Cartographies of New York and Other Postwar American Cities

Art, Literature and Urban Spaces

  • Monica Manolescu

Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Monica Manolescu
    Pages 1-21
  3. Monica Manolescu
    Pages 59-89
  4. Monica Manolescu
    Pages 91-128
  5. Monica Manolescu
    Pages 235-244
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 245-254

About this book


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.


urban studies spatial literary studies geocriticism mapping place cartography and place postwar American literature postwar American art postwar American architecture suburban spaces

Authors and affiliations

  • Monica Manolescu
    • 1
  1. 1.University of StrasbourgStrasbourgFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98662-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98663-0
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