Metropolis on the Styx: The Underworlds of Modern Urban Culture, 1800-2001

Metropolis on the Styx: The Underworlds of Modern Urban Culture, 1800-2001

by David L. Pike
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801473047

ISBN-13: 9780801473043

Pub. Date: 09/28/2007

Publisher: Cornell University Press

In Metropolis on the Styx,David L. Pike considers how underground spaces and their many myths have organized ways of seeing, thinking about, and living in the modern city. Expanding on the cultural history of underground construction in his acclaimed previous book, Subterranean Cities, Pike details the emergence of a vertical city in the imagination of

Overview

In Metropolis on the Styx,David L. Pike considers how underground spaces and their many myths have organized ways of seeing, thinking about, and living in the modern city. Expanding on the cultural history of underground construction in his acclaimed previous book, Subterranean Cities, Pike details the emergence of a vertical city in the imagination of nineteenth-century Paris and London, a city overseen by hosts of devils and undermined by subterranean villains, a city whose ground level was replete with passages between above and below. Metropolis on the Styx brings together a rich variety of visual and written sources ranging from pulp mysteries and movie serials to the poetry of Charles Baudelaire and the novels of Marcel Proust, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Elinor Glyn to the broadsheets and ephemera of everyday urban life. From these materials, Pike conjures a working theory of modern underground space that explains why our notions about urban environments remain essentially nineteenth-century in character, even though cities themselves have since changed almost beyond recognition.Highly original in subject matter, methodology, and conclusions, Metropolis on the Styx synthesizes a number of critical approaches, periods of study, and disciplines in the analysis of a single category of space—the underground. Pike studies the built environments and the textual and visual ephemera (including little-known or unknown archival material) of Paris, London, and other cities in conjunction with canonical modern literature and art. This book integrates a rich visual component—photographs, movie stills, prints, engravings, paintings, cartoons, maps, and drawings of actual and imagined subterranean spaces—into the fabric of the argument.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801473043
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     IX
Preface and Acknowledgments     XIII
The Devil, the Underground, and the Vertical City     1
The Underground Metropolis     3
Modernist Space and Underground Theory     11
From the Mine to the Trench     25
The Devil above and the Devil below     36
The Devil and the Rhythms of Modern Life     46
Seasons in Twentieth-Century Hell     54
Modernism, Memory, and Urban Space     59
The Devil Comes to Town     65
The Devil in Paris and London     67
The Devil in Urban Hell     73
Spectacles of the Metropolitan Devil     84
His Satanic Majesty's Court     105
The Devil on Crutches     112
Satanic Verses     124
The Devil Take the Hindmost     137
The Modern Devil     146
Mysteries of the Underground     158
The True Mysteries of the Modern Metropolis Revealed     159
Sensations of Subterranean London     170
"If the rich only knew..."     183
The Afterlife of the Urban Mysteries     194
The Urban Underworlds of Postwar America     211
Through the Looking Glass     220
Ex Ego in Arcadia     223
Down by the Dark Arches     243
A Passage under the Thames     260
Foreign Incursions     274
The Arcade Entrenched     282
Thresholds of Stage and Screen     301
The Threshold of a New Millennium     312
Notes     317
Index     357

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