The urban spaces we inhabit today have been moulded by a combination of historical forces – by social and economic processes, by the specific designs of urban planners, and by the regulatory and ritual practices of earlier times. As arenas of cultural activity they are also imbued with legends, symbolic associations, and historical memories.
This second volume of papers arising from the conference ‘Imagining the City’, held in Cambridge in 2004, examines the physical organization and the imaginative perception of cities from both a historical and a contemporary perspective, and over a geographical range that reaches from Ukraine to Mexico. It includes discussions of the ways in which cities have been envisaged in late antiquity, in the Middle Ages, and in early modern times, as sites of religious, cultural and political rituals; of the uses to which urban spaces have been put by industrial societies and by the political cultures of the twentieth century; and of the implications for the populations of particular cities of the roles these have played in establishing the historical identity of particular communities (whether national, political or religious) and in the delineation of boundaries between cultures.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2006. 385 pp.
Contents: Christian Emden/Catherine Keen/David Midgley: Introduction – Gil P. Klein: Oral Towns: Rabbinic Discourse and the
Understanding of the Late Antique Jewish City – Jenny Rahel Oesterle: Topography of Sacral Space in the Middle Ages: Ottonian
Bishop Towns and the Fatimid Capital Cairo – Catherine Keen: Boundaries and Belonging: Imagining Urban Identity in Medieval
Italy – Ruth Schilling: Asserting the Boundaries: Defining the City and its Territory by Political Ritual – Alex Dougherty:
Theatre, City, and the Baroque Imagination – Claire Daméry/Sylvie Miaux: The Panorama in the City: ‘Itinerary’ of a Patrimonial
Place – Carolyn Steel: Feeding the Great Wen: An Alimental Portrait of Eighteenth-Century London – Alexander Kossert: ‘Promised
Land’? Urban Myth and the Shaping of Modernity in Industrial Cities: Manchester and Lodz – Janet Stewart: Exhibiting and Communicating
the City: Imagining Berlin around 1900 – Hsiu-Ling Kuo: Weltstadt of National Socialist Germany: The Greater Berlin
Project – Simon Ward: Sites of Memory, Sites of the Imagination: Monumental and Urban Space – Stephanie Warnke: The Cold War
of City Landmarks: Architecture and the Media in Berlin, 1950-70 – Toni Lorenzen: Marzahn in the Mind: An Analysis of the
Imaginary Potential of a Housing District in the North-East of Berlin – Oscar J. Martinez: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: Images of
a Legendary Border City – Heidi Hein: The Idea of Lviv as a Bulwark against the East – Mireille Senn: Venice: Subject or Object
of Memory? – Jenny Burns: Provisional Constructions of the Eternal City: Figurations of Rome in Recent Italophone Writing.