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The city is the most distinctive product of modernity, but it is also its most unruly. How do we approach a culture that is both physical and imaginary, that has moulded concrete and asphalt as well as movies and novels? Cityscapes provides an innovative approach to the modern city. By arguing that the most distinctive aspect of urban life is the varied, and often conflicting, rhythms of the city, this book sets out to find ways of registering the dynamic complexity of the city. Using a range of cultural forms Cityscapes spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, finding vivid examples of urban movements in Edgar Allan Poe's London, in Parisian departments stores, in colonial and anti-colonial Algiers, in the North American cities of recent detective fiction, and in the virtual city of The Matrix.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333929346
ISBN-10: 0333929349
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 7-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ben Highmore

BEN HIGHMORE is Senior Lecturer in the School of Cultural and Media Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. He is the author of Everyday Life and Cultural Theory: An Introduction (Routledge 2002) and editor of The Everyday Life Reader (Routledge, 2002).

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