Julie Wosk

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Author Julie Wosk welcomes you to her book BREAKING FRAME: TECHNOLOGY, ART, AND DESIGN IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY (a new Authors Guild Backinprint.com edition of her book Breaking Frame: Technology and the Visual Arts in the Nineteenth Century).

Breaking Frame: Technology, Art, and Design in the Nineteenth Century, 2013.

Julie Wosk's BREAKING FRAME, originally published by Rutgers University Press, is now available as a special Authors Guild Backinprint.com edition with a new introduction linking the book to today’s world and today's technology and art. BREAKING FRAME is a groundbreaking view of how artists and designers dealt with the tremors of technology as new industries and mechanical inventions dramatically transformed human life. Artists captured the explosive impact of the Industrial Revolution in their images of factories spewing smoke, trains crashing, and comic views of people-turned-automatons as they happily walk along in their steam-powered legs and ride precariously in their fanciful flying machines.

Artists celebrated the century's impressive new feats of engineering ranging from London's Crystal Palce to the Brooklyn Bridge. These images often mirrored widespread feelings of admiration and anxiety at the dramatic changes underway.
To ease the public's uncertainty about new machines and celebrate them too, designers shaped steam engine frames to look like Greek temples and developed a design aesthetic for the new sewing machines, factory machines, and mass-produced decorative arts.

Reviewers like Yale professor Alan Trachtenberg have called BREAKING FRAME "perceptive, lucid, engaging"---"a book that becomes more pertinent every day." Filled with illustrations, the book is an engaging study that will appeal to readers with a wide range of interests including history, art, computers, sociology, engineering, robotics, visual culture, and more.

Selected Works

An engaging look at artificial women--robots, mannequins, dolls---in film, art, photography, television, and today's talking, electronic female robots that look so real they can easily fool the eye.
Julie Wosk's WOMEN AND THE MACHINE tells the fascinating story of how women and machines have been portrayed over the past two centuries. From Alarming Woman Driver to Rosie the Riveter to women artists using electronic technologies today, this lavishly illustrated book captures dramatically changing social attitudes about women and their technical abilities With over 150 photographs, art works, cartoons, and advertisements--many in color--WOMEN AND THE MACHINE highlights the important role women and machines have played in history. Its wide-ranging images present women successfully mastering new technologies: women driving automobiles, bicycling, flying and repairing airplanes, operating machines in World War I and II, using sewing machines,electric home appliances, typewriters, computers, and more. Wosk details the gender stereotypes that have haunted women for centuries and the ways women have countered these stereotypes by mastering technology and demonstrating their technical skills. Chapters also include women as automatons, robots and cyborgs, women working in industry, Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs),women mechanics, women artists creating electronic images, nineteenth-century women dressed in wired bustles, corsets, and crinolines, and more. "Engaging and entertaining"--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Wosk (English, art history, and studio painting, SUNY Maritime College) offers a delightful book framed by captivating illustrations that support and enrich the text--CHOICE "Combined with superb graphics, Wosk shows that the gender gap in today's technology workplace has very deep roots"--CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Julie Wosk’s exciting book introduces the world of artificial women who seem alive—a subject that has long fascinated filmmakers, artists, photographers, television writers, video game designers, and robotics engineers. These synthetic creatures have a surprising appeal-- and range from early automatons to Lara Croft and the Stepford Wives to today's Japanese female robots that look so real they can easily fool the eye.