Life in the Megalopolis
Mexico City and Sao Paulo
By (author) Lucia Sa
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Life in the Megalopolis by Lucia Sa
Book DescriptionThe modern metropolis has been called 'the symbol of our times', and life in it epitomizes, for many, modernity itself. But what to make of inherited ideas of modernity when faced with life in Mexico City and Sao Paulo, two of the largest metropolises in the world? Is their fractured reality, their brutal social contrasts, and the ever-escalating violence faced by their citizens just an intensification of what Engels described in the first in-depth analysis of an industrial metropolis, nineteenth century Manchester? Or have post-industrial and neo-globalized economies given rise to new forms of urban existence in the so-called developing world? Life in the Megalopolis: Mexico City and Sao Paulo investigates how such questions are explored in cultural productions from these two Latin American megalopolises, the focus being on literature, film popular music, and visual arts. This book combines close readings of works with a constant reference to theoretical, anthropological and social studies of these two cities, and builds on received definitions of the concept megalopolis Life in the Megalopolis is the first book to combine urban-studies theories (particularly Lefebvre, Harvey, and de Certeau) with Benjaminian cultural analyses, and theoretical discussions with close-readings of recent cultural works in various media. It is also the first book to compare Mexico City and Sao Paulo.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415392723
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lucia Sa
Amazon, Paperback (October 2006)
Eight essays by Euclides da Cunha, author of Os Sertoes, about his trip through the Amazon in 1905, written to bring to life the Brazilian hinterlands to the urban citizens.
Rain Forest Literatures, Paperback (May 2004)» View all books by Lucia Sa
A redrawing of the lineage of Brazilian and Spanish-American literatures, this book advocates an understanding of the relationships between cultures as a process of "transculturation" rather than "acculturation"-a process that emphasizes the often- ignored impact of the peripheral culture on the one that assumes.
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Author Biography - Lucia Sa
Lucia Sa is Professor of Brazilian Cultural Studies at the University of Manchester
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