The Newberry Seminar on technology, Politics, and Culture, co-sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago, Roosvelt University, and Northwestern University present:
"Language Matters: Explaining Events in the Modern Murder Novel"
Stephen Kern, Northern Illinois University
Friday, February 15, 2002, 3:30-5:00 pm
Theories of causation in the human science have changed markedly in the past century and a half. This essay analyzes these changes by using modern novels as a source. In particular, it demonstrates how in the twentieth century novelists - influenced, in part, by developments in linguistics - began to invest language with greater causal significance. In so doing, it expands our understanding of technology to embrace language itself.
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