In essays that capture the multiple aspects of urban life, contributors examine European cities through the lenses of history, literature, art, architecture, and music. Covering topics such as governance, performance, high culture and subculture, tourism, and journalism, this volume provides new and invigorating ways to think about cities both past and present. An innovative and interdisciplinary work, City Limits crosses conventional critical boundaries to depict a vibrant and moving cityscape of historical urban experience.
Glenn Clark is an assistant professor in the Department of English, Film, and Theatre at the University of Manitoba. Judith Owens is an associate professor in the Department of English, Film, and Theatre at the University of Manitoba. Greg T. Smith is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Manitoba.
Figures and Tables; Acknowledgment Introduction / Glenn Clark, Judith Owens, and Greg T. Smith PART ONE PLACING THE CITY Preface / Peter Lake; 1 What Made the Eurasian City Work? Urban Political Cultures in Early Modern Europe and Asia / Christopher Friedrichs; 2 Global Yokels: Vernacular Manuscript Chronicles and Urban Identity in Early Modern Germany / Johannes C. Wolfart; 3 Renaissance Venice as a Musical Model for Copenhagen / Susan Lewis Hammond; 4 Walking the City Limits: The Performance of Authority and Identity in Mary Tudor's Norwich / Mary A. Blackstone; 5 Rational Luxuries and Civilized Pleasures: Nationalizing Elite Parisian Values, 1848-49 / Melanie A. Bailey; 6 The "Divine Little City" and the "Terrible Town": Henry James on Florence and New York / Robin Hoople PART TWO GENDER, MOBILITY, AND THE CITY Preface / Arlene Young; 7 Exploring Edinburgh: Urban Tourism in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain / Pam Perkins; 8 Clearing the Streets: Blindness and Begging in Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor / Vanessa Warne; 9 A Contested City: Gwen John, Suzanne Valadon, and Women Artists in Fin-de-Siecle Paris / Julie Johnson PART THREE REDRESSING BOUNDARIES Preface / Bernard Dov Cooperman; 10 Alls wie mann inn krieg pflegt zue thuen: Music and Catholic Processions in Counter-Reformation Augsburg / Alexander J. Fisher; 11 "Madness in a Magnificent Building": Gentile Responses to Jewish Synagogues in Amsterdam, 1670-1730 / Saskia Coenen Snyder; 12 Between History and Hope: The Urban Centre of William Blake and William Wordsworth / Jon Saklofske; 13 The Humours of Sailortown: Atlantic History Meets Subculture Theory / Isaac Land Postscript; Bibliography; Contributors