Postwestern Cultures

Postwestern Cultures

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Author: Susan Kollin

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 080326044X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 267

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Synthesizes topics of contemporary scholarship of the American West. This work examines subjects ranging from the use of frontier rhetoric in Japanese American internment camp narratives to the emergence of agricultural tourism in the New West to the application of geographer J B Jackson's theories to vernacular or abandoned western landscapes.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Naming Adult Autism

Naming Adult Autism

Through this hectic exchange of views, Microserfs keeps autism's relationship to 'tech people' demonstrably debatable, and the characters' uncertainty regarding the condition itself reflects a diagnosis in a state of semantic transition ...

Author: Dr. James McGrath

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781783480425

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Explores representations of ‘high-functioning’ adult autism in autobiographical, scientific and fictional texts to demonstrate the value of Cultural Studies towards understanding autism as a subjective condition and social category.
Categories: Social Science

Color Monitors

Color Monitors

As the title Microserfs suggests, Coupland shares with Linklater a protest against the life defined by high-tech servitude. Linklater, as we have seen, hits hard with the trope of slavery, as in his dismissal of his generation's “little ...

Author: Martin Kevorkian

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501727382

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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"Color Monitors looks at a particular subset of imagined computer use, focusing on scenarios that demand from the person at the keyboard an intimate technical knowledge. My research has uncovered a peculiar pattern: race comes into sharp relief when computer use is depicted as difficult labor requiring special expertise. Time and again, in such scenarios, the helpful person of color is there to take the call—to provide technical support, to deal with the machines. In interpreting such images, Color Monitors analyzes the computer-fearing strain in American whiteness, an aspect of white identity that defines itself against information technology and the racial other imagined to love it and excel at it."—Martin Kevorkian Following up on Ralph Ellison's intimation that blacks serve as "the machines inside the machine," Color Monitors examines the designation of black bodies as natural machines for the information age. Martin Kevorkian shows how African Americans are consistently depicted as highly skilled, intelligent, and technologically savvy as they work to solve complex computer problems in popular movies, corporate advertising, and contemporary fiction. But is this progress? Or do such seemingly positive depictions have more disturbing implications? Kevorkian provocatively asserts that whites' historical "fear of a black planet" has in the age of microprocessing converged with a new fear of computers and the possibility that digital imperatives will engulf human creativity. Analyzing escapist fantasies from Mission: Impossible to Minority Report, Kevorkian argues that the placement of a black man in front of a computer screen doubly reassures audiences: he is nonthreatening, safely occupied—even imprisoned—by the very machine he attempts to control, an occupation that simultaneously frees the action heroes from any electronic headaches. The study concludes with some alternatives to this scheme, looking to a network of recent authors, with shared affinities for Ellison and Pynchon, willing to think inside the black box of technology. Connecting race, technology, and American empire, Color Monitors will attract attention from scholars working in emerging areas of race theory, African American studies, film studies, cultural studies, and technology and communication studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Male Sexuality Under Surveillance

Male Sexuality Under Surveillance

Coupland's novel is, after all, called Microserfs. The relentless work into the early hours of the morning is one part of the drudgery, but the working environment is also as alienating as it is tolerant and unsupervised.

Author: Graham Thompson

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587294402

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Male Sexuality under Surveillance is a lively, intelligent, and expertly argued analysis of the construction of male sexuality in the business office. Graham Thompson interweaves three main threads: a historicized cultural analysis of the development of the modern business office from its beginnings in the early nineteenth century to the present day, a Foucauldian discussion of the office as the site of various disciplinary practices, and a queer-theoretical discussion of the textualization of the gay male body as a device for producing a taxonomy of male-male relations. The combination of these themes produces a study that is fresh, insightful, and provocative.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Strategic Leadership

Strategic Leadership

Coupland (1995) termed them microserfs, and does so in a delightful portrayal: bug checkers at Microsoft. Microserfs Microserfs carry the prestigious label in the technology industry as those ...

Author: Victor C.X. Wang

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781641131360

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 321

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Strategic leadership is broadly defined as utilizing particular approaches in the management of employees. The main objective is productivity. It provides the vision and direction for the long term growth and success of an organization. It requires objectivity and potential to look at the broader picture. It is leaders’ responsibility to incorporate aspects of both the analytical and human dimensions to effectively drive the organizations forward. As an academic subject, it is taught in both education and business. Leaders and mangers have turned to strategic leadership to inspire and guide their visions, and to formulate the directions so essential for the long term growth and success of an organization or a country. Leaders need the skills and tools for strategy formulation and implementation in order to deal with change in our society. Managing change and ambiguity requires strategic leaders who not only provide a sense of direction, but who can also build ownership and alignment within their workgroups to implement change. The goal of strategic leadership is to drive innovation, and maximize team performance to enhance organizations’ long term growth and success in today’s complex world of fastpaced, dramatic change. Research on strategic leadership has been going on for decades. Textbooks on this subject are readily available. If we look deeper, we realize the vast majority of these books were written from a practitioner’s perspective. In other words, these books were not based on empirical research. Naturally, these existing books have failed to better serve the needs of today’s graduate students who should be equipped with empirical research on such an academic subject. This book will investigate emergent administrative techniques and business practices being used within educational establishments and corporate worlds. It will highlight empirical research and best practices within strategic leadership.
Categories: Business & Economics

New York Magazine

New York Magazine

B00KS J0 OMA - - microserfs DOUGLAS COUPLAND HarperCollins; 371 pages; $21 VER SINCE BILL CLINTON BROUGHT THE DEBATE about economics down to the grammar-school level by imploring Americans to “make change your friend,” just whose friend ...

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Page: 142

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.
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New York Magazine

New York Magazine

B00KS J0 OMA - - microserfs DOUGLAS COUPLAND HarperCollins; 371 pages; $21 VER SINCE BILL CLINTON BROUGHT THE DEBATE about economics down to the grammar-school level by imploring Americans to “make change your friend,” just whose friend ...

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Page: 142

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.
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Precarious Labour and the Contemporary Novel

Precarious Labour and the Contemporary Novel

Generation X has Dag and Andy living together in a bungalow adjacent to Claire's and sharing a courtyard and pool; in Microserfs the novel begins with the protagonists living in a shared house and moves them to Silicon Valley where they ...

Author: Liam Connell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319639284

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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This book is a major study of the presentation of work and workers in contemporary novels from India, North America and the UK. Drawing on lively recent theories about work, it shows how the novel is a crucial form for helping us to understand what work means in contemporary society. It tackles some of the most urgent questions of contemporary life by examining the stories about work that novels produce. Including detailed readings of authors such as Douglas Coupland, David Foster Wallace, Joshua Ferris, Arivand Adiga, Chetan Bhagat and Monica Ali it explores how the presentation of fictional characters lays open the experience of insecure and precarious existence in the contemporary era. This study illustrates that novels provide an essential tool for understanding what work is and how we feel when we do it.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Hybrid Fictions

Hybrid Fictions

I would like to start with Douglas Coupland's Microserfs as it details the time (the early ¡990s) in which the digital, online revolution really began to blossom in America. Coupland achieved immediate success with his first novel, ...

Author: Daniel Grassian

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786483587

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 207

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Since the 1960s, academics have theorized that literature is on its way to becoming obsolete or, at the very least, has lost part of its power as an influential medium of social and cultural critique. This work argues against that misconception and maintains that contemporary American literature is not only alive and well but has grown in significant ways that reflect changes in American culture during the last twenty years. In addition, this work argues that beginning in the 1980s, a new, allied generation of American writers, born from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, has emerged, whose hybrid fiction blend distinct elements of previous American literary movements and contain divided social, cultural and ethnic allegiances. The author explores psychological, philosophical, ethnic and technological hybridity. The author also argues for the importance of and need for literature in contemporary America and considers its future possibilities in the realms of the Internet and hypertext. David Foster Wallace, Neal Stephenson, Douglas Coupland, Sherman Alexie, William Vollmann, Michele Serros and Dave Eggers are among the writers whose hybrid fictions are discussed.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Made in Canada Read in Spain

Made in Canada  Read in Spain

In the same article, Antolín Rato disdained Microserfs as merely a disparagement of computer fanatics. Triggered by the success of the earlier novels and by its innovative technological content, Microserfs (Ediciones B, ...

Author: Pilar Somacarrera

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9788376560175

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 231

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Made in Canada, Read in Spain is an edited collection of essays on the impact, diffusion, and translation of English Canadian literature in Spain. Given the size of the world’s Spanish-speaking population (some 350 million people) and the importance of the Spanish language in global publishing, it appeals to publishers, cultural agents and translators, as well as to Canadianists and Translation Studies scholars. By analyzing more than 100 sources of online and print reviews, this volume covers a wide-range of areas and offers an ambitious scope that goes from the institutional side of the Spanish-Anglo-Canadian exchange to issues on the insertion of CanLit in the Spanish curriculum; from ‘nation branding’, translation, and circulation of Canadian authors in autonomous communities (such as Catalonia) to the official acknowledgement of some authors by the Spanish literary system -Margaret Atwood and Leonard Cohen were awarded the prestigious Prince of Asturias prize in 2008 and 2011, respectively.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines