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Noir Urbanisms : Dystopic Images of the Modern City - Gyan Prakash

Noir Urbanisms

Dystopic Images of the Modern City

By: Gyan Prakash (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th September 2010
ISBN: 9780691146447
Number Of Pages: 288

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Dystopic imagery has figured prominently in modern depictions of the urban landscape. The city is often portrayed as a terrifying world of darkness, crisis, and catastrophe. "Noir Urbanisms" traces the history of the modern city through its critical representations in art, cinema, print journalism, literature, sociology, and architecture. It focuses on visual forms of dystopic representation--because the history of the modern city is inseparable from the production and circulation of images--and examines their strengths and limits as urban criticism.

Contributors explore dystopic images of the modern city in Germany, Mexico, Japan, India, South Africa, China, and the United States. Their topics include Weimar representations of urban dystopia in Fritz Lang's 1927 film "Metropolis"; 1960s modernist architecture in Mexico City; Hollywood film noir of the 1940s and 1950s; the recurring fictional destruction of Tokyo in postwar Japan's sci-fi doom culture; the urban fringe in Bombay cinema; fictional explorations of urban dystopia in postapartheid Johannesburg; and Delhi's out-of-control and media-saturated urbanism in the 1980s and 1990s. What emerges in "Noir Urbanisms" is the unsettling and disorienting alchemy between dark representations and the modern urban experience.

In addition to the editor, the contributors are David R. Ambaras, James Donald, Ruben Gallo, Anton Kaes, Ranjani Mazumdar, Jennifer Robinson, Mark Shiel, Ravi Sundaram, William M. Tsutsui, and Li Zhang.

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"Noir Urbanisms deserves to be widely read and debated. In describing why inequalities or disasters have occurred, this becomes a lesson for the architects and urban designers master-planning cities of the future."--Esme Fieldhouse, Blueprint Magazine

Introduction: Imaging the Modern City, Darklyp. 1
Modernism and Urban Dystopia
The Phantasm of the Apocalypse: Metropolis and Weimar Modernityp. 17
Sounds Like Hell: Beyond Dystopian Noisep. 31
Tlatelolco: Mexico City's Urban Dystopiap. 53
The Aesthetics of the Dark City
A Regional Geography of Film Noir: Urban Dystopias On-and Offscreenp. 75
Oh No, There Goes Tokyo: Recreational Apocalypse and the City in Postwar Japanese Popular Culturep. 104
Postsocialist Urban Dystopia?p. 127
Friction, Collision, and the Grotesque: The Dystopic Fragments of Bombay Cinemap. 150
Imaging Urban Crisis
Topographies of Distress: Tokyo, c. 1930p. 187
Living in Dystopia: Past, Present, and Future in Contemporary African Citiesp. 218
Imaging Urban Breakdown: Delhi in the 1990sp. 241
Contributorsp. 261
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780691146447
ISBN-10: 0691146446
Series: Publications in Partnership with the Shelby Cullom Davis Center at Princeton University
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 27th September 2010
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.42