Literatures of Urban Possibility

Literature of the city has been an important site where such engagements with possibility have been acted out. Some literary cities stage alternative futures conceivable at a specific moment in time, or stories that test the limits of ...

Literatures of Urban Possibility

This book demonstrates how city literature addresses questions of possibility. In city literature, ideas of possibility emerge primarily through two perspectives: texts may focus on what is possible for cities, and they may present the urban environment as a site of possibility for individuals or communities. The volume combines reflections on urban possibility from a range of geographical and cultural contexts—in addition to the English-speaking world, individual chapters analyse possible cities and possible urban lives in Turkey, Israel, Finland, Germany, Russia and Sweden. Moreover, by engaging with issues such as city planning, mass housing, gentrification, informal settlements and translocal identities, the book shows imaginative literature at work outlining what possibility means in cities.

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Literatures of Urban Possibility
Language: en
Pages: 281
Authors: Markku Salmela, Lieven Ameel, Jason Finch
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-05-21 - Publisher: Springer Nature

This book demonstrates how city literature addresses questions of possibility. In city literature, ideas of possibility emerge primarily through two perspectives: texts may focus on what is possible for cities, and they may present the urban environment as a site of possibility for individuals or communities. The volume combines reflections
The Palgrave Handbook of Utopian and Dystopian Literatures
Language: en
Pages: 742
Authors: Peter Marks, Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor, Fátima Vieira
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-04-16 - Publisher: Springer Nature

The Palgrave Handbook of Utopian and Dystopian Literatures celebrates a literary genre already over 500 years old. Specially commissioned essays from established and emerging international scholars reflect the vibrancy of utopian vision, and its resiliency as idea, genre, and critical mode. Covering politics, environment, geography, body and mind, and social
George Gissing and the Place of Realism
Language: en
Pages: 190
Authors: Rebecca Hutcheon
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-22 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This collection explores Gissing’s place in the narrative of fin-de-siècle literature. Together, chapters here theorise how late-Victorian spatial and generic norms are confronted, explored and performed in Gissing’s works. In addition to presenting new readings of the major novels and introducing readers to lesser-known works, the collection advocates Gissing’s importance
Time, the City, and the Literary Imagination
Language: en
Pages: 270
Authors: Anne-Marie Evans, Kaley Kramer
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-11-18 - Publisher: Springer Nature

Time, the City, and the Literary Imagination explores the relationship between the constructions and representations of the relationship between time and the city in literature published between the late eighteenth century and the present. This collection offers a new way of reading the literary city by tracing the ways in
Translocality in Contemporary City Novels
Language: en
Pages: 251
Authors: Lena Mattheis
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-04-20 - Publisher: Springer Nature

Translocality in Contemporary City Novels responds to the fact that twenty-first-century Anglophone novels are increasingly characterised by translocality—the layering and blending of two or more distant settings. Considering translocal and transcultural writing as a global phenomenon, this book draws on multidisciplinary research, from globalisation theory to the study of narratives