Metropolis: The American City in Popular Culture (Google eBook)
Ever since the rise of mass culture, the idea of "The City" has played a central role in the nation's imagined landscape. While some writers depict the city as a site of pleasure and enjoyment, the thrills provided there are still generally of an illicit nature, and it is this darker strain of urban fiction-one that illuminates many of the larger fears and anxieties of America at large-that this book addresses. From The Wire's Baltimore to Martin Scorsese's New York, from the Newark of Philip Roth and The Sopranos, to Jeffrey Eugenides's Detroit, "The City" is everywhere, and everywhere proclaiming on the rise and
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