Charting Literary Urban Studies: Texts as Models of and for the City (Hardback)Jens Martin Gurr (author)
Guided by the multifaceted relations between city and text, Charting Literary Urban Studies: Texts as Models of and for the City attempts to chart the burgeoning field of literary urban studies by outlining how texts in varying degrees function as both representations of the city and as blueprints for its future development. The study addresses questions such as these: How do literary texts represent urban complexities - and how can they capture the uniqueness of a given city? How do literary texts simulate layers of urban memory - and how can they reinforce or help dissolve path dependencies in urban development? What role can literary studies play in interdisciplinary urban research? Are the blueprints or 'recipes' for urban development that most quickly travel around the globe - such as the 'creative city', the 'green city' or the 'smart city' - really always the ones that best solve a given problem? Or is the global spread of such travelling urban models not least a matter of their narrative packaging? In answering these key questions, this book also advances a literary studies contribution to the general theory of models, tracing a heuristic trajectory from the analysis of literary texts as representations of urban developments to an analysis of literary strategies in planning documents and other pragmatic, non-literary texts.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 204
Weight: 548 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"In Charting Literary Urban Studies: Texts as Models of and for the City, Jens Gurr offers a bracing new claim for what literature and literary studies can do. More practical and strategic than the familiar analysis of the "cultural work" that literature performs, his approach suggests that narrative, in literary texts but also in the texts created as part of urban planning and development, can provide models and scripts to help us think about what cities could be. In exploring this potential, Gurr advocates for the value of the humanities, not merely to reflect or uplift human experience but to shape it." --Sherry Lee Linkon, Georgetown University
"Finally, there is a systematic overview of a field that has gained much importance in recent years. Charting Literary Urban Studies: Texts as Models of and for the City is a much-needed contribution to urban research - for students, instructors and practitioners alike." -Julia Sattler, TU Dortmund University
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