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The Cambridge Companion to the City in Literature

Author: Kevin R McNamara
Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the myths and legends that fashioned the identities of ancient city-states to the diversity of literary performance in contemporary cities around the world, literature and the city are inseparably entwined. The international team of scholars in this volume offers a comprehensive, accessible survey of the literary city, exploring the myriad cities that authors create and the genres in which allegorical cities  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin R McNamara
ISBN: 9781107028036 1107028035 9781107609150 1107609151
OCLC Number: 881444036
Awards: Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2015
Description: xxvii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Chronology --
Introduction / Kevin R. McNamara --
1. Celestial cities and rationalist utopias / Antonis Balasopoulos --
2. The city in the literature of antiquity / Susan Stephens --
3. The medieval and early-modern city in literature / Karen Newman --
4. The spectator and rise of the modern metropole / Alison O'Byrne --
5. Memory, desire, lyric : the flâneur / Catherine Nesci --
6. Social science and urban realist narrative / Stuart Culver --
7. The socio-economic outsider : labor and the poor / Bart Keunen and Luc de Droogh --
8. The urban nightspace / James R. Giles --
9. Masses, forces, and the urban sublime / Christophe den Tandt --
10. Fragment and form in the city of modernism / Arnold L. Weinstein --
11. Cities of the avant-garde / Malcolm Miles --
12. Urban dystopias / Rob Latham and Jeff Hicks --
13. Postmodern cities / Nick Bentley --
14. Colonial cities / Seth Graebner --
15. Postcolonial cities / Caroline Herbert --
16. The translated city : immigrants, diasporans, and cosmopolitans / Azade Seyhan --
17. Gay and lesbian urbanity / Gregory Woods --
18. Some versions of urban pastoral / Kevin R. McNamara and Timothy Gray.
Series Title: Cambridge companions to literature.
Other Titles: City in Literature
Responsibility: edited by Kevin R. McNamara, University of Houston-Clear Lake.
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