In-Visible Palimpsest: Memory, Space and Modernity in Berlin and Shanghai by Lu PanIn-Visible Palimpsest: Memory, Space and Modernity in Berlin and Shanghai by Lu Pan

In-Visible Palimpsest: Memory, Space and Modernity in Berlin and Shanghai

byLu Pan

Paperback | January 7, 2016

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In the early 1990s, Berlin and Shanghai witnessed the dramatic social changes in both national and global contexts. While in 1991 Berlin became the new capital of the reunified Germany, from 1992 Shanghai began to once again play its role as the most powerful engine of economic development in the post-1989 China. This critical moment of history has fundamentally transformed the later development of both cities, above all in terms of urban spatial order. The construction mania in Shanghai and Berlin shares the
similar aspiration of «re-modernizing» themselves. In this sense, the current experience of Shanghai and Berlin informs many of the features of urban modernity in the post-Cold-War era. The book unfolds the complexity of the urban space per se as highly revealing cultural texts. Also this project doesn’t examine the spatial changes in chronological terms, but rather takes the present moment as the temporal standing point of this research. By comparing the memory discourse related to these spatial changes, the book poses the question of how modernity is understood in the matrix of local, national and global power struggles.
Lu Pan received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Her current research interests include visual culture, urban space, war memory, and theories of aesthetics. She is author of Aestheticizing Public Space: Street Visual Politics in East Asian Cities. She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Chines...
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Title:In-Visible Palimpsest: Memory, Space and Modernity in Berlin and ShanghaiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.66 × 5.71 × 0.6 inPublished:January 7, 2016Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034316992

ISBN - 13:9783034316996

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Contents: Contested National Memories: Monument, Myth-Making, and Modernity – The Berlin Republic: Re-invoked Memories – Monuments in Shanghai: The Invisible Turn – The Politics of Nostalgia: Memory, Space, and Competing Modernities – City of Divided Memories: Two Kinds of Berlin Nostalgia – Revisiting Shanghai Nostalgia: Local Memory as Resistance – Forgetting Modern Space? - Amnesia and the «Obsolescent» Modernities – The Disappearing Berlin: Can the Wrongs be Undone? – Other Shanghais: Missing Narratives of Urban Space.