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Writing the City : Eden, Babylon and the New Jerusalem - Peter Preston

Writing the City

Eden, Babylon and the New Jerusalem

Hardcover Published: 6th October 1994
ISBN: 9780415106672
Number Of Pages: 368

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Located at the interface of geography and literature, "Writing the City" visualizes the city through the hopes, aspirations, disappointments and pains of international novelists and creative writers. From Manchester, Montreal and Sydney to Osaka, Varanasi amd Odessa, cities become mor than their built environment, more than a set of class or economic relationships: they are also an experience to be lived, suffered and undergone.
Thus cities are seen in terms of the innocence of an Eden now lost, a threat of sinful Babylon and the promise of a New Jerusalem.

List of maps and figures
Notes on contributors
Introduction: Writing the Cityp. 1
Belfast: Bernard Mac Laverty's Heart of Darknessp. 17
Manchester and Milton-Northern: Elizabeth Gaskell and the Industrial Townp. 31
Contrasting the Nature of the Written City: Helsinki in Regionalistic Thought and as a Dwelling-Placep. 59
The St. Petersburg of Oblomov and Crime and Punishmentp. 81
City-Icon in a Poetic Geography: Pushkin's Odessap. 95
Very Different Montreals: Pathways through the City and Ethnicity in Novels by Authors of Different Originsp. 109
City Primeval: High Noon in Elmore Leonard's Detroitp. 125
Willa Cather as a City Novelistp. 149
A Place of Tombs: The Charleston of William Gilmore Simmsp. 173
Jerusalem in S. Y. Agnon's Yesterday Before Yesterdayp. 195
Modern Varanasi: Place and Society in Shivprasad Singh's Street Turns Yonderp. 221
Chikamatsu's Osakap. 243
Gazing on Apartheid: Post-Colonial Travel Narratives of the Golden Cityp. 257
Tinsel Town: Sydney as Seen through the Eyes of Christina Steadp. 287
Transgressing Boundaries: Isabel Allende's Santiago De Chilep. 307
Eden, Babylon, New Jerusalem: A Taxonomy for Writing the Cityp. 331
Indexp. 342
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ISBN: 9780415106672
ISBN-10: 0415106672
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 6th October 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 16.2  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.92
Edition Number: 1