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Maxwell Street

Writing and Thinking Place

Tim Cresswell

Maxwell Street

Tim Cresswell

264 pages | 57 halftones | 7 x 10 | © 2019
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226604251 Published March 2019
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226604114 Published March 2019
E-book $10.00 to $35.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226604398 Published March 2019
What is the nature of place, and how does one undertake to write about it? To answer these questions, geographer and poet Tim Cresswell looks to Chicago’s iconic Maxwell Street Market area. Maxwell Street was for decades a place where people from all corners of the city mingled to buy and sell goods, play and listen to the blues, and encounter new foods and cultures. Now, redeveloped and renamed University Village, it could hardly be more different.
 
In Maxwell Street, Cresswell advocates approaching the study of place as an “assemblage” of things, meanings, and practices. He models this innovative approach through a montage format that exposes the different types of texts—primary, secondary, and photographic sources—that have attempted to capture the essence of the area. Cresswell studies his historical sources just as he explores the different elements of Maxwell Street—exposing them layer by layer. Brilliantly interweaving words and images, Maxwell Street sheds light on a historic Chicago neighborhood and offers a new model for how to write about place that will interest anyone in the fields of geography, urban studies, or cultural history.
Contents
Acknowledgements
 
Part One          Writing Place
Part Two         Market/Place
Part Three        Thinking Place
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Review Quotes
Chicago Tribune
"Erudite. . . The rewards are plentiful as Cresswell goes about answering what appears a simple question, 'How to write about a place?', in 200-some provocative pages."
Gary T. Johnson, president, Chicago History Museum
“Cresswell offers kaleidoscopes for understanding what ‘place’ can mean. With its richly archived and colorful past, Maxwell Street is the perfect choice for wandering with this geographer, poet, and philosopher. This tour de force may inspire you to begin your own explorations using his techniques.”
Matthew Gandy, University of Cambridge
“Through an extremely interesting set of sources, traces, and ideas, Cresswell generates a series of highly stimulating and imaginative juxtapositions. A fascinating addition to the current literature on Chicago, cultural history, and urban writing, Maxwell Street will appeal to diverse academic and public readerships.”
Winifred Curran, DePaul University
“This book is a meditation on writing, Maxwell Street, and the practices through which places are represented and performed. Drawing on methods such as montage and assemblage, Cresswell offers us an evocative consideration of the importance of Maxwell Street while providing a wholly new way to consider the possibilities of place that goes far beyond any one urban neighborhood.”
Joseph Heathcott, The New School
“A renowned geographer and theorist of place, Cresswell has written a must-read book that not only draws together decades of thinking about space and place, but does so in an evocative and provocative way.”
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