent scholars who present investigations that traverse all of Kittler’s major phases, from early studies of German romanticism to his recent volumes on ancient Greece.
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The Technological Introject explores the futures opened up across the humanities and social sciences by the influential media theorist Friedrich Kittler. Joining the German tradition of media studies and systems theory to the Franco-American theoretical tradition marked by poststructuralism, Kittler’s work has redrawn the boundaries of disciplines and of scholarly traditions.

The contributors position Kittler in relation to Marshall McLuhan, Jacques Derrida, discourse analysis, film theory, and psychoanalysis. Ultimately, the book shows the continuing relevance of the often uncomfortable questions Kittler opened up about the cultural production and its technological entanglements.

Avital Ronell is University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of German, English, and Comparative Literature at New York University.

Elisabeth Weber is a professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her books include Verfolgung und Trauma: Zu Emmanuel Levinas’ Autrement qu’être ou au-delà de l’essence (Passagen Verlag, 1990), Das Vergessen(e): Anamnesen des Undarstellbaren, coeditor (Turia and Kant, 1997), and Questioning Judaism (Stanford, 2004), a collection of interviews with Jacques Derrida, Jean-François Lyotard, Emmanuel Levinas, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, and others. She has also edited several works by Jacques Derrida. Her edited volume Living Together: Jacques Derrida’s Communities of Violence and Peace is forthcoming from Fordham University Press.
Samuel Weber is Avalon Professor of Comparative Literature at Northwestern University and Director of Northwestern's Paris Program in Critical Theory. He is the author of numerous books, including The Legend of Freud, Institution and Interpretation, Mass Medianras: Form, Technics, Media, Theatricality as Medium, and Targets of Opportunity: On the Militarization of Thinking. (Fordham)
Antje Pfannkuchen is assistant professor of German at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
Jeffrey Champlin teaches literature at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin and is an associate fellow at Bard College's Hannah Arendt Center.
GEOFFREY WINTHROP-YOUNG is Professor of German at the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia.
BERNHARD SIEGERT is Gerd Bucerius Professsor of the History and Theory of Cultural Techniques at the Bauhaus Universitat Weimar and Director of the International Research Center for Cultural Techniques and Media Philosophy at Weimar. Together with Friedrich Kittler, Norbert Bolz, and Wolfgang Coy, he is one of the pioneers of German media theory. He is the author of Relays: Literature as an Epoch of the Postal System.

“Spearheaded by New York philosophy icon Avital Ronell, this book pays tribute to Germany's most controversial yet most original media theorist, who completely changed the German academic landscape by following his declared goal to drive the human out of the humanities. In completely new and exciting ways, the essays collected in this important volume introduce Friedrich Kittler's radical and challenging approach to the study of Western culture, literature, and philosophy to an American audience."

—Arne Hocker
University of Colorado Boulder

The Technological Introject marks a major contribution to the work of the late Friedrich Kittler, whose defining impact on the fields of discourse analysis, media studies, and the archaeology of technology is increasingly recognized. Featuring essays by well-established and emergent scholars and engaging all the major phases of Kittler’s rich academic life—from his early studies of German literature to his late volumes on music and mathematics, including his recent work on the history of sound—the contributors position Kittler’s work in relation to French poststructuralism, the German literary and philosophical tradition he reacted against, and the theories and practices of media discourse analysis which he significantly redefined and enlarged. Erudite and avant-garde, The Technological Introject is among the first volumes to offer a posthumous assessment of Kittler’s reach and to map the considerable legacy of a major theorist on the way we think (all things) 'media.

—Michael Wutz
Weber State University