By Gyan Prakash
Dystopic imagery has figured prominently in sleek depictions of the city panorama. the town is usually portrayed as a terrifying global of darkness, obstacle, and disaster. Noir Urbanisms strains the background of the trendy urban via its severe representations in paintings, cinema, print journalism, literature, sociology, and structure. It makes a speciality of visible sorts of dystopic representation--because the historical past of the trendy urban is inseparable from the construction and stream of images--and examines their strengths and bounds as city criticism.
participants discover dystopic photos of the fashionable urban in Germany, Mexico, Japan, India, South Africa, China, and the USA. Their issues comprise Weimar representations of city dystopia in Fritz Lang's 1927 movie city ; Nineteen Sixties modernist structure in Mexico urban; Hollywood movie noir of the Forties and Fifties; the ordinary fictional destruction of Tokyo in postwar Japan's sci-fi doom tradition; the city fringe in Bombay cinema; fictional explorations of city dystopia in postapartheid Johannesburg; and Delhi's out-of-control and media-saturated urbanism within the Eighties and Nineties. What emerges in Noir Urbanisms is the unsettling and disorienting alchemy among darkish representations and the trendy city experience.
as well as the editor, the participants are David R. Ambaras, James Donald, Rub?n Gallo, Anton Kaes, Ranjani Mazumdar, Jennifer Robinson, Mark Shiel, Ravi Sundaram, William M. Tsutsui, and Li Zhang.
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