Academic journal article Studies in the Humanities

"Cinematic and Literary Cityscapes as Discursive Node and Character in Globalism"

Academic journal article Studies in the Humanities

"Cinematic and Literary Cityscapes as Discursive Node and Character in Globalism"

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This special thematic double issue of Studies in the Humanities on the subject of cityscape as discursive node and character, examines the literary, dramatic, cinematic, and cultural studies "remapping" of the cityscape and its emergence as character as a form of registering the changed metropolitan city in globalism. The changes that have been wrought in the urban experience of space, time, identity, locality, and subjective imaginary, have resulted in the increasing appearance of the global cityscape virtually as character in cultural studies discussions, drama, poetry, literature, film and documentary.

Some of the issues addressed in the emergence of the globalized city include readings of the altered city: through Deleuze's cinema theory to explore the way globalization reterritorializes urban communities and revises class, ethnic, and gender hierarchies in the emerging digital economy of the "American City":; how multi-thread narrative structure represents the complexities of the turn-of-the-century American city; the heterogeneous and dynamic facet of the American city which cannot guarantee the assimilation of the dislocated American Indians in Harjo's poetry; the connection between the notions of 'minority space' and its colonial 'hangers-on' and its contestations in Derridean ideas of hospitality in the postcolonial city; the treatment of London as it contributes to the development in the twentieth-century of the professional ideal and a new national imaginary; Rhys use of a London gothic tradition as an allusive map for retrieving a marginalized colonial perspective by reimagining canonical space to voice protest against imperial authority; the artistic milieu of mid-century New York as the site for drawing the crucial connection between Deleuze's understanding of time-image cinema's any-space whatever and Henri Lefebvre's theory of the production of space in both dominant and subversive "remappings" of the cityscape from late modernity to postmodernity; and lastly what happens to the material and imaginary cityscapes of the "world street" and the "via fera" in nineteenth-century European city after the nineteenth century, both in their imperial and post-colonial manifestations. …

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