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Untimely Ruins: An Archaeology of American Urban Modernity, 1819-1919

Nick Yablon

Abstract

American ruins have become increasingly prominent, whether in discussions of “urban blight” and home foreclosures, in commemorations of 9/11, or in post-apocalyptic movies. This book argues that the association between American cities and ruins dates back to a much earlier period in the nation's history. Recovering numerous scenes of urban desolation—from failed banks, abandoned towns, and dilapidated tenements to the crumbling skyscrapers and bridges envisioned in science fiction and cartoons—it challenges the myth that ruins were absent or insignificant objects in nineteenth-century America. ... More

Keywords: ruins, America, cities, urban modernity, urban blight, urban desolation, time capsules, archives, cultural history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226946634
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226946658.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Yablon, author