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A Shout in the Street: An Excursion into the Modern City
     

A Shout in the Street: An Excursion into the Modern City

by Peter Jukes
 

A remarkable meditation on the topography of the modern city, A Shout in the Street offers a close and sensitive examination of four urban landscapes—London, Paris, Leningrad, and New York. Peter Jukes pursues the essence of these international metropolises in an assemblage comprised of his own evocative essays, excerpts from modern masters of the

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A remarkable meditation on the topography of the modern city, A Shout in the Street offers a close and sensitive examination of four urban landscapes—London, Paris, Leningrad, and New York. Peter Jukes pursues the essence of these international metropolises in an assemblage comprised of his own evocative essays, excerpts from modern masters of the essay form such as Benjamin, Barthes, and Sontag, and period photographs. A Shout in the Street, with a keenly cinematic eye, searches out not just the glittering facades, but the vitality of thoroughfares and neighborhoods.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The modern city as arena where public lives are played out and where chance encounters shape one's destiny is the topic of these eloquent, winding, meditative essays on four metropolises. To British playwright/director Jukes, Paris is a marketplace of desire, London a museum overlaid with nostalgic remnants of history. He views New York as illusory magnet of material promise, and Leningrad (once St. Petersburg) as emblematic of new beginnings, a link providing continuity between tsardom and revolution. Each essay is spliced with photographs and prefaced by a montage of quotations by the likes of Dickens, Freud, Orwell, Turgenev, Foucault, Lewis Mumford, Simone de Beauvoir, Ralph Ellison, along with occasional lyrics from Hart Crane, Bob Dylan, the Clash. Best read in snatches, this travelogue touches upon all manner of topics ranging from the ``image industry'' to subways, arcades, Dostoyevski's ``underground man'' and personal freedom. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520075535
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/09/1991
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author


Peter Jukes, a graduate of Cambridge University, is a prize-winning playwright and director and has produced work for the stage and BBC radio.

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