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Literary Second Cities

Editors: Finch, Jason, Ameel, Lieven, Salmela, Markku (Eds.)

  • Looks at the underexamined phenomena of the 'second city'
  • Crosses linguistic and disciplinary boundaries with contributions from a variety of areas
  • Looks at cities and literature very much in their historical contexts, bringing together discussions of early modern cities with reflections on the contemporary moment
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About this book

This book brings together geographers and literary scholars in a series of engagements near the boundaries of their disciplines. In urban studies, disproportionate attention has been given to a small set of privileged ‘first’ cities. This volume problematizes the dominance of such alpha cities, offering a wide perspective on ‘second cities’ and their literature. The volume is divided into three themed sections. ‘In the Shadow of the Alpha City’ problematizes the image of cities defined by their function and size, bringing out the contradictions and contestations inherent in cultural productions of second cities, including Birmingham and Bristol in the UK, Las Vegas in the USA, and Tartu in Estonia. ‘Frontier Second Cities’ pays attention to the multiple and trans-national pasts of second cities which occupy border zones, with a focus on Narva, in Estonia, and Turkish/Kurdish Diyarbakir. The final section, ‘The Diffuse Second City’, examines networks the diffuse secondary city made up of interlinked small cities, suburban sprawl and urban overspill, with literary case studies from Italy, Sweden, and Finland.

About the authors

Jason Finch is Assistant Professor in English Language and Literature at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Previously published works include Deep Locational Criticism: Imaginative Place in Literary Research and Teaching and E.M. Forster and English Place: A Literary Topography.

Lieven Ameel is Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Tampere, Finland.  Previously published works include Helsinki in Early Twentieth-Century Literature: Urban Experiences in Finnish Prose Fiction 1890-1940, and Language, Space and Power: Urban Entanglements (ed.).

Markku Salmela is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Tampere, Finland. Previously published works include Paul Auster's Spatial Imagination and The Grotesque and the Unnatural (ed.).

Reviews

“Setting ‘second’ cities first, this is an impressive and timely reminder that complex literary cultures exist in many locations beyond more familiar metropolitan capitals.  In a set of exciting interdisciplinary essays Literary Second Cities reminds us of the distinctive character of urban life as conceptualised by writers exploring cities such as Birmingham, Las Vegas, or Narva.  This volume is thus a brilliant and original addition to the growing body of work on urban literary studies.”  (Professor Andrew Thacker, Department of English, Nottingham Trent University)

“Urban literary studies has understandably focused attention on certain major, global cities -- London, Paris, New York, Tokyo -- haut lieux that dominate the spatial imagination. But what of the second cities, smaller, less revered, but perhaps more representative of urban life in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries? The essays in Literary Second Cities address this blind spot by analysing the distinctive space and character of these ’secondary’ places. This is a vital and necessary collection.” (Professor Robert T. Tally Jr., Department of English, Texas State University)

“This volume will appeal to those with an interest in writing on city spaces that are off the beaten paths of world literature. Through its focus on ‘secondariness’ it highlights the importance of social and cultural phenomena that tend to emerge outside of and in tension with centers of power, phenomena that demonstrate the ongoing need for the kinds of representational reconfigurations and interpretive insights that give literary discourse its special power over the real.” (Professor Eric Prieto, French and Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara)

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-62719-9
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-62718-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Literary Second Cities
Editors
  • Jason Finch
  • Lieven Ameel
  • Markku Salmela
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62719-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62719-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62718-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 267
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
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