By Gillian Jein
Ever on account that people first travelled, towns have constituted vital fabric and literary locations. whereas town has shaped a key subject matter for students of literary fiction, guests’ writings at the western urban were a little ignored through commute reports. even if, commute writing with its realization to distinction presents a wealthy resource for the examine of representational techniques and strategies in sleek city space.
Beginning on the Crystal Palace in 1851 and finishing up within the skyscrapers of NYC, this booklet analyses the writings of lesser-known in addition to canonical French trip writers, together with Paul Morand, Jean-Paul Sartre, Georges Perec and Jean Baudrillard. Tracing the paintings of those writers in London and big apple from 1851 to the Eighties, it contributes to a physique of labor that analyses commute and commute writing past the Anglophone context, and engages in questions relating the French mind's eye of attainable meanings for all times within the glossy urban. one of many crucial tenets of the ebook is that, within the method its areas are deliberate, encountered and represented, town is lively in formulating identities, whereas the book’s guiding query is how research of French commute writing permits us to discover the multiplicity of city modernities by means of enticing with the old and cultural variations inner to ‘the West’.
Bringing jointly the strands of idea, context and poetic research, the e-book treats of commute writing as a spatial perform, one who engages representations of city house in questions of nationality, strength and legibility. during this method, it opens avenues for the exploration of city modernity from a place of alterity, wherein substitute ingenious geographies of the town come into view.
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Alternative Modernities in French Travel Writing: Engaging Urban Space in London and New York, 1851–1986 (Anthem Studies in Travel) by Gillian Jein