Nine previously unpublished essays form an interdisciplinary assessment of urban memory in the modern city, analysing this burgeoning area of interest from the perspectives of sociology, architectural and art history, psychoanalysis, culture and critical theory. Featuring a wealth of illustrations, images, maps and specially commissioned artwork, this work applies a critical and creative approach to existing theories of urban memory, and examines how these ideas are actualised in the forms of the built environment in the modernist and post-industrial city.
A particular area of focus is post-industrial Manchester, but the book also includes studies of current-day Singapore, New York after 9/11, modern museums in industrial gallery spaces, the writings of Paul Auster and W.G. Sebald, memorials built in concrete, and contemporary art.
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Mark Crinson is an art and architectural historian whose research interests include colonialism, urban theory and contemporary art. He is the author of three other books and from 2000 to 2002 was the director of the AMRB founded research project: "Urban Memory in Manchester". He is a Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Manchester.
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