By Gillian Jein
Ever given that humans first travelled, towns have constituted vital fabric and literary locations. whereas town has shaped a key subject matter for students of literary fiction, visitors’ writings at the western urban were just a little overlooked via go back and forth experiences. besides the fact that, trip writing with its realization to distinction offers a wealthy resource for the learn of representational techniques and strategies in glossy city space.
Beginning on the Crystal Palace in 1851 and finishing up within the skyscrapers of NYC, this e-book 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 ny from 1851 to the Eighties, it contributes to a physique of labor that analyses trip 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 smooth urban. one of many relevant tenets of the publication is that, within the manner its areas are deliberate, encountered and represented, the town is energetic 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 via attractive with the ancient and cultural transformations inner to ‘the West’.
Bringing jointly the strands of idea, context and poetic research, the e-book treats of trip writing as a spatial perform, person who engages representations of city house in questions of nationality, energy and legibility. during this approach, it opens avenues for the exploration of city modernity from a place of alterity, wherein replacement imaginitive geographies of 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