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The Cultural Identities of European Cities

by Katia Pizzi (Volume editor) Godela Weiss-Sussex (Volume editor)
©2011 Conference proceedings VI, 243 Pages
Series: Cultural Identity Studies, Volume 16

Summary

Cities are both real and imaginary places whose identity is dependent on their distinctive heritage: a network of historically transmitted cultural resources. The essays in this volume, which originate from a lecture series at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London, explore the complex and multi-layered identities of European cities.
Themes that run through the essays include: nostalgia for a grander past; location between Eastern and Western ideologies, religions and cultures; and the fluidity and palimpsest quality of city identity.
Not only does the book provide different thematic angles and a variety of approaches to the investigation of city identity, it also emphasizes the importance of diverse cultural components. The essays presented here discuss cultural forms as various as music, architecture, literature, journalism, philosophy, television, film, myths, urban planning and the naming of streets.

Details

Pages
VI, 243
Year
2011
ISBN (PDF)
9783035300604
ISBN (Softcover)
9783039119301
DOI
10.3726/978-3-0353-0060-4
Language
English
Publication date
2011 (March)
Keywords
European Cities cultural identity city identity Eastern and Western ideologies
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. VI, 243 pp.

Biographical notes

Katia Pizzi (Volume editor) Godela Weiss-Sussex (Volume editor)

Katia Pizzi is Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London. Godela Weiss-Sussex is Senior Lecturer in Modern German Literature at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London, and Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge.

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