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The city's end : two centuries of fantasies, fears, and premonitions of New York's destruction

Author: Max Page
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2008.
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"Max Page examines the destruction fantasies created by American writers and imagemakers at various stages of New York's development. Seen in every medium from newspapers and films to novels, paintings, and computer software, such images, though disturbing, have been continuously popular. Page demonstrates with vivid examples and illustrations how each era's destruction genre has reflected the city's economic,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Max Page
ISBN: 9780300110265 030011026X
OCLC Number: 189666685
Description: 271 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 27 cm
Contents: Beauty and terror --
"Horrors were their delight" : terrifying and thrilling wars at home and invasions from abroad --
Utopian and dystopian fantasies of the "Stone Colossus" in the 1920s and 1930s --
"Falls Rome, falls the world" : atomic fears of the 1940s and 1950s --
Escape from New York : fictions of a city's decline and rebirth --
The future of the city's end : New York and its fantasies after 9/11.
Responsibility: Max Page.
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Why have Americans repeatedly imagined New York's destruction? What do the fantasies of annihilation played out in virtually every form of literature and art mean? This book investigates two  Read more...

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""The City's End" explores the imaginative and often profitable ways that filmmakers, writers, and artists have blown up, incinerated, drowned or depopulated New York City. . . . Page thoughtfully Read more...

 
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