Imagined Cities: Urban Experience and the Language of the Novel

Imagined Cities: Urban Experience and the Language of the Novel

Robert Alter


In Imagined Cities, Robert modify lines the arc of literary improvement prompted via the runaway development of city facilities from the early 19th century in the course of the first twenty years of the 20th. As new applied sciences and preparations of private and non-private house replaced the methods humans skilled time and house, the city landscape turned much less coherent—a city defying conventional illustration and definition, an enormous jumble of moving fragments and glimpses—and writers have been pressured to create new equipment for conveying the adventure of the city.
In a chain of sophisticated and convincing interpretations of novels by means of Flaubert, Dickens, Bely, Woolf, Joyce, and Kafka, adjust finds the methods the town entered the literary mind's eye. He indicates how writers of various inventive temperaments constructed cutting edge suggestions to symbolize shifts in smooth cognizance. Writers sought greater than a journalistic illustration of urban residing, he argues, and to exhibit meaningfully the truth of the city, town needed to be re-created or reimagined. His e-book probes the literary reaction to altering realities of the interval and contributes considerably to our realizing of the historical past of the Western imagination.

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