Cityscapes : cultural readings in the material and symbolic city / Ben Highmore.

by Highmore, Ben, 1961-Looking glass.

Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.Description: xiv, 178 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0333929349; 0333929357.Subject(s): Cities and townsLooking glass | City and town life in literatureLooking glass | City and town life in motion picturesLooking glass | City and town lifeLooking glass | Movement, Psychology ofLooking glass | Sociology, UrbanLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references (pages 162-171) and index.
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The city is the most distinctive product of modernity, but it is also its most unruly. How do we approach a culture that is both physical and imaginary, that has moulded concrete and asphalt as well as movies and novels? Cityscapes provides an innovative approach to the modern city. By arguing that the most distinctive aspect of urban life is the varied, and often conflicting, rhythms of the city, this book sets out to find ways of registering the dynamic complexity of the city. Using a range of cultural forms Cityscapes spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, finding vivid examples of urban movements in Edgar Allan Poe's London, in Parisian departments stores, in colonial and anti-colonial Algiers, in the North American cities of recent detective fiction, and in the virtual city of The Matrix .

Includes bibliographical references (pages 162-171) and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 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

Author notes provided by Syndetics

BEN HIGHMORE is Senior Lecturer in the School of Cultural and Media Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. He is the author of Everyday Life and Cultural Theory: An Introduction (Routledge 2002) and editor of The Everyday Life Reader (Routledge, 2002).
BEN HIGHMORE is Senior Lecturer in the School of Cultural and Media Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. He is the author of Everyday Life and Cultural Theory: An Introduction (Routledge 2002) and editor of The Everyday Life Reader (Routledge, 2002).

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