The Metaphysical City examines the metaphorical existence of the city as an entity to further understand its significance on urban planning and geography. It encourages an open-minded approach when studying cities so as to uncover broader connecting themes that may otherwise be missed.
Case studies of New York, Paris, Cairo, Mumbai, Tokyo, and Los Angeles explore a metaphor specific to each city. This multidisciplinary analysis uses philosophical treatises, geographical analysis, and comparative literature to uncover how each city corresponds to the metaphor. As such, it allows the reader to understand the city from six differing points of view.
This book would be beneficial to students and academics of urban planning, geography, and comparative literature, in particular those with an interest in a metaphysical examination of cities.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The City as Creature: New York 2. The City as Human: Paris 3. The City as Jail Cell: Cairo 4. The City as Thing: Mumbai 5. The City as Home: Tokyo 6. The City as Spectacle: Los Angeles Conclusion
Rob Sullivan is a former lecturer in geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of Street Level: Los Angeles in the Twenty-First Century and Geography Speaks: Performative Aspects of Geography.