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The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and the City

Editors: Tambling, Jeremy (Ed.)

  • Represents the most substantial, comprehensive handbook in literary urban studies
  • Editor is a well-known and widely-respected nineteenth-century scholar who has published extensively on cities and urban studiesAppeal to film and cultural studies scholars as well as urban studies scholars, in addition to literary studies
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About this book

This book is about the impact of literature upon cities world-wide, and cities upon literature. It examines why the city matters so much to contemporary critical theory, and why it has inspired so many forms of writing which have attempted to deal with its challenges to think about it and to represent it. Gathering together 40 contributors who look at different modes of writing and film-making in throughout the world, this handbook asks how the modern city has  engendered so much theoretical consideration, and looks at cities and their literature from China to Peru, from New York to Paris, from London to Kinshasa. It looks at some of the ways in which modern cities – whether capitals, shanty-towns, industrial or ‘rust-belt’ – have forced themselves on people’s ways of thinking and writing.

About the authors

Jeremy Tambling has been Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong and at the University of Manchester, UK; and is author of over twenty books on literary and cultural theory, many engaged with cities and urban theory.

Reviews

“The relationship between literature and the city is a Gordian knot, that becomes more tangled the more the critic tries to unpick it. Rather than slicing through it, this ambitious collection of essays instead catalogues its dimensions, ranging far beyond the familiar studies of European and Ameriacan cities into Latin America, Africa, and Asia. With essays on Brasília, Lagos, Beiruit, and Tokyo, as well as Lisbon and Vienna, the result is a fascinating, almost encyclopaedic, account of urban literature on a scale that no one else has yet attempted.” (Scott McCracken, Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Table of contents (49 chapters)

  • Prologue: City-Theory and Writing, in Paris and Chicago: Space, Gender, Ethnicity

    Tambling, Jeremy

    Pages 1-22

  • Modern Urban Theory and the Study of Literature

    Finch, Jason

    Pages 27-44

  • Theorists of the Postmodern, Global, and Digital City

    Smith, J. A.

    Pages 45-57

  • Walter Benjamin and The Arcades Project

    Moore, Ben

    Pages 59-73

  • ‘How Did the Everyday Manage to Become So Interesting?’

    Bown, Alfie

    Pages 75-87

Buy this book

eBook £128.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54911-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £160.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54910-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and the City
Editors
  • Jeremy Tambling
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54911-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54911-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54910-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 863
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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