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Urban Space and Cityscapes : Perspectives from Modern and Contemporary Culture - Christoph Lindner

Urban Space and Cityscapes

Perspectives from Modern and Contemporary Culture

By: Christoph Lindner (Editor)

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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 essay 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.

Edward W. Soja Foreword: Cityscapes as Cityspaces Christoph Lindner 1. Revisioning Urban Space and Cityscapes PART 1 ? IMAGE Mark Dorrian 2. Cityscape with Ferris Wheel: Chicago, 1893 Barry Langford 3. Seeing Only Corpses: Vision And/Of Urban Disaster in Apocalyptic Cinema Brian Jarvis 4. New York -- 9.11 Stephanie Hemelryk Donald 5. The Idea of Hong Kong: Structures of Attention in the City of Life PART 2 ? TEXT Andrew Hussey 6. Paris Underground: Juan Goytisolo and the ? -- Situationist? -- City Sara Upstone 7. Negotiations of London as Imperial Urban Space in the Contemporary Postcolonial Novel Tim Woods 8. Reading Urban Spaces in African Texts Caroline Bate 9. Reading the Illegible Cityscapes of Postmodern Fiction Christoph Lindner 10. The Death and Return of the New York Skyscraper: Cather, Libeskind, and Verticality PART 3 ? FORM Julia Ng 11. The Museum, the Street, and the Virtual Landscape of Berlin Teresa Stoppani 12. The Reversible City: Exhibition(ism), Chorality and Tenderness in Manhattan and Venice Patricia Wise 13. Australia?s Gold Coast: A City Producing Itself Stephen Cairns 14. Cognitive Mapping the Dispersed City.

ISBN: 9780203019252
ISBN-10: 0203019253
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 2nd March 2006