Modernity and Metropolis

Writing, Film and Urban Formations

  • Peter Brooker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Peter Brooker
    Pages 1-29
  3. Peter Brooker
    Pages 30-54
  4. Peter Brooker
    Pages 55-74
  5. Peter Brooker
    Pages 75-95
  6. Peter Brooker
    Pages 96-119
  7. Peter Brooker
    Pages 162-185
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 199-230

About this book


A study of urban identity and community looks at selected twentieth century literary and film texts in the context of theorizations of modernism, postmodernism, postcoloniality and globalization. Brooker draws on Beck and Giddens to propose a 'reflexive modernism' which rewrites and re-imagines the urban scene. The principal cities considered are London and New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok. Writers considered include Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Hanif Kureishi, Iain Sinclair, Paul Auster, Sarah Schulman and William Gibson. Filmmakers include Patrick Keiller and Wong Kar-Wai.


community film globalization identity Modernism postmodernism

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Brooker
    • 1
  1. 1.University College NorthamptonUK

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