The Materiality of Literary Narratives in Urban History

C2 Edited book


Internal Authors/Editors


Publication Details

List of Authors: Lieven Ameel, Jason Finch, Silja Laine, Richard Dennis
Editors: Lieven Ameel, Jason Finch, Silja Laine, Richard Dennis
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Title of series: The Materiality of Literary Narratives in Urban History
Number in series: 5
ISBN: 9780367343293
eISBN: 978042932505


Abstract

The Materiality of Literary Narratives in Urban History
explores a variety of geographical and cultural contexts to examine
what literary texts, grasped as material objects and reflections on
urban materialities, have to offer for urban history.

The contributing writers’ approach to literary narratives and
materialities in urban history is summarised within the
conceptualisation ‘materiality in/of literature’: the way in which
literary narratives at once refer to the material world and actively
partake in the material construction of the world. This book takes a
geographically multipolar and multidisciplinary approach to discuss
cities in the UK, the US, India, South Africa, Finland, and France
whilst examining a wide range of textual genres from the novel to
cartoons, advertising copy, architecture and urban planning, and
archaeological writing. In the process, attention is drawn to narrative
complexities embedded within literary fiction and to the dialogue
between narratives and historical change.



The Materiality of Literary Narratives in Urban History
has three areas of focus: literary fiction as form of urban materiality,
literary narratives as social investigations of the material city, and
the narrating of silenced material lives as witnessed in various
narrative sources.


Keywords

literary urban studies, Materiality (historical and cultural studies), Urban history

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