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Restless Cities (Paperback)

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The metropolis is a site of endless making and unmaking. From the attempt to imagine a city-symphony to the cinematic tradition that runs from Walter Ruttmann to Terence Davies, "Restless Cities" traces the idiosyncratic character of the metropolitan city from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first-century megalopolis. With explorations of phenomena including nightwalking, urbicide, property, commuting and recycling, this wide-ranging new book identifies and traces the patterns that have defined everyday life in the modern city and its effect on us as individuals. Bringing together some of the most significant cultural writers of our time, from Iain Sinclair, Chris Petit and Geoff Dyer to Esther Leslie, Marshall Berman, and Patrick Keiller, "Restless Cities" is an illuminating, revelatory journey to the heart of our metropolitan world. Contributors include: Matthew Beaumont, Marshall Berman, Kaisa Boddy, Iain Borden, Rachel Bowlby, Gregory Dart, Geoff Dyer, Patrick Keiller, Esther Leslie, Michael Newton, Chris Petit, Michael Sayeau, Michael Sheringham, Iain Sinclair, David Trotter and Mark W. Turner.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsUrban communitiesTravel & MapsTravel writing Publisher: Verso Books Publication Date: 28/04/2010 ISBN-13: 9781844674053  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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MATTHEW BEAUMONT is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at University College, London. His books include Utopia Ltd. and the edited collection As Radical as Reality Itself. He is currently editing a book of interviews with Terry Eagleton for Verso. GREGORY DART is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at University College London. Among his books are Rousseau, Robespierre and English Romanticism and Unrequited Love: On Stalking and Being Stalked. He is currently writing a book on the art and literature of the early nineteenth century city. GREGORY DART is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at University College London. Among his books are Rousseau, Robespierre and English Romanticism and Unrequited Love: On Stalking and Being Stalked. He is currently writing a book on the art and literature of the early nineteenth century city.

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This is a thought provoking collection of essays on the (post)modern city drawing on contemporary urban theories. Benjamin, Debord, Lefebvre, de Certeau, and so on are repeatedly referred to by the contributers. The essays are thematically arranged (Archiving, Imaging, Inhabiting, etc.) with each essay exploring one aspect of the urban experience. Many of the authors discuss film and literature thus reinforcing the idea that the city gains its meanings not only from its architecture and space but also from its representation in the arts.

- 06/11/2012
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