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Imagining the Modernist City

Scott McCracken

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0036

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Imagining the Modernist City

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This article examines the concept of the modernist city. It explains that the distinction between the modern and the modernist city lies in the difference between the historical city of the industrial age and the ways in which that city was imagined. The article argues that the modernist city was not simply a response but also a project for architects and urban planners, and argues that one of the things which characterize the modernist city is an aesthetic which attempts to capture the city as a whole, so that what is achieved is not a static totality, but one in constant motion, where the end-point remains unclear.

Keywords: modernist city; historical city; industrial age; architects; urban planners; static totality

Article.  8892 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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