Chekhov's Guns: Technology, Design, and Intention in Narrative Fiction

Jennifer Yida Pan
This dissertation intervenes both in studies of narrative fiction and science and technology studies (STS) by proposing a new mode of reading technological objects. It develops a design-oriented approach to reading technology in literary texts and practices a literary approach to reading technological objects in themselves. Current scholarship on technology, even within literary studies, is dominated by philosophical and sociological approaches, which tend to treat technological objects as ready-made. I argue that we must instead...
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