Modernity and Metropolis: Writing, Film and Urban Formations

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This study of urban identity and community looks at selected twentieth century literary and film texts in the contexts of theorizations modernism, postmodernism, post-coloniality and globalization. Brooker draws on Beck and Giddens and Rem Koolhasas, amongst others, to propose a 'reflexive modernism' which rewrites and re-imagines the urban scene. Cities included are London and New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok. Writers and artists considered are: in the modernist period, Ezra Poun and T.S. Eliot, Langston ...

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Overview

This study of urban identity and community looks at selected twentieth century literary and film texts in the contexts of theorizations modernism, postmodernism, post-coloniality and globalization. Brooker draws on Beck and Giddens and Rem Koolhasas, amongst others, to propose a 'reflexive modernism' which rewrites and re-imagines the urban scene. Cities included are London and New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok. Writers and artists considered are: in the modernist period, Ezra Poun and T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes and Melvin B. Tolson, and in the contemporary period, Hanif Kureishi, Bernadine Evaristo and Salman Rushdie, Iain Sinclair and Patrick Keiller, Paul Auster and Sarah Schulman, William Gibson, Wong Kar-Wai and Lawrence Chua, and Alex Proyas, Latife Tekin and John Berger.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333801680
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Brooker is Professor of Modern Literature and Culture and Head of the Center for Criticism and Culture at University College Northampton. He has published widely on aspects of modernism, postmodernism and contemporary theory.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Beginnings in Endings
• Modernity and Metropolis
• Reflexivity
• Community
• A Reflexive Aesthetic
Chapter One: American Modernists in Modern London
• Ezra Pound: Vortex South Kensington
• Iris Barry: Life and Contacts
• T.S. Eliot: Between Lives
Chapter Two: Modernism Deferred: Harlem Montage
• Blues on 1814 N. Street, NW Washington
• Renaissance Jazz
• Modernisms: Langston Hughes and Melvin B. Tolson
Chapter Three: Inside Ethnicity: Suburban Outlooks
• Black Britishness
• A Little Identity Crisis: Hanif Kureishi
• Real Magic: Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Bernadine Evaristo
Chapter Four: Re-Imagining London
• Vortex Spitafields: Iain Sinclair and Syed Manzarul Islam
• The Problem of London: Patrick Keiller
• Drifting, Disappearing: Iain Sinclair and Rachel Lichtenstein
• Untold Stories: Janet Cardiff
Chapter Five: 'Hymn to the Great People's Republic of Brooklyn'
• Place and Identity
• Paul Auster: Time for Stories
• Dialogic Community: Paul Auster and Wayne Wang
Chapter Six: Sarah Schulman and the Lower East Side
• Neighborhoods
• Fictions of Lesbian Community
• The Power of Straight Thinking
• UnAmerican Activity
Chapter Seven: IN the Matrix: East West Encounters
• Turing the Globe
• 'The Street Finds its Own Use for Things': Edward Yang and William Gibson
• Starting Over: Wong Kar-Wai and Lawrence Chua
Coda: Postmetropolis and the Art of Fabrication
• Sim City and the Shanty Town
• 'A Poor Man is Like a Dog': Latife Tekin and John Berger

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