Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Androids in the EnlightenmentMechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Adelheid Voskuhl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226034027

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226034331.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use (for details see http://www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 27 April 2018

Poetic Engagement with Piano-Playing Women Automata

Poetic Engagement with Piano-Playing Women Automata

Chapter:
(p.170) Five Poetic Engagement with Piano-Playing Women Automata
Source:
Androids in the Enlightenment
Author(s):

Adelheid Voskuhl

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226034331.003.0005

This chapter examines literary texts that use the two piano-playing women as motifs to develop broader intellectual and poetic agendas about the boundaries between humans and machines. In the years between 1750 and 1820, numerous writers concerned themselves with android automata and other artificial humans, and two of them used piano-playing women automata specifically: Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (who later in his life went by Jean Paul) in the 1780s and E. T. A. Hoffmann in the second decade of the next century. The texts by Richter and Hoffmann that feature piano-playing women automata are read and discussed in relation to other texts about automata from the time. It is argued that piano-playing women automata raised questions not only about whether humans had become “like” machines in the modern age, but also about whether the initial formation of the modern subject—the one preceding its mechanization—was a real and reliable process.

Keywords:   android automata, poetic agendas, women automata, piano-playing women, Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, E. T. A. Hoffmann, humans, machines

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.