Reading the Modern Urban Novel
By (author) Hana Wirth-Nesher
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City Codes by Hana Wirth-Nesher
Book DescriptionCity Codes is a study of the representation of the city in the modern novel that takes difference as its point of departure, so that cities are read according to the cultural and social position of the urbanite. These urban narratives are analysed in the context of a cultural repertoire of city codes, from the architectural features of window and street to the social and historical signs of the landmark and the passer-by, with the emphasis on the subject's construction of his or her place as shaped by history, politics, nationality, gender, class and race. The study moves from boundaries inscribed onto the cityscape to distances experienced by the city dwellers; its 'real' and textual cities are Warsaw, Jerusalem, New York, Chicago, Paris, London and Dublin. The novels discussed are by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Amos Oz, Theodore Dreiser, Ralph Ellison, Henry James, Henry Roth, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521473149
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jan-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Hana Wirth-Nesher
Cambridge History of Jewish American Literature, Hardback (November 2015)
This History presents a comprehensive history of Jewish American literature from its origins to the present day.
Call it English, Paperback (October 2008)
Identifies the distinctive voice of Jewish American literature by recovering the multilingual Jewish culture that Jews brought to the United States in their creative encounter with English. This book traces the evolution of Yiddish and Hebrew in modern Jewish American prose writing through dialect and accent, and cross-cultural translations.
City Codes, Paperback (February 2008)
This is a study of the representation of the city in the modern novel.
Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature, Paperback (June 2003)» View all books by Hana Wirth-Nesher
The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature discusses Jewish American literature in relation to ethnicity, religion, politics, and race.
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