The City as Social Form
Literature has been and remains an important medium for understanding the modern city. It is an extremely efficient mode for representing the city, and particularly for designing its social form, throughout modernity. This book examines how the modern image of Barcelona emerged in the second half of the nineteenth century and was promoted, fought, wiped out, conscientiously restored, and eventually discarded some 100 years later. “Image” in this sense refers to a representational configuration in the social imaginary, rather than something exclusively visual. This book explores different dimensions, conditioning factors, and contingencies of Barcelona, from its myth and stark political reality to monuments and architecture, transportation, tourism, city planning, trauma and hope, violence and its aftermath, economic development and speculation, memory and idealization, and national identity and language politics.
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