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Gender, Technology and the New Woman$
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Lena Wånggren

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474416269

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416269.001.0001

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The New Woman in Technological Modernity

The New Woman in Technological Modernity

(p.12) Chapter 1 The New Woman in Technological Modernity
Gender, Technology and the New Woman

Lena Wånggren

Edinburgh University Press

This first chapter places the New Woman figure in the literary and historical context of the late nineteenth century, as well as outlines the theoretical and methodological premises of the book. Defining along the way key terms such as modernity, technology and gender, the chapter asserts that in order to describe fin de siècle modernity, one must take into account not only the technological changes or advances specific of the time, but in addition the role played by contemporary notions of gender, and the cultural work of literature in changing these. Just as literature gains significance first in connection to other agencies – such as a reader – so technology also takes on specific meanings first when considered in a social context.

Keywords:   New Woman, Gender, Technology, Agency, Technological determinism, Feminist theory, Michel Foucault

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