“Avital Ronell installs the telephone in the space of thinking Heidegger reserves for poetry and art, producing a series of reflections on philosophy. Avital Ronell. · Rating details · ratings · 10 reviews. The telephone marks the place of an absence. Affiliated with discontinuity, alarm, and silence. Avital Ronell is Professor of German, comparative literature, and English at New York University, where she directs the Research in Trauma and Violence p.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about bok problem. Return to Book Page. The telephone marks the place of an absence. Affiliated with discontinuity, alarm, and silence, it raises fundamental questions about the constitution of aviatl and other, the stability of location, systems of transfer, and the destination of speech. Profoundly changing our concept of long-distance, it is constantly transmitting effects of real and evocative power.
To the ex The telephone marks the place of an absence. To the extent that it always relates us to the absent other, the telephone, and the massive switchboard attending it, plugs into a hermeneutics of mourning. The Telephone Bookitself organized by tonell “telephonic logic,” fields calls from philosophy, history, literature, and psychoanalysis.
It installs a switchboard that hooks up diverse types of knowledge while rerouting and jamming the codes of the disciplines in daring ways. Avital Ronell has done nothing less than consider the impact of the telephone on modern thought. Her highly original, multifaceted inquiry into the nature of communication in a technological age will excite everyone who listens in.
The book begins by calling close attention to the telrphone of the telephone in Nazi organization and propaganda, with special regard to the philosophy of Martin Heidegger.
In the Third Reich the telephone became a weapon, a means of state surveillance, “an open accomplice to lies. Ronell also speaks of the appearance of telephonw telephone in telephkne literary works of Duras, Joyce, Kafka, Rilke, and Strindberg. She examines its role in psychoanalysis—Freud said that the unconscious is structured like a telephone, and Jung and R.
Laing saw it as a powerful new body part. She traces its historical development from Bell’s famous first call: Rnell, his assistant, who used to communicate with spirits, was eager to get the telephone to talk, and thus to link technology with phantoms and phantasms. In many ways a meditation on the technologically constituted state, The Telephone Book opens a new field, becoming the first political deconstruction of technology, state terrorism, and schizophrenia.
And it offers a fresh reading of the American and European addiction to technology in which the telephone emerges as the crucial figure of this age. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To telephoone other readers questions about The Telephone Bookplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jan 22, Jaime rated it it was amazing. This book helped me describe many of those things that sometimes get lost in the banality of our day. Heavy read, and pretty conceptual.
Think about it as The Telephone Book being that which is huge on reference. You have medical assistance, or hardware, all organized alphabetically, riddled with ads. Well this book acts as a telephone conversation through its making. Jun 27, Andrew added it Shelves: Avital Ronell started as a performance artist, and this feels avittal a piss-poor attempt to shoehorn what telehpone be very good performance art into philosophy, or hell, what could be the basis of an excellent experimental novel into philosophy.
It was written ina time when Americans thought that Baudrillard was actually a philosopher. That there’s my grain of teelephone.
Jul 24, Leonard Houx rated it liked it Shelves: Ronell’s The Telephone Book combines philosophy with literature and graphic design, in a disorienting, challenging mix. It’s like a Derridean The Medium is the Massage.
Some of it is annoying and indulgent. Some of it is sublime and heart-rending. In one chapter, Ronell discusses R. Laing’s account of a schizophrenic Ms. The chapter’s text creates ‘rivers’ that run through the middle of the page. It’s as if Ms. The Telephone Book deserves serious praise for its bold experimentation and piquant readings of Rilke, Bell, Laing, and, above all, Heidegger.
However whatever insight it might bear into the telephone remained, for me, too little, too obscure. Nov 13, Al Matthews rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Comp litters, Ward Nine, Ward Six, etc. The book is about the distinction between inventing the telephone and using it. Nov 11, Cambra rated it really liked it.
Oct 23, Ryan rated it did not like it Shelves: At 50 pages in, I updated my status here on Goodreads, and quipped that I probably had no business reading this book.
The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech
Other than an introductory philosophy course my freshman year of college, I know little to nothing about the subject broad though it is. I consider myself an intelligent person, but I found philosophy at the time, to be frank, confusing as hell. Either my mind isn’t wired to comprehend what seems to be intentionally dense and impenetrable thought and writingor I just didn’t At 50 pages in, I updated my status here on Goodreads, and quipped that I probably had no business reading this book. Either my mind isn’t wired to comprehend what seems to be intentionally dense and impenetrable thought and writingor I just didn’t beat my head against the wall long enough.
Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech. To say I was being stubborn or foolish — stupid is the right word here, though only in describing the act not the person — is to put the matter lightly. Here’s the sentence that finally did me in: Dasein’s uncanny experience of its thrown Being-toward-death — hence, having-been-thrown from which originates the call, out of which calls the Other as an anonymous Other — ” ‘Es’ ruft. Whether Ronell ever gets to the promise offered by the book’s subtitle, I guess I’ll never know.
Even if I’d managed to make it to the end, I’m not sure I’d even comprehend if it did.
Sure, a greater knowledge of philosophy and telephlne fundamental principles and ideas would help. But without a pretty robust understanding of Martin Heidegger and his work whose name, not to mention his ideas, is referenced in nearly, if not every, paragraphI’m not sure anyone would fare much better than I did.
That’s a shame because the book I imagined would have been so fascinating. I’ve been carrying this book around with me for nearly 20 years, entirely because of its graphic design, and while I found the title intriguing, I’d never really given much thought to ever actually reading it. Apr 06, Seth rated it it was amazing. This is a re-read sparked by a conversation with a dear friend up in San Francisco. We were discussing books and he mentioned a book “that was unlike any other book he’d ever read”.
I said the only book unlike any other book I had ever read was a book called The Telephone Book. I had to hunt down a used copy thank you Powell’s!
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My copy came today in excellent condition I should add and I’m really looking This is a re-read sparked by a conversation with a dear friend up in San Francisco. My copy came today in excellent condition I should add and I’m really looking forward to re-reading this remarkable work of art. Sep 10, micha cardenas rated it it was amazing. Jan 03, Lisa rated it really liked it. A lot of ranting, but in an ever-so-intelligent avktal referential postmodern fashion Apr 23, Tz rated it did not like it.
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