The Feel of the City: Experiences of Urban Transformation
At the start of the twentieth century, the modern metropolis was a riot of sensation. City dwellers lived in an environment filled with smoky factories, crowded homes, and lively thoroughfares. Sights, sounds, and smells flooded their senses, while changing conceptions of health and decorum forced many to rethink their most banal gestures, from the way they negotiated speeding traffic to the use they made of public washrooms.
The Feel of the City exposes the sensory experiences of city-dwellers in Montreal and Brussels at the turn of the century and the ways in which these shaped the social and cultural significance of urban space. Using the experiences of municipal officials, urban planners, hygienists, workers, writers, artists, and ordinary citizens, Nicolas Kenny explores the implications of the senses for our understanding of modernity.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 320 pages
- Illustrations: 24
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.1in
‘Kenny treats readers to an unusual but fascinating and valuable perspective on industrialization and urbanization… Highly recommended.’
Choice Magazine, vol 52:02:2015
“Nicolas Kenny’s fascinating study brings together urban history and the history of the senses in an intriguing new synthesis. The Feel of the City is essential reading for anyone interested in the experience of metropolitan living in the era of high modernity.”
Simon Gunn, Professor of Urban History, University of Leicester
Author InformationNicolas Kenny is an associate professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University.
Table of contents
Introduction – The Body Urban
Chapter 1 – Comparable Cities
Chapter 2 – Image Makers
Chapter 3 – Encounters with Industrial Space
Chapter 4 – Home for a Rest
Chapter 5 – Street Scenes
Conclusion – Keeping in Touch
PrizesSir John A. Macdonald Prize awarded by Canadian Historical Association - Short-listed in 2015
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