Urban Space and Representation

Urban Space and Representation

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Theories of urban space have become the focus of a great deal of work by scholars in cultural geography, urban studies and critical theory. This volume contributes to that debate by analysing the relationship between theories of urban space and literary and visual representations of the city - an emergent area of confluence in literary, film and cultural studies. The contributors address themes such as visual culture and spectacle; class and capital; community and public space; and nation, diaspora and belonging. Cities covered include New York, Chicago, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Birmingham and Freetown, Sierra Leone. Artists and writers discussed include Piet Mondrian, Nella Larsen, Rudolph Fisher, Amos Oz, David Grossman, Sarah Schulman, Jonathan Larsen, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Paul Auster and Wayne Wang.show more

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  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 137.16 x 220.98 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745313493
  • 9780745313498

About Maria Balshaw

John A Walker recently retired as Reader in Art and Design History at Middlesex University. The author of a number of books on art theory and aspects of popular culture, his other Pluto press titles include Cultural Offensive: America's Impact on British Art since 1945, and Art and Outrage: Provocation, Controversy and the Avant Garde.show more

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Acknowledgements Contributors Maria Balshaw and Liam Kennedy, Introduction Part One: SPACE AND VISION 1. Douglas Tallack, City Sights: Mapping and Representing New York City 2. Richard Ings, A Tale of Two Cities: Urban Text and Image in The Sweet Flypaper of Life 3. Pascal Pinck, From the Sofa to the Crime Scene: Skycam, Local News and the Televisual City Part Two: SPACES OF DIFFERENCE 4. Al Deakin, Fear and Sympathy: Charles Dickens and Urban (Dis) Ability 5. Maria Balshaw, Elegies to Harlem: Looking For Langston and Jazz 6. Peter Brooker, The Brooklyn Cigar Co. as Dialogic Public Sphere: Community and 7. Postmodernism in Paul Auster and Wayne Wang's Smoke and Blue in the Face 8. Liam Kennedy, Paranoid Spatiality: Postmodern Urbanism and American Cinema Part Three: (POST) NATIONAL SPACES 9. Myrto Konstantarakos, The film de banlieue: Renegotiating the Representation of Urban Space 10. Stephen Shapiro, `Whose Fucking Park? Our Fucking Park!': Bohemian Brumaires (Paris 1848/East Village 1988), Gentrification, and the Representation of AIDS 11. Gargi Bhattacharyya, Metropolis of the Midlands 12. John Phillips, Singapore Soil: A Completely Different Organisation of Spaceshow more

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