Spectacle and the City

Chinese Urbanities in Art and Popular Culture

Edited by Jeroen de Kloet and Lena Scheen

Spectacle and the City

Edited by Jeroen de Kloet and Lena Scheen

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

288 pages | 28 color plates, 30 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2013  
Paper $75.50 ISBN: 9789089644459 Published February 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
As China becomes increasingly modern and urban, artists have responded by imagining the Chinese city at the intersections of the social, material, and political realities of modern life. This volume explores how the city-as-spectacle has been visualized and contested in art and popular culture.  Featuring essays by an interdisciplinary team of scholars, Spectacle and the City is as broad as the terrain it covers: with essays by an interdisciplinary team of experts on Chinese cities, as well as leading cultural critics, it goes beyond mainland China to include cities with cultural significance, such as Singapore and Hong Kong.  

Introduction: Imagining Chinese Cities
Jeroen de Kloet and Lena Scheen

1. Speed and Spectacle in Chinese Cities
Ackbar Abbas

2. Planned Demi-monde and its Aestheticisation in Singapore
Chua Beng Huat

3. Coming of Age in RMB City
Robin Visser

4. The Architecture of Utopia: From Rem Koolhaa’s Scale Models to RMB City
Yomi Braester

5. Imagining a Disappearing and Reappearing Chinese City
Jeroen de Kloet

6. Turing Urban China 
Jeroen Groenewegen-lau

7. The City’s Dis(appearance) in Propaganda
Stefan Landsberger

8. Claiming the Past, Presenting the Present, Selling the Future: Imagining a New Beijing, Great Olympics
Gladys Pak Lei Chong 

9. Shanghai in Film and Literature: The Danger of Nostalgia
Gregory Bracken

10. Nostalgia, Place, and Making Peace with Modernity in East Asia
Margaret Hillenbrand

11. Femme Fatales and Male Narcissists: Shanghai Spectacle Narrated, Packaged and Sold
Lena Scheen

12. City Regeneration and Its Opposition
Ou Ning

13. Law, Embodiment, and the Case of  ‘Harbourcide’
John Nguyet Erni

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