Literature and the Peripheral City

Literature and the Peripheral City

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Cities have always been defined by their centrality. But literature demonstrates that their diverse peripheries define them, too: from suburbs to slums, rubbish dumps to nightclubs and entire failed cities. The essays in this collection explore urban peripheries through readings of literature from four continents, taking the reader on a journey from global urban hubs such as London and New York to Nordic capitals and cities like Santiago and Johannesburg. The book shows powerfully that peripheral areas are essential to bo th urban fiction and the identities of cities. The urban experience keeps feeding on images from the margins and hinterlands, which help cities and their parts define themselves. Without peripheries there would be no centres.SaintLazare, an AugAclike a€œnonplace, a€ designed for the now unemployed workers of a nearby Simca factory, when Simca belonged to Chrysler, as it did until 1978. The film ... simpler: an American, hiphop inspired, Spike Lee inflected film directed against the police (Vincendeau; see Konstantarakos; Taunton 130a€“8). ... Life: A Usera#39;s Manual reaccentuates the centrea€“periphery distinction in several ways.

Title:Literature and the Peripheral City
Author: Lieven Ameel, Jason Finch, Markku Salmela
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2015-05-27

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