ABSTRACT

From the verticals of New York, Hong Kong and Singapore to the sprawls of London, Paris and Jakarta, this interdisciplinary volume of new writing examines constructions, representations, imaginations and theorizations of 'cityscapes' in modern and contemporary culture. With specially-commissioned essays from the fields of cultural theory, architecture, film, literature, visual art and urban geography, it offers fresh insight into the increasingly complex relationship between urban space, cultural production and everyday life.

This volume draws on critical urban studies and moves beyond familiar cultural representations of the city by considering urban planning and architecture. Organized under three inter-related themes - image, text and form - essay topics range from the examination of cyberpunk skylines, pagan urbanism and the cinema of urban disaster, to the analysis of iconic city landmarks such as the twin towers, the London Eye and the Judisches Museum Berlin.

Covering a diverse range of cities, including Berlin, Chicago, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Paris, and Venice, this fantastic resource for students, scholars and researchers alike, works expertly at the intersections of visual, material, and literary culture.

chapter 1|14 pages

Revisioning Urban Space and Cityscapes

ByCHRISTOPH LINDNER

part |2 pages

Part I Image

chapter 2|21 pages

Cityscape with Ferris Wheel: Chicago, 1893

ByMARK DORRIAN

chapter 4|14 pages

New York, 9/11

ByBRIAN JARVIS

chapter 5|12 pages

The Idea of Hong Kong: Structures of Attention in the City of Life

BySTEPHANIE HEMELRYK DONALD

part |2 pages

Part II Text

chapter 6|11 pages

Paris underground: Juan Goytisolo and the ‘Situationist’ city

ByANDREW HUSSEY

chapter 8|11 pages

Reading Urban Spaces in African Texts

ByTIM WOODS

chapter 9|10 pages

Reading the illegible cityscapes of postmodern fiction

ByCAROLINE BATE

part |2 pages

Part III Form

chapter 11|18 pages

The Museum, the Street, and the Virtual Landscape of Berlin

ByJULIA NG

chapter 13|15 pages

Australia’s Gold Coast: a city producing itself

ByPATRICIA WISE

chapter 14|14 pages

Cognitive Mapping the Dispersed City

BySTEPHEN CAIRNS