Urban Space and Cityscapes: Perspectives from Modern and Contemporary Culture

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From the verticals of New York, Hong Kong, and Australia's Gold Coast to the sprawls of London, Paris, and Jakarta, this cross-disciplinary volume of new writing examines constructions, representations, imaginations, and theorizations of urban space and cityscapes in modern and contemporary culture. Linked by a shared concern for issues of spatiality, the topics are organized around three interrelated themes - image, text, and form - and range from the examination of cyberpunk skylines, postcolonial urbanism, and the cinema of urban disaster, to the analysis of iconic city landmarks such as the Twin Towers, the London Eye, and the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Working at the intersections of visual, material, and literary culture, Urban Space and Cityscapes seeks in particular: to provide new critical and theoretical perspectives on the city at a time when the condition and future of urbanism are major subjects of international and public concern. to examine the aesthetic, narrative, and representational strategies used to interpret the dynamic space of cities. to explore the relationship between urban space and a variety of pressing cultural concerns, including issues of identity, memory, technology, class, gender, nation, and ethnicity. With original essays from the fields of architecture, cultural theory, film, geography, literature, and visual art, Urban Space and Cityscapes offers fresh insight into the increasingly complex relationship between urban space, cultural production, and everyday life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415366526
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Questioning Cities Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christoph Lindner is Assistant Professor of Literature and Film at Northern Illinois University

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Table of Contents

1 Revisioning urban space and cityscapes 1
2 Cityscape with Ferris wheel : Chicago, 1893 17
3 Seeing only corpses : vision and/of urban disaster in apocalyptic cinema 38
4 New York, 9/11 49
5 The idea of Hong Kong : structures of attention in the city of life 63
6 Paris underground : Juan Goytisolo and the 'situationist' city 77
7 Negotiations of London as imperial urban space in the contemporary postcolonial novel 88
8 Reading urban spaces in African texts 101
9 Reading the illegible cityscapes of postmodern fiction 112
10 The death and return of the New York skyscraper : Cather, Libeskind, and verticality 122
11 The museum, the street, and the virtual landscape of Berlin 137
12 The reversible city : exhibition(ism), chorality, and tenderness in Manhattan and Venice 155
13 Australia's Gold Coast : a city producing itself 177
14 Cognitive mapping the dispersed city 192
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