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The intelligible metropolis : urban mentality in contemporary London novels

Author: Nora Plesske
Publisher: Bielefeld : Transcript, 2014.
Dissertation: doctoral Universität, Passau 2012
Series: Lettre (Transcript (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Writings on the metropolis generally foreground illimitability, stressing thereby that the urban ultimately remains both illegible and unintelligible. Against the background of the Spatial Turn, she  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Plesske, Nora.
Intelligible metropolis
(OCoLC)889706279
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nora Plesske
ISBN: 9783839426722 3839426723 1322079447 9781322079448
OCLC Number: 899211689
Description: 1 online resource (574 pages) : some color illustrations.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction --
1.1. Setting the Theme: Intelligibility and Legibility --
1.2. 'New' London (1997 --
2007) --
1.3. Selecting the Literary Corpus --
1.4. Present State of Research --
1.5. Structure and Approach --
Theory and Methodology --
2. Theories and Categories of Mentality --
2.1. Definition of Mentality --
2.1.1. History of Mentalities --
2.1.2. Historical and Contemporary Social Constructions of Reality --
2.1.3. Mentality as Organon and Rhizome --
2.2. Determinants of Mentality --
2.2.1. Collectivity and Collective Mentality --
2.2.2. Time and Temporal Mentality --
2.2.3. Space and Spatial Mentality --
2.2.4. Collective Space-Time Compressions --
2.3. Concept of Mentality --
3. Theories of Urbanity --
3.1. City and Urbanity --
3.1.1. Definition of the City --
3.1.2. Urbanity as the Metropolitan Way of Life --
3.1.3. Metamorphosis of the City and Transformation of Urbanity --
3.2. Urban Theoretical Approaches to Mentalities --
3.2.1. Georg Simmel's Sociology of Modern Urbanity --
3.2.2. Chicago School of Urban Sociology --
3.2.3. New Urban Political Economy and City Culture --
3.2.4. Contemporary City and Postmodern Urbanity --
4. Concept of Urban Mentality --
4.1. Ambivalences of Urban-Generic Mentality --
4.1.1. City and Country --
4.1.2. Public and Private --
4.1.3. Sociability and Anomie --
4.1.4. Heterogeneity and Homogeneity --
4.1.5. Familiarity and Strangeness --
4.1.6. Community and Individualism --
4.1.7. Indifference and Involvement --
4.1.8. Apathy and Vigilance --
4.2. Factors of Influence on Urban-Specific Mentality --
4.2.1. Culture --
4.2.2. Imaginary --
4.2.3. Image --
4.2.4. Text --
4.2.5. Narrative --
4.2.6. Atmosphere --
4.2.7. Emotion --
4.2.8. Identity --
4.3. Model of Urban Mentality --
5. Methodological Implications --
5.1. Methodological Approaches to Mentality --
5.1.1. Quantitative and Qualitative Methods --
5.1.2. Literary and Cultural Studies and the Concept of Mentalities --
5.1.3. Narratological Approaches --
5.2. Spatio-Narratological Analysis of Mentality --
5.2.1. Literary Topographies --
5.2.2. Boundaries --
5.2.3. Chronotopes --
5.2.4. Metaphors --
Analysis of London Mentality --
6. Cityscape --
6.1. Public and Private --
6.1.1. Interpenetrations of Public and Private Drama --
6.1.2. Private Dereliction and Public Regeneration --
6.1.3. Enclosed Privacies in the Global City --
6.1.4. Public 'Aparthide' and Search for Intimacy --
6.1.5. Isolationist Structures of Mentality --
6.2. Underground London --
6.2.1. Isotopic, Utopic, and Heterotopic Space --
6.2.2. Subterranean Sociability --
6.2.3. Metropolitan (Un)Conscious --
6.2.4. Deep Collective Space-Time Compressions --
6.2.5. Subterranean Structures of Mentality --
6.3. Navigating the Flux --
6.3.1. Mapping the Metropolis --
6.3.2. Touring the Streets of London --
6.3.3. Sensing the City --
6.3.4. Apprehending Urbanity --
6.3.5. (Sub)Textual Structures of Mentality --
6.4. Palimpsestuous City --
6.4.1. Historical Layering --
6.4.2. Psychogeographical Tracing --
6.4.3. Socio-Cultural Re-Con-Textualisation --
6.4.4. Intertextual Writing --
6.4.5. Hypertextual Simulation --
6.4.6. Palimpsestuous Structures of Mentality --
7. Socioscape --
7.1. Urban Sociability --
7.1.1. Networks of Human Interrelation --
7.1.2. Urban Islands of Loneliness --
7.1.3. Metropolitan Voids and Millennial Anomie --
7.1.4. Transcultural Contact Zones --
7.1.5. Mental Structures of Relational Fluidity --
7.2. London Metropolarities --
7.2.1. Urban Middle-Class Crisis --
7.2.2. (Un)Homely Cosmopolis --
7.2.3. Gendered (Dis)Orientations --
7.2.4. Urban Pariah --
7.2.5. Mental Structures of Deviation --
8. Idioscape --
8.1. City and the Citizen --
8.1.1. Identityscape and Performativity --
8.1.2. Bodyscape and Psychasthenia --
8.1.3. Mindscape and Screening --
8.1.4. Hypertrophic Structures of Mentality --
8.2. Urban State of Mind --
8.2.1. Simulated Anxiousness --
8.2.2. Spectres of Terror --
8.2.3. Millennial Apocalyptic Visions --
8.2.4. Terror Structures of Mentality --
9. Conclusion --
Works Cited --
Primary Literature --
Further Primary Sources --
Secondary Sources.
Series Title: Lettre (Transcript (Firm))
Responsibility: Nora Plesske.

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An interesting dissection of London mentality and a competent semiotic model for 'deciphering' the city. Stefan A. Eick, Archiv f r das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, 253/2 (2016) The Read more...

 
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