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Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies

Cartographies of New York and Other Postwar American Cities

Art, Literature and Urban Spaces

Authors: Manolescu, Monica

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  • Discusses fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in relation of urban and suburban spaces
  • Engages with debates about the evolution of cartography
  • Considers literary, artistic, and architectural works in postwar America
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Cartographies of New York and Other Postwar American Cities: Art, Literature and Urban Spaces explores phenomena of urban mapping in the discourses and strategies of a variety of postwar artists and practitioners of space: Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, Vito Acconci, Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Smithson, Rebecca Solnit, Matthew Buckingham, contemporary Situationist projects. The distinctive approach of the book highlights the interplay between texts and site-oriented practices, which have often been treated separately in critical discussions. Monica Manolescu considers spatial investigations that engage with the historical and social conditions of the urban environment and reflect on its mediated nature. Cartographic procedures that involve walking and surveying are interpreted as unsettling and subversive possibilities of representing and navigating the postwar American city. The book posits mapping as a critical nexus that opens up new ways of studying some of the most important postwar artistic engagements with New York and other American cities.


About the authors

Monica Manolescu is Associate Professor of English at the University of Strasbourg, France. She has published a study of Vladimir Nabokov’s geographies and co-authored a companion to Lolita. She has also written articles on 20th-century and contemporary American literature and art.


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Cartographies of New York and Other Postwar American Cities offers an original focus on intermediality, elucidating the way that language and text remain in play – become indispensible components in fact – in avant-garde representations of the city. Manolescu effectively shows how the work of the artists she identifies cannot be adequately understood without grappling with their tropes of metaphor and linguistic indeterminacy, textual fragmentation and semiotic slippage. Overall, this is an enlightening, original and erudite book that represents a significant and welcome contribution to spatial literary studies.” (Will Norman, author of Transatlantic Aliens: Modernism, Exile and Culture in Midcentury America (2016))


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Manolescu, Monica

    Pages 1-21

  • Walking with Poe: “The Man of the Crowd” from Text to Street

    Manolescu, Monica

    Pages 23-58

  • Transitions: Happenings and Beyond

    Manolescu, Monica

    Pages 59-89

  • Following Vito Acconci

    Manolescu, Monica

    Pages 91-128

  • Eternal Cities: Rome/Passaic. On Robert Smithson’s “Monuments of Passaic”

    Manolescu, Monica

    Pages 129-162

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eBook £47.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98663-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98662-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cartographies of New York and Other Postwar American Cities
Book Subtitle
Art, Literature and Urban Spaces
Authors
Series Title
Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98663-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98663-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98662-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 254
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations
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