ISBN-10:
0226946649
ISBN-13:
9780226946641
Pub. Date:
02/01/2010
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Untimely Ruins: An Archaeology of American Urban Modernity, 1819-1919

Untimely Ruins: An Archaeology of American Urban Modernity, 1819-1919

by Nick Yablon

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ISBN-13: 9780226946641
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nick Yablon is associate professor of American studies at the University of Iowa.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction

Of Light Bulbs and Bathtubs: Excavating the Modern City

1 Crumbling Columns and Day-Old Ruins:

Specters of Antiquity on the American Grand Tour, 1819–1837

2 "Even Eden, you know, ain’t all built":

Paper Cities, British Investors, and the Ruins of Cairo, Illinois, 1837–1844

3 The Petrified City:

Antiquity and Modernity in Melville’s New York, 1835–1865

4 Relapsing into Barbarism:

Labor, Ethnicity, and Ruin in Prospective Histories of Urban America, 1865–1906

5 "Plagued By Their Own Inventions":

Reframing the Technological Ruins of San Francisco, 1906–1909

6 The Metropolitan Life in Ruins:

Architectural and Fictional Speculations in New York, 1893–1919

Epilogue

Toward the Posthuman Ruin

Notes

Index

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