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Neo-victorian cities : reassessing urban politics and poetics

Author: Marie-Luise Kohlke; Christian Gutleben
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, Rodopi, 2015.
Series: Neo-Victorian series, v. 4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This volume explores the complex aesthetic, cultural, and memory politics of urban representation and reconfiguration in neo-Victorian discourse and practice. Through adaptations of traditional city tropes -- such as the palimpsest, the labyrinth, the femininised enigma, and the marketplace of desire -- writers, filmmakers, and city planners resurrect, preserve, and rework nineteenth-century metropolises and their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: (GyWOH)har150144045
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marie-Luise Kohlke; Christian Gutleben
ISBN: 9789004292345 9004292349
OCLC Number: 907226020
Description: 370 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Neo-Victorian series, v. 4.
Responsibility: edited by Marie-Luise Kohlke, Christian Gutleben.

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"This volume explores the complex aesthetic, cultural, and memory politics of urban representation and reconfiguration in neo-Victorian discourse and practice. Through adaptations of traditional city tropes -- such as the palimpsest, the labyrinth, the femininised enigma, and the marketplace of desire -- writers, filmmakers, and city planners resurrect, preserve, and rework nineteenth-century metropolises and their material traces while simultaneously Gothicising and fabricating 'past' urban realities to serve present-day wants, so as to maximise cities' potential to generate consumption and profits. Within the cultural imaginary of the metropolis, this volume contends, the nineteenth century provides a prominent focalising lens that mediates our apperception of and engagement with postmodern cityscapes. From the site of capitalist romance and traumatic lieux de mémoire to theatre of postcolonial resistance and Gothic sensationalism, the neo-Victorian city proves a veritable Proteus evoking myriad creative responses but also crystallising persistent ethical dilemmas surrounding alienation, precarity, Othering, and social exclusion"--Page [4] of cover.

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