The Urban Uncanny explores through ten engaging essays the slippage
or mismatch between our expectations of the city-as the organised
and familiar environments in which citizens live, work, and go
about their lives-and the often surprising and unsettling
experiences it evokes. The city is uncanny when it reveals itself
in new and unexpected light; when its streets, buildings, and
people suddenly appear strange, out of place, and not quite right.
Bringing together a variety of approaches, including
psychoanalysis, historical and contemporary case study of cities,
urban geography, film and literary critique, the essays explore
some of the unsettling mismatches between city and citizen in order
to make sense of each, and to gauge the wellbeing of city life more
generally. Essays examine a number of cities, including Edmonton,
London, Paris, Oxford, Las Vegas, Berlin and New York, and address
a range of issues, including those of memory, death, anxiety,
alienation, and identity. Delving into the complex repercussions of
contemporary mass urban development, The Urban Uncanny opens up the
pathological side of cities, both real and imaginary. This
interdisciplinary collection provides unparalleled insights into
the urban uncanny that will be of interest to academics and
students of urban studies, urban geography, psychoanalysis,
cultural studies, social studies and film studies, and to anyone
interested in the darker side of city life.
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