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Dismantlings: Words against Machines in the American Long Seventies

Matt Tierney


“For the master's tools,” the poet Audre Lorde wrote, “will never dismantle the master's house.” This book is a study of literary, political, and philosophical critiques of the utopian claims about technology in the Long Seventies, the decade and a half before 1980. Following Alice Hilton's 1963 admonition that the coming years would bring humanity to a crossroads, the book explores wide-ranging ideas from science fiction, avant-garde literatures, feminist and anti-racist activism, and indigenous eco-philosophy that may yet challenge machines of war, control, and oppression. It opposes the lan ... More

Keywords: Long Seventies, war, control, oppression, technological idealism, radical thought, Luddism, communion, cyberculture, distortion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501746413
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501746413.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matt Tierney, author
Pennsylvania State University