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Cityscapes : Cultural Readings in the Material and Symbolic City - Ben Highmore


Cultural Readings in the Material and Symbolic City

Paperback Published: 1st May 2005
ISBN: 9780333929353
Number Of Pages: 192

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The modern city has many dimensions, both physical and imaginative. This book offers an innovative approach to exploring its complexity by focusing on the varied and often conflicting rhythms of urban life. Spanning the nineteenth and twentieth century, it draws on cultural texts as varied as Edgar Allan Poe's London, Parisian department stores, colonial and anti-colonial Algiers, the North American cities of recent detective fiction, and the virtual city of The Matrix. The resulting text is original in conception, vivid in its analysis and insight, and highly accessible to students.

'Cityscapes is itself complex and multilayered. The reader can re-enter it in different times and places to gain insights not only into the specific texts it discusses, but into ways of seeing the city. Highmore's attention to the power of dynamics of city spaces is particularly laudable...One of the best things about this book is that it examines how racialised, gendered and classed city spaces are configured and contested as well as represented and rhythmed.' - Susan Alice Fischer, Literary London: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London 'It is commendable though as a slim, engaging and thought-provoking text that rewards the trouble taken in considering its themes and arguments.' - Bryn Parry, Tourism and Cultural Change

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction - Methodology I: Culture, Cities and Legibility
Street Scenes - Circulation, Crowds, and Modernizing London
City of Attractions - Commodities, Shopping, and Consumer Choreography
Colonial Spacing - Control and Conflict in the Colonial and Neo-Colonial City
Urban Noir - Mobility and Movement in Detective Fiction
Networks - Communication, Information, and The Matrix
Conclusion - Methodology II: Rhythm-analysis and Urban Culture
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ISBN: 9780333929353
ISBN-10: 0333929357
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st May 2005
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1