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Tales of two cities: architecture, print and early guidebooksto Paris and London

McKellar, Elizabeth (2013). Tales of two cities: architecture, print and early guidebooksto Paris and London. Humanities, 2(3) pp. 328–350.

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This pioneering paper is the first to consider the contribution of a new type of urban literature to perceptions and portrayals of the city in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It focuses on London and Parisian guidebooks, a genre that has been little studied to date, particularly those of: Germaine Brice, Description nouvelle de ce qui’il ya de plus remarquable dans la Ville de Paris (1684); F. Colsoni, Le Guide de Londres (1693); and Edward Hatton, A New View of London (1708). The article is the first to establish the significance of language primers as source for tourist guidebooks and the prevalence of lexicographers among those producing them. It examines the modern type of non-antiquarian urban guidebook as part of the new urban consumer culture. It also explores the genre’s contribution to a novel form in the writing and understanding of the city in the period focussed on the contemporary and the experiential, rather than the traditional orientation towards the historical and the monumental.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 by the authors
ISSN: 2076-0787
Extra Information: This article belongs to the Special Issue Art and Words
Keywords: London; Paris; architecture; urbanism; literature; guidebooks; tourism; seventeenth century; eighteenth century
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Art History
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 37993
Depositing User: Elizabeth McKellar
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2013 13:55
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 16:11
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