From the verticals of New York, Hong Kong and Singapore to the sprawls of London, Paris and Jakarta, this interdisciplinary volume of new writing examines constructions, representations, imaginations and theorizations of 'cityscapes' in modern and contemporary culture. With specially-commissioned essays from the fields of cultural theory, architecture, film, literature, visual art and urban geography, it offers fresh insight into the increasingly complex relationship between urban space, cultural production and everyday life.
This volume draws on critical urban studies and moves beyond familiar cultural representations of the city by considering urban planning and architecture. Organized under three inter-related themes - image, text and form - essay topics range from the examination of cyberpunk skylines, pagan urbanism and the cinema of urban disaster, to the analysis of iconic city landmarks such as the twin towers, the London Eye and the Judisches Museum Berlin.
Covering a diverse range of cities, including Berlin, Chicago, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Paris, and Venice, this fantastic resource for students, scholars and researchers alike, works expertly at the intersections of visual, material, and literary culture.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Cityscapes as Cityspaces 1. Revisioning Urban Space and Cityscapes Part 1: Image 2. Cityscape with Ferris Wheel: Chicago, 1893 3. Seeing Only Corpses: Vision And/Of Urban Disaster in Apocalyptic Cinema 4. New York. 9.11 5. The Idea of Hong Kong: Structures of Attention in the City of Life Part 2: Text 6. Paris Underground: Juan Goytisolo and the ‘Situationist’ City 7. Negotiations of London as Imperial Urban Space in the Contemporary Postcolonial Novel 8. Reading Urban Spaces in African Texts 9. Reading the Illegible Cityscapes of Postmodern Fiction 10. The Death and Return of the New York Skyscraper: Cather, Libeskind, and Verticality Part 3: Form 11. The Museum, the Street, and the Virtual Landscape of Berlin 12. The Reversible City: Exhibition(ism), Chorality and Tenderness in Manhattan and Venice 13. Australia’s Gold Coast: A City Producing Itself 14. Cognitive Mapping the Dispersed City
Christoph Lindner is Assistant Professor of Literature and Film at Northern Illinois University