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Urban Formalism: The Work of City Reading

David Faflik


Urban Formalism radically reimagines what it meant to “read” a brave new urban world during the transformative middle decades of the nineteenth century. At a time when contemporaries in the twin capitals of modernity in the West, New York and Paris, were learning to make sense of unfamiliar surroundings, city peoples increasingly looked to the experiential patterns, or forms, from their everyday lives in an attempt to translate urban experience into something they could more easily comprehend. Urban Formalism interrogates both the risks and rewards of an interpretive practice that depended on ... More

Keywords: cities, urban, metropolis, reading, New York, Paris, nineteenth century, form, formalism, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823288045
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Faflik, author
University of Rhode Island