The Demographic Imagination and the Nineteenth-Century City: Paris, London, New York (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture)

The Demographic Imagination and the Nineteenth-Century City: Paris, London, New York (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture)

Nicholas Daly


during this provocative booklet, Nicholas Daly tracks the cultural results of the inhabitants explosion of the 19th century, the 'demographic transition' to the trendy global. because the crowded towns of Paris, London and manhattan went via comparable modifications, a collection of shared narratives and pictures of city lifestyles circulated between them, together with fantasies of city disaster, crime dramas, and stories of haunted public shipping, refracting the hell that's other folks. within the visible arts, sentimental style photographs seemed that condensed the city plenty right into a handful of susceptible figures: newsboys and flower-girls. on the finish of the century, proto-ecological tales emerge in regards to the sprawling urban as itself a destroyer. This full of life research excavates a few of the origins of our personal overseas pop culture, from noir visions of the town as a locus of crime, to utopian pictures of power and neighborhood.

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