Cartographies of New York and Other Postwar American Cities: Art, Literature and Urban Spaces

Cartographies of New York and Other Postwar American Cities: Art, Literature and Urban Spaces

by Monica Manolescu

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Cartographies of New York and Other Postwar American Cities: Art, Literature and Urban Spaces explores phenomena of urban mapping in the discourses and strategies of a variety of postwar artists and practitioners of space: Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, Vito Acconci, Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Smithson, Rebecca Solnit, Matthew Buckingham, contemporary Situationist projects. The distinctive approach of the book highlights the interplay between texts and site-oriented practices, which have often been treated separately in critical discussions. Monica Manolescu considers spatial investigations that engage with the historical and social conditions of the urban environment and reflect on its mediated nature. Cartographic procedures that involve walking and surveying are interpreted as unsettling and subversive possibilities of representing and navigating the postwar American city. The book posits mapping as a critical nexus that opens up new ways of studying some of the most important postwar artistic engagements with New York and other American cities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030075170
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 12/27/2018
Series: Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Monica Manolescu is Associate Professor of English at the University of Strasbourg, France. She has published a study of Vladimir Nabokov’s geographies and co-authored a companion to Lolita. She has also written articles on 20th-century and contemporary American literature and art.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Walking with Poe: “The Man of the Crowd” from text to street

The legacies of the flâneur

Vanishing point: from Poe to Buckingham

New forms of following: Poe, the metropolis and virtual communities

Chapter 3 Transitions: Happenings and beyond

Into the streets: genealogies of urban mapping

Oldenburg’s The Street and Kaprow’s Words: the city inside

Dispersed spatiality: Calling

Fluxus: drawing lines and maps

Chapter 4 Following Vito Acconci

Inside/outside: boundaries of the page

Urban nuisances: Following Piece and beyond

American gifts: home and architecture

Chapter 5 Eternal Cities: Rome/Passaic. On Robert Smithson’s

“Monuments of Passaic”

An "exploratory path": from Passaic to Rome

Cultural and geographic frames

Rome: “the rotting remains of a vanished age”

Chapter 6 Gordon Matta-Clark’s urban slivers and “word works”

In the ruins of New York

Cartographic gaps

“Word works”

Chapter 7 Cartographies and the Texture of Cities: Rebecca Solnit’s Infinite City. A San Francisco Atlas

The death and renewal of maps

Point of view and renewal

Identity and performative cartography

“The phantom of place”

The atlas as method

Chapter 8 Conclusion: “write a book to get lost”

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From the Publisher

Cartographies of New York and Other Postwar American Cities offers an original focus on intermediality, elucidating the way that language and text remain in play – become indispensible components in fact – in avant-garde representations of the city. Manolescu effectively shows how the work of the artists she identifies cannot be adequately understood without grappling with their tropes of metaphor and linguistic indeterminacy, textual fragmentation and semiotic slippage. Overall, this is an enlightening, original and erudite book that represents a significant and welcome contribution to spatial literary studies.” (Will Norman, author of Transatlantic Aliens: Modernism, Exile and Culture in Midcentury America (2016))

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