Lost in the American City

Dickens, James, and Kafka

  • Authors
  • Jeremy Tambling

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 199-234

About this book


In Lost in the American City , Jeremy Tambling looks at European reactions to America and American cities in the nineteenth-century. Dickens visited America in 1842 and his American Notes and Martin Chuzzlewit set the agenda for future discussions of America. Lost in the American City looks at the Dickens legacy through Henry James in The American Scene , through H.G. Wells in The Future in America , and through Kafka, whose novel America (or The Man Who Was Never Heard of Again ) tried to re-write Dickens. Lost in the American City explores the changes in American nineteenth century urban culture which made America so different and so impossible to map for the European, and which made American modernity so unreadable and challenging.


Charles Dickens culture Henry James novel

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