Noir Urbanisms: Dystopic Images of the Modern City

Noir Urbanisms Dystopic Images of the Modern City Dystopic imagery has figured prominently in modern depictions of the urban landscape The city is often portrayed as a terrifying world of darkness crisis and catastrophe Noir Urbanisms traces the hi

  • Title: Noir Urbanisms: Dystopic Images of the Modern City
  • Author: Gyan Prakash
  • ISBN: 9780691146447
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dystopic imagery has figured prominently in modern depictions of the urban landscape The city is often portrayed as a terrifying world of darkness, crisis, and catastrophe Noir Urbanisms traces the history of the modern city through its critical representations in art, cinema, print journalism, literature, sociology, and architecture It focuses on visual forms of dystopDystopic imagery has figured prominently in modern depictions of the urban landscape The city is often portrayed as a terrifying world of darkness, crisis, and catastrophe Noir Urbanisms traces the history of the modern city through its critical representations in art, cinema, print journalism, literature, sociology, and architecture It focuses on visual forms of dystopic representation because the history of the modern city is inseparable from the production and circulation of images and examines their strengths and limits as urban criticism Contributors explore dystopic images of the modern city in Germany, Mexico, Japan, India, South Africa, China, and the United States Their topics include Weimar representations of urban dystopia in Fritz Lang s 1927 film Metropolis 1960s modernist architecture in Mexico City Hollywood film noir of the 1940s and 1950s the recurring fictional destruction of Tokyo in postwar Japan s sci fi doom culture the urban fringe in Bombay cinema fictional explorations of urban dystopia in postapartheid Johannesburg and Delhi s out of control and media saturated urbanism in the 1980s and 1990s What emerges in Noir Urbanisms is the unsettling and disorienting alchemy between dark representations and the modern urban experience In addition to the editor, the contributors are David R Ambaras, James Donald, Ruben Gallo, Anton Kaes, Ranjani Mazumdar, Jennifer Robinson, Mark Shiel, Ravi Sundaram, William M Tsutsui, and Li Zhang.
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    • nick says:

      Picking a collection book, that is to say a book with various contributors and an editor is always a risky affair. Often authors just pile their work together and leave it up to the reader to make a whole of it. Sometimes these collections work really well and get a strong message across as it combines insights and experiences from various persons with various backgrounds. Noir Urbanisms is one that falls in between, the contributions do fit well together, yet the lack of referencing to other au [...]

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