Jessica Teague (English) has published a book with Cambridge University Press, Sound Recording Technology and American Literature, from the Phonograph to the Remix.
Phonographs, tapes, stereo LPs, digital remix — how did these remarkable technologies impact American writing? This book explores how 20th-century writers shaped the ways we listen in our multimedia present. Uncovering a rich new archive of materials, this book offers a resonant reading of how writers across several genres, such as John Dos Passos, Langston Hughes, William S. Burroughs, and others, navigated the intermedial spaces between texts and recordings. Numerous scholars have taken up remix — a term co-opted from DJs and sound engineers — as the defining aesthetic of 21st-century art and literature. Others have examined modernism's debt to the phonograph. But in the gap between these moments, one finds that the reciprocal relationship between the literary arts and sonic technologies continued to evolve over the 20th century. A mix of American literary history, sound studies, and media archeology, this interdisciplinary study will appeal to scholars, students, and audiophiles.