The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and the City

  • Jeremy Tambling

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The City in Theory

  3. European Cities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-91
    2. Daniel Bristow
      Pages 93-109
    3. Jason Finch
      Pages 127-146
    4. Jonathan White
      Pages 147-163
    5. Ulrike Zitzlsperger
      Pages 165-182
    6. Paul Fung
      Pages 183-195
    7. Aitor Bikandi-Meijas, Paul Vita
      Pages 215-231
    8. Daniel Bristow
      Pages 233-243
    9. Jeremy Tambling
      Pages 245-259
    10. David Spurr
      Pages 261-276
  4. North American Cities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-282
    2. Markku Salmela, Lieven Ameel
      Pages 317-332
  5. Latin American Cities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-336
    2. David William Foster
      Pages 355-368
    3. Fernando Rivera
      Pages 379-393
    4. Sophia Beal
      Pages 395-406
    5. Leila Lehnen
      Pages 407-417
    6. Leila Lehnen
      Pages 433-445
    7. David William Foster
      Pages 461-474
  6. African Cities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 475-479
    2. Alastair Niven
      Pages 481-497
    3. Ahmed Elbeshlawy
      Pages 499-509
    4. Louis James
      Pages 511-518
    5. Patrick Williams
      Pages 527-544
    6. Marita Wenzel
      Pages 545-565
  7. Asian Cities

About this book


This book is about the impact of literature upon cities world-wide, and cities upon literature. It examines why the city matters so much to contemporary critical theory, and why it has inspired so many forms of writing which have attempted to deal with its challenges to think about it and to represent it. Gathering together 40 contributors who look at different modes of writing and film-making in throughout the world, this handbook asks how the modern city has  engendered so much theoretical consideration, and looks at cities and their literature from China to Peru, from New York to Paris, from London to Kinshasa. It looks at some of the ways in which modern cities – whether capitals, shanty-towns, industrial or ‘rust-belt’ – have forced themselves on people’s ways of thinking and writing.


Space Subjectivity World Postmodernism Postcolonialism

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeremy Tambling
    • 1
  1. 1.LondonUnited Kingdom

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