Writing the modern city: literature, architecture, modernity

Sarah Edwards, Jonathan Charley

Research output: Book/ReportBook


This collection of thirteen original essays examines the ways in which literature and architecture have shaped a range of recognisably ‘modern’ identities. It focuses on the cultural connections between prose narratives – the novel, short stories, autobiography, crime and science fiction – and a range of urban environments, from the city apartment and river to the colonial house and the utopian city. It explores how the themes of memory, nation and identity have been represented in both literary and architectural works in the aftermath of early twentieth-century conflict; how the cultural movements of modernism and postmodernism have affected notions of canonicity and genre in the creation of books and buildings; and how and why literary and architectural narratives are influenced by each other’s formal properties and styles.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages240
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2011


  • architecture
  • modern literature
  • modernity
  • cultural and political values
  • literature


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