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Douglas Sirk, Aesthetic Modernism and the Culture of Modernity$
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Victoria L. Evans

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474409391

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409391.001.0001

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The Invasion of Machines and Machine Culture

The Invasion of Machines and Machine Culture

(p.65) Chapter Three The Invasion of Machines and Machine Culture
Douglas Sirk, Aesthetic Modernism and the Culture of Modernity

Victoria L. Evans

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 3 ("The Invasion of Machines and Machine Culture") builds upon Ben Singer's observation in Melodrama and Modernity that this genre reflects the spectator's growing fear of the machines that have begun to physically invade our space. It further expands upon this insight by moving beyond the widespread feelings of psychic unease Singer identifies to address some of the more specific pathologies that arose from theincreased mechanisation of war during the early twentieth-century. This chapter culminates in an explication of The Tarnished Angels that has been grounded in Ernst Jünger' spaens to the hard-bodied men who were forged in the furnace of battle (a particularly apt means of explaining Roger Schumann's personality), widely circulated writings that the German born director would no doubt have known.

Keywords:   Douglas Sirk, film and modernity, film and war, film and flying, machine culture, The Tarnished Angels, Ernst Jünger

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