Joseph Conte

Joseph Conte is Professor of English at the University at Buffalo. His book, Debris & Design: A Chaotics of Postmodern American Fiction, received the Elizabeth Agee Prize from the University of Alabama Press in 2002. He also contributed to The Holodeck in the Garden: Science and Technology in Contemporary American Fiction (Dalkey Archive, 2004). In 2005 he was a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive and Cultural Studies in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Things They Wrote With: The Material Making of Modern Fiction

2010-12-12

In his new book, Michael Wutz examines how the work of four canonical novelists - Norris, Lowry, Doctorow, and Powers - register the revolutions in 20th century media technology. Such an analysis, reviewer Joseph Conte suggests, is an important extension of Kittlerian media theory to the field of American literature.