The modern metropolis has been one of the crucial sites for the exploration of modernity since at least the mid--nineteenth century. In this new volume, David Frisby provides an original and critical examination of the construction and experience of metropolitan modernity. Drawing on a rich variety of sources, Frisby seeks to reveal some key features of metropolitan experience in modernity. Among the issues examined are Benjamina s account of the flaneur and its relevance for social investigation and urban detection; Simmela s influential essay on the metropolis; contrasting interpretations of fin--de--siecle Berlin and Vienna by Sombart; the work of Otto Wagner; and the response to the modern metropolis as highlighted in German Expressionism and Weimar Berlin. Cityscapes of Modernity will be a valuable text for students of sociology, social theory, urban theory, cultural studies and architectural history, as well as all those interested in the urban culture of modernity.
David Frisby is Professor of Sociology, Glasgow University
Illustrations. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Chapter 1: The City Observed: The Flaneur in Social Theory. Chapter 2 : The City Detected: Representations and Realities of Detection. Chapter 3: The City Interpreted: Georg Simmela s Metropolis. Chapter 4: The City Compared: Vienna is not Berlin. Chapter 5: The City Designed: Otto Wagner and Vienna. Chapter 6: The City Dissolved: Social Theory, the Metropolis and Expressionism. Chapter 7: The City Rationalized: Martin Wagnera s New Berlin. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. Index