Images of the City takes the reader on a fascinating journey through urban landscapes across centuries, literary periods, media, genres and borders. 27 essays gathered from Poland, UK, Romania, Italy, Hungary, and Portugal by researchers representing different academic environments and fields of speciality offer a truly interdisciplinary perspective on the issue of understanding, representing, and interpreting the city. In this respect, the volume complements other anthologies which discuss urban space without limiting itself to one unique theoretical perspective. Its neat division into chrological and thematic sections makes for easy yet informative and inclusive reading, encouraging cross-referencing and challenging interests and tastes of a wide array of readers. Images of the City provides essential reading for cityphiles everywhere.
Dr Magdalena Cieslak is a senior lecturer in literature, theatre and media at the University of Lodz, Poland. Her research interests comprise Shakespeare and his contemporaries, drama in performance, Shakespeare on screen, film theory, film and television adaptation, and mass media. She has published widely on Shakespeare in film and popular culture, and co-edited with Agnieszka Rasmus PASE Papers in Literature and Culture (Lodz University Press, 2008). Currently, she is working on a book devoted to contemporary recyclings of Shakespeare. Dr Agnieszka Rasmus is a senior lecturer in drama and film at the University of Lodz, Poland. She is the author of Filming Shakespeare, From Metatheatre to Metacinema (Peter Lang, 2008) and co-editor with Magdalena Cieslak of PASE Papers in Literature and Culture (Lodz University Press, 2008). Her research interests comprise Shakespeare on screen, film history and theory, Hollywood, counter-cinema, and British film. Currently, she is working on a book devoted to American remakes of British cult movies.