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Secondary Reading

Selected General Bibliography


Starred items are particularly recommended.




Urban Space in the Modernity Debates


*Berman, Marshall. All That is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity (Verso, 1983).

Bocock, Robert and Kenneth Thompson. Social and Cultural Forms of Modernity (Polity, 1996).Ch 9.

Caws, Mary Ann. City Images: Perspectives from Literature, Philosophy and Film (Gordon and Breach, 1991)

*De Certeau, Michel. "Walking in the City" in The Practice of Everyday Life (U California P, 1984), Ch 7.

Clark, T.J. The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers (Knopf, 1985).

Gregory, Derek. Geographical Imaginations (Blackwell, 1994). Chapters 3, 5.

Harvey, David. Consciousness and The Urban Experience (Johns Hopkins U P, 89)

*------------------. The Condition of Postmodernity (Blackwell, 1989). Ch 1.

Donald, James. Imagining the Modern City (U Minnesota P, 1999).

Lehan, Richard. The City in Literature: An Intellectual and Cultural History (U California P, 1998)

Lefebvre. Henri. The Production of Space, tr. Donald Smith (Blackwell 1991), 1-228.

*Simmel, Georg. "The Metropolis and Mental Life" ( 1903-3) in The Sociology of Georg Simmel, trans. Kurt H. Wolff (The Free Press, 1950)

Sutcliffe, Anthony, ed. Metropolis: 1890-1940 (RKP, 1984)

Watson, Sophie and Katherine Gibson (eds). Postmodern Cities and Spaces (Blackwell, 1995)

Thacker, Andrew. Moving through Modernity, Ch1.

Tester, Keith (ed), The Flaneur (Routledge, 1994) Chapters by Ferguson and Jenks.


Modernism and the City


*Bradbury, Malcolm & James McFarlane (eds). Modernism: A Guide to European Literature, 1890- 1930 (Penguin, 1991). Ch.3. 'A Geography of Modernism'.

Britzolakis, Christina. "Phantasmagoria: Walter Benjamin and the Poetics of Urban Modernism" in Peter Buse & Andrew Stott (eds), Ghosts: Marxism Deconstruction History (Macmillan, 1998), 72-91.

Butler, Christopher. Early Modernism: Literature, Music and Painting in Europe 1900-1916 (1994), esp. Ch 4 'The City', pp.133-208, and Ch.5, 'London and the Reception of Modernist Ideas', pp.208-39

Brooker, Peter. Modernity and Metropolis: Writing, Film and Urban Formations (Palgrave, 2002)

Carey, John. The Intellectuals and the Masses: Pride and Prejudice among the Literary Intelligentsia, 1880-1939 (Faber, 1992)

*Williams, Raymond. "Metropolitan Perceptions and the Emergence of Modernism" in The Politics of Modernism (Verso, 1989),37-48. Also rpt. in Timms and Kelley, Unreal City, 13-24

*-------------------------. The Country and the City (Frogmore: St Albans, 1975). See especially Ch.20.

Reilly, Jim. 'The Novel as Art Form' in Clive Bloom, (ed) Literature and Culture in Modern Britain, Vol. 1 (Longman, 1993) Useful introductory discussion of modernist fiction and urban modernity.

Rignall, John. Realist Fiction and the Strolling Spectator (Routledge, 1992).

*Thacker, Andrew, Moving Through Modernity (Palgrave)

Timms, Edward and David Kelley, eds. Unreal City: Urban Experience in Modern European Literature and Art (Manchester U P, 1985).

Beaumont, Matthew. 'Modernism and the Urban Imaginary: Spectacle and Introspection,’ in The Cambridge History of Modernism, ed. Vincent Sherry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 220-34.


Introductions to Modernism:

*Armstrong, Timothy. Modernism: A Cultural History (Polity).

Kolokotroni, Vassiliki, Olga Taxidou and Jane Goldman (eds). Modernisms (Edinburgh UP, 1998).

Nicholls, Peter. Modernisms: A Literary Guide (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1990)

Conrad, Peter. Modern Times, Modern Places (London: Thames and Hudson, 1998)

Levenson, Michael, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Modernism (Cambridge: C.U.P., 1999)

Brooker, Peter (ed). Modernism lPostmodernism (Longman)

Booth, Howard, ed. Modernism and Empire (MUP, 2000)

Moretti, Franco. Signs Taken for Wonders (Verso, 1988).

*Stevenson, Randall. Modernist Fiction


Modernism, Urban Space and Femininity


Bowlby, Rachel. Just Looking: Consumer Culture in Dreiser, Gissing and Zola (London: Methuen, 1985)

Buck-Morss, Susan. "The Flaneur, the Sandwichman and the Whore", New German Critique 39 (Special Issue on Walter Benjamin), Fall, 99-140.

Wolff, Janet. "The Invisible Flaneuse: Women and the Literature of Modernity", Theory, Culture and Society 2,3 (1985), 37-48. Rpt in Feminine Sentences: Essays on Women and Culture (U California P, 1990), 34-50

Gilman, Sander. "Black Bodies, White Bodies: Towards an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late 19th Century Art, Medicine and Literature in Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (ed.). 'Race’, Writing and Difference (Columbia UP, 1989),223-61. On the prostitute as a racially liminal figure.

Huyssen, Andreas. After the Great Divide: Modernism, Mass Culture and Postmodernism (Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1988). Ch 3..

Parsons, Deborah C. Streetwalking the Metropolis: Women, the City and Modernity (OUP, March 2000). Discusses Richardson, Woolf, Rhys, Barnes.

Pollock, Griselda. "Modernity and the Spaces of Femininity" in Vision and Difference: Femininity, Feminism and the Histories of Art (Routledge, 1988)

Swanson, Gillian. "'Drunk with the Glitter': Consuming Spaces and Sexual Geographies" in Sophie Watson and Katherine Gibson (eds). Postmodern Cities and Spaces (Blackwell, 1985)

Felski, Rita. The Gender of Modernity (Harvard UP, 1995).

Wilson, Elizabeth. 'The Invisible Flaneur' in Sophie Watson and Katherine Gibson (eds), Postmodern Cities and Spaces (Blackwell, 1995), 59-79.