Restless Cities

Restless Cities Cover

Restless Cities

By Matthew Beaumont (Editor); Gregory Dart (Editor)

Verso, Paperback, 9781844674053, 326pp.

Publication Date: May 4, 2010

The metropolis is a site of endless making and unmaking. From the attempt to imagine a 'city-symphony' to the cinematic tradition that runs from Walter Ruttmann to Terence Davies, "Restless Cities" traces the idiosyncratic character of the metropolitan city from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first-century megalopolis. With explorations of phenomena including nightwalking, urbicide, property, commuting and recycling, this wide-ranging new book identifies and traces the patterns that have defined everyday life in the modern city and its effect on us as individuals. Bringing together some of the most significant cultural writers of our time, "Restless Cities" is an illuminating, revelatory journey to the heart of our metropolitan world.

About the Author

Gregory Dart is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department of University College London. His research, both current and prospective, is centrally concerned with the modern city, as a cultural and material phenomenon. His first monograph, Rousseau, Robespierre and English Romanticism (Cambridge, 1999), examined the influence of the French Revolution on English Romantic writers. Since then he has published widely on Romantics and the city, edited two selections of Hazlitt's writings and written a short book on the relationship between unrequited love and stalking.

Praise For Restless Cities

“A culturally and historically rich illumination of the city in all its complexity.”—Icon

“A richly alternative guide to city living.”—Metro

“A gem of a book, by turns inspiring, shocking and consistently intelligent.”—Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

“Bold and admirable.”—PD Smith, Guardian

“Fresh and piquant observations about aspects of modern living.”—Time Out London