THE IMAGE OF NEW YORK AS QUINTESSENCE AND UNIQUE REFLECTION OF URBAN AMERICA
LUMEN – Copyright © 2008 – Colecția DIMENSIUNI CULTURALE
FORMAT: Tipărit PAGINI: 153 LIMBA: Engleza
In its unremitting quest for the elusive destination of an ‘all-encompassing’ locus, the American city forges a panoramic view dominated by a history of diversity and cosmopolitan specificity. The breath-taking odyssey that carried the urban space from a gregarious pragmatic community, to a cultural promoter of the nation’s artistic mission and eventually, to an economic leader of the global democracy, reads as a vortex in which identities, architectural revolutions and ideological mobs joint inside the pot of America. Its ramifying story of acceptance, assimilation, rejection and stereotypy brought the city at a stage where one can only hint at the complexity that governs the metropolis’s structure in terms of democratic narrative. Indeed, growing simultaneously with the transforming conception of American freedom and pursuit of achievement, the city never stops its trajectory, becoming, instead, a centripetal force that causes both prosperity and grievous distress upon America. (Autoarea)
Domenii de interes:
- arte vizuale
- artele spectacolului
- studii culturale, britanice, americane, iudaice, islamice etc.
INTRODUCTION (pp. 7-50)
CHAPTER I (pp. 7-50) – Soft city of illusion: symbols and myths that shaped New York
From gateway of immigrants to advertising flash-signs: cropping symbols for an ever-evolving gotham-city; Freedom and individuality in the city: the identity of a new yorker; The city at night and the city of imagination.
CHAPTER II (pp. 51-92) – The hard city: urbanism and architecture in the “super star New York”
New York from razzle-dazzle lights to stylish architectural design; Personalized urbanism as trademark of the city: skyscrapers and the cult of modern appearance; The lure of the metropolis in the american imagination: heaven or dystopia.
CHAPTER III (pp. 93-130) – Cultural diversity: the city as a store house of ethnic images
Bridging identities: ethnic pluralism in the boroughs and suburbs-the New York “salad bowl”; Urban frontiers of new york: the ghetto and the reality of life spectacle; Celebrating diversity in New York and the complex fabric of creativity: subcultures and the iconic musical ethnicity.
CONCLUSIONS (pp. 131-136)
BIBLIOGRAPHY (pp. 137-148)
ANNEXES (pp. 149-151)