Babylon Or New Jerusalem?: Perceptions of the City in Literature
Today more than ever literature and the other arts make use of urban structures – it is in the city that the global and universal joins the local and individual.Babylon or New Jerusalem? Perceptions of the City in Literature draws a map of the concept of the city in literature and represents the major issues involved. Contributions to the volume revisit cities such as the London of Wordsworth, Dorothy Richardson and Virginia Woolf or Rilke's Paris, but also travel to the politics of power in Renaissance theatre at Ferrara and to deliberate urban erasures in post-apartheid South Africa. The texts represented range from Renaissance plays to contemporary novels and to poetry from various periods, with references to the visual arts, including film. The role of memory in contemplating the city and also specific urban metaphors developed in literature, such as boxing – the square ring – and jazz are also discussed. The transformation of cities by legislation on cemeteries, by lighting or by projects of urban renewal are the subject of articles, while others reflect on images of the city in worlds specifically forged by writers like William Blake and James Thomson. The contributors themselves live and work in many varied cities, thus representing a dynamic and real variety of critical approaches, and introducing a strong theoretical and comparative element.
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Annelise Ballegaard Petersen
Karlien van den Beukel
Deborah L Parsons
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Página 4 - COMPOSED UPON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE EARTH has not anything to show more fair: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty: This City now doth, like a garment, wear The beauty of the morning; silent, bare, Ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie Open unto the fields, and to the sky; All bright and glittering in the smokeless air. Never did sun more beautifully steep In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill; Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep! The river...
Página 5 - Of colors, lights, and forms ; the deafening din; The comers. and the goers face to face, Face after face ; the string of dazzling wares. Shop after shop, with symbols, blazoned names, And all the tradesman's honors overhead : Here, fronts of houses, like a title-page.
Página 8 - ... with so much as a glance. The brutal indifference, the unfeeling isolation of each in his private interest becomes the more repellant and offensive, the more these individuals are crowded together, within a limited space.
Página 7 - The very turmoil of the streets has something repulsive, something against which human nature rebels. The hundreds of thousands of all classes and ranks crowding past each other, are they not all human beings with the same qualities and powers, and with the same interest in being happy?
Página 11 - Schon das Straßengewühl hat etwas Widerliches, etwas, wogegen sich die menschliche Natur empört. Diese Hunderttausende von allen Klassen und aus allen Ständen, die sich da aneinander vorbeidrängen, sind sie nicht Alle Menschen, mit denselben Eigenschaften und Fähigkeiten, und mit demselben Interesse, glücklich zu werden?