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Glimpses of Phoenix: The Desert Metropolis in Written and Visual Media

Glimpses of Phoenix: The Desert Metropolis in Written and Visual Media (Paperback)

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Part of the self-image of Phoenix is that the city has no history and that anything of importance happened yesterday. Also that Phoenix is a ""clean"" city, though there is considerable evidence of a past of police corruption and social oppression. The ""real"" present-day Phoenix, easygoing and sun-drenched, a place of ever-expanding development and economic growth, guarantees, it is said, an enviable lifestyle, low taxes, and unfettered personal freedom and opportunity.Little of this is true. Phoenix has been described as one of the least sustainable cities in the country. The sixth largest urban area of the United States, there is an alarming superficiality in the tourism-oriented discourse of the leaders and citizens of the capital of Arizona. This study examines a series of narrative works (novels, theatre, chronicles, investigative reporting, personal accounts, editorial cartooning, even a children's television program) that question this discourse in a frequently stinging fashion. The works examined are anchored in a critical understanding of the dominant urban myths of Greater Phoenix, and an awareness of how all the newness, modernity, and fun-in-the-sun mentality mask a uniquely dystopian human experience.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArts: general issues & referenceEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: general Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Publication Date: 08/04/2013 ISBN-13: 9780786473649  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David William Foster is Regents' Professor of Spanish, women's studies, and interdisciplinary humanities at Arizona State University in Tempe, USA.

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