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Atlas : the archaeology of an imaginary city

Author: Qizhang Dong; Anders Hansson; Bonnie S McDougall
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2012.
Series: Weatherhead books on Asia.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Set in the long-lost City of Victoria (a fictional world similar to Hong Kong), this book is written from the unified perspective of future archaeologists struggling to rebuild a thrilling metropolis. It reimagines Victoria through maps and other historical documents and artifacts, mixing real-world scenarios with purely imaginary people and events while incorporating anecdotes and actual and fictional social  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dong, Qizhang, 1967-
Atlas.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2012
(OCoLC)818854420
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Qizhang Dong; Anders Hansson; Bonnie S McDougall
ISBN: 9780231161008 023116100X 0231504225 9780231504225
OCLC Number: 754105061
Description: xxxiii, 158 pages : maps ; 19 cm.
Contents: Preface: An archaeology for the future / Dung Kai-cheung --
Introduction / Bonnie S. McDougall. --
Part one. Theory: 1. Counterplace --
2. Commonplace --
3. Misplace --
4. Displace --
5. Antiplace --
6. Nonplace --
7. Extraterritoriality --
8. Biundary --
9. Utopia --
10. Supertopia --
11. Subtopia --
12. Transtopia --
13. Multitopia --
14. Unitopia --
15. Omnitopia. --
Part two. The city: 16. Mirage : city in the sea --
17. Mirage : towers in the air --
18. Pottinger's inverted vision --
19. Gordon's jail --
20. "Plan of the city of Victoria," 1889 --
21. The four wan and the nine yeuk --
22. The centaur of the east --
23. Scandal point and the military cantonment --
24. Mr. Smith's one-day trip --
25. The view from Government House --
26. The toad of Belcher's dream --
27. The return of Kwan Tai Loo --
28. The curse of Tai Ping Shan --
29. War game. --
Part three. Streets: 30. Spring garden lane --
31. Ice House Street --
32. Sugar Street --
33. Tsat Tsz Mui Road --
34. Canal Road East and Canal Road West --
35. Aldrich Street --
36. Possession Street --
37. Sycamore Street --
38. Tung Choi Street and Sai Yeung Choi Street --
39. Sai Yee Street --
40. Public Square Street --
41. Cedar Street. --
Part four. Signs: 42. The decline of the legend --
42. The eye of the typhoon --
44. Chek Lap Kok Airport --
45. The metonymic spectrum --
46. The elevation of imagination --
47. Geological discrimination --
48. North-oriented declination --
49. The travel of numbers --
50. The tomb of signs --
51. The orbit of time. --
Acknowledgments --
Author and translations.
Series Title: Weatherhead books on Asia.
Other Titles: Di tu ji.
Responsibility: by Dung Kai-cheung ; translated by Dung Kai-Cheung, Anders Hansson, and Bonnie S. McDougall.

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Set in the long-lost City of Victoria (a fictional world similar to Hong Kong), this book is written from the unified perspective of future archaeologists struggling to rebuild a thrilling metropolis. It reimagines Victoria through maps and other historical documents and artifacts, mixing real-world scenarios with purely imaginary people and events while incorporating anecdotes and actual and fictional social commentary and critique.--From book jacket.

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