The Demographic Imagination and the Nineteenth-Century City

Paris, London, New York

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  • 9781107095595
  • 9781316310526
  • 9781316289884
In this provocative book, Nicholas Daly tracks the cultural effects of the population explosion of the nineteenth century, the 'demographic transition' to the modern world. As the crowded cities of Paris, London and New York went through similar transformations, a set of shared narratives and images of urban life circulated among them, including fantasies of urban catastrophe, crime dramas, and tales of haunted public transport, refracting the hell that is other people. In the visual arts, sentimental genre pictures appeared that condensed the urban masses into a handful of vulnerable figures: newsboys and flower-girls. At the end of the century, proto-ecological stories emerge about the sprawling city as itself a destroyer. This lively study excavates some of the origins of our own international popular culture, from noir visions of the city as a locus of crime, to utopian images of energy and community.
  • Cambridge University Press; March 2015
  • ISBN 9781316310526
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  • Title: The Demographic Imagination and the Nineteenth-Century City
  • Author: Nicholas Daly
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107095595
  • 9781316310526
  • 9781316289884

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'The scope of Daly's project is commendable, embracing the long nineteenth century through the cultural lenses of England, France, and the United States … In opening the possibility for comparison based on the popularity and afterlife of a cultural text as it invokes various figures of the 'demographic imagination', Daly's project is a delightful engagement with various material and aesthetic cultures of the nineteenth century.' Kathleen Morris, BSLS Reviews (www.bsls.ac.uk)

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107095595
  • 9781316310526
  • 9781316289884