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Author Alter, Robert.

Title Imagined cities : urban experience and the language of the novel / Robert Alter
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 175 pages) : illustrations
Contents Flaubert--the demise of the spectator -- Flaubert--urban poetics -- Dickens--the realism of metaphor -- Dickens--intimations of apocalypse -- Bely--phantasmatic city -- Woolf--urban pastoral -- Joyce--metropolitan shuffle -- Kafka--suspicion and the city
Summary A literary investigation of how the modern metropolis--intoxicating, disturbing, powerful--changed perceptions and irrevocably altered the Western imagination. Alter traces the arc of literary development triggered by the runaway growth of urban centers from the early nineteenth century through the first two decades of the twentieth. As new technologies and arrangements of public and private space changed the ways people experienced time and space, the urban panorama became less coherent--a metropolis defying traditional representation and definition, a vast jumble of shifting fragments and glimpses--and writers were compelled to create new methods for conveying the experience of the city. In interpretations of novels by Flaubert, Dickens, Bely, Woolf, Joyce, and Kafka, Alter reveals the ways the city entered the literary imagination.--From publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Cities and towns in literature.
European fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
European fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004026801
ISBN 0300108028 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
0300127073 (electronic bk.)
9780300108026 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
9780300127072 (electronic bk.)