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The Intelligible Metropolis

Urban Mentality in Contemporary London Novels

Nora Pleßke

Beschreibung

Writings on the metropolis generally foreground illimitability, stressing thereby that the urban ultimately remains both illegible and unintelligible. Instead, the purpose of this interdisciplinary study is to demonstrate that mentality as a tool offers orientation in the urban realm. Nora Pleßke develops a model of urban mentality to be employed for cities worldwide. Against the background of the Spatial Turn, she identifies dominant urban-specific structures of London mentality in contemporary London novels, such as Monica Ali's »Brick Lane«, J.G. Ballard's »Millennium People«, Nick Hornby's »A Long Way Down«, and Ian McEwan's »Saturday«.

Beschreibung

Nora Pleßke (Dr. phil.) teaches English studies at the University of Passau. Her research interests include London literature, material culture, mentality, spatial and postcolonial theory.

Kritik

»An interesting dissection of London mentality and a competent semiotic model for 'deciphering' the city.«
Stefan A. Eick, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, 253/2 (2016)

»The Intelligible Metropolis offers an interesting dissection of London mentality and a competent semiotic model for 'deciphering' the city.«
Stefan Eick, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, 253/2 (2016)

Besprochen in:
The Literary London Journal, 12/1-2 (2015), Bettina Jansen

Inhaltsverzeichnis

  • Cover The Intelligible Metropolis
  • Contents
  • 1 Introduction
  • 1.1 Setting the Theme: Intelligibility and Legibility
  • 1.2 ‘New’ London (1997-2007)
  • 1.3 Selecting the Literary Corpus
  • 1.4 The Present State of Research
  • 1.5 Structure and Approach
  • Theory and Methodology
  • 2 Theories and Categories of Mentality
  • 3 Theories of Urbanity
  • 4 The Concept of Urban Mentality
  • 5 Methodological Implications
  • Analysis of London Mentality
  • 6 Cityscape
  • 7 Socioscape
  • 8 Idioscape
  • 9 Conclusion
  • Works Cited
  • Primary Literature
  • Further Primary Sources
  • Secondary Sources
  • Appendix: London Novels (1997-2007)
  • Index
  • Acknowledgements

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