After-Images of the City

After-Images of the City

by Joan Ramon Resina
     
 
Criticism on the textual and iconographic construction of the city is extensive, yet the problem of historical change in representations of "the urban" has received little attention. Believing traditional accounts are limited by their reflection of a specific historical moment, Joan Ramon Resina and Dieter Ingenschay focus, by contrast, on transition. In essays

Overview

Criticism on the textual and iconographic construction of the city is extensive, yet the problem of historical change in representations of "the urban" has received little attention. Believing traditional accounts are limited by their reflection of a specific historical moment, Joan Ramon Resina and Dieter Ingenschay focus, by contrast, on transition. In essays written for this volume, scholars of literary and visual studies, the history of architecture, cultural theory, and urban geography explore the ways perceptual or conceptual paradigms of the city supersede or replace others, while at the same time retaining the "after-image" of what went before.The writers touch on a wide variety of issues related to contemporary urban cultures as they journey through cities including New York, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Tijuana, Berlin, and London. Drawing on the work of Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Camilo José Cela, Honoré de Balzac, and Alfred Stieglitz, their approach is broadly cultural rather than technical. After-Images of the City takes into account the intrinsic instability of the image and reveals that representations of the modern metropolis cannot be fixed in time and history.

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"This collection of intriguing conference papers explores the culturally constructed imageries that crystallize, complement, and redefine urban experiences and futures—a multifaceted concept Resina (romance studies and comparative literature, Cornell Univ.) elaborates in his theoretical overview. Apart from an insightful exploration of multiple after-images in Steiglitz, photography, and New York (by Mary Woods), essays generally address this central concept through literary texts and related theories, leavened with references to anthropology and planning. . . Summing Up: Recommended."—Choice, November 2003

"In testing the concept of an 'after-image' as an analytical tool, the editors of this volume, Joan Ramon Resina and Dieter Ingenschay—both professors of literature—contribute fruitfully to the project of developing interdisciplinary methodological approaches to urban studies. . . . On the whole . . . the writing is direct and inventive."—Ocean Howell, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 63:1, March 2004

"The topic of urbanism has attracted increasing attention in recent years, reaching beyond sociology and geography into cultural and literary studies. The specific interest of this collection, and its original contribution to this very wide field, is its combination of the spatial dimension with time: the paradoxes and contradictions of the 'after-image.'"—Paul Julian Smith, Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Cambridge University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801487897
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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