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The Resource Beautiful terrible ruins : Detroit and the anxiety of decline, Dora Apel

Beautiful terrible ruins : Detroit and the anxiety of decline, Dora Apel

Label
Beautiful terrible ruins : Detroit and the anxiety of decline
Title
Beautiful terrible ruins
Title remainder
Detroit and the anxiety of decline
Statement of responsibility
Dora Apel
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Apel shows how Detroit has become pivotal to an expanding network of ruin imagery that speaks to the overarching anxieties of our era: increasing poverty, declining wages and social services, inadequate health care, unemployment, homelessness, and ecological disaster - in short, the failure of capitalism."
  • Once the manufacturing powerhouse of the nation, Detroit has become emblematic of failing cities everywhere--the paradigmatic city of ruins--and the epicenter of an explosive growth in images of urban decay. In Beautiful Terrible Ruins, art historian Dora Apel explores a wide array of these images, ranging from photography, advertising, and television, to documentaries, video games, and zombie and disaster films. Apel shows how Detroit has become pivotal to an expanding network of ruin imagery, imagery ultimately driven by a pervasive and growing cultural pessimism, a loss of faith in progress, and a deepening fear that worse times are coming. The images of Detroit's decay speak to the overarching anxieties of our era: increasing poverty, declining wages and social services, inadequate health care, unemployment, homelessness, and ecological disaster--in short, the failure of capitalism. Apel reveals how, through the aesthetic distancing of representation, the haunted beauty and fascination of ruin imagery, embodied by Detroit's abandoned downtown skyscrapers, empty urban spaces, decaying factories, and derelict neighborhoods help us to cope with our fears. But Apel warns that these images, while pleasurable, have little explanatory power, lulling us into seeing Detroit's deterioration as either inevitable or the city's own fault, and absolving the real agents of decline--corporate disinvestment and globalization. Beautiful Terrible Ruins helps us understand the ways that the pleasure and the horror of urban decay hold us in thrall.--Publisher website
Cataloging source
DLC
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
NX653.D48
LC item number
A64 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Beautiful terrible ruins : Detroit and the anxiety of decline, Dora Apel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Modernity in Ruins -- Ruin Terrors and Pleasures -- Fear and Longing in Detroit -- Urban Exploration: Beauty in Decay -- Detroit Ruin Images: Where Are the People? -- Looking for Signs of Resurrection -- Surviving in the Post-Apocalyptic Landscape -- Conclusion: Your Town Tomorrow
Control code
893557826
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 210 pages
Isbn
9780813574073
Lccn
2014040073
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025046301
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)893557826
Label
Beautiful terrible ruins : Detroit and the anxiety of decline, Dora Apel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Modernity in Ruins -- Ruin Terrors and Pleasures -- Fear and Longing in Detroit -- Urban Exploration: Beauty in Decay -- Detroit Ruin Images: Where Are the People? -- Looking for Signs of Resurrection -- Surviving in the Post-Apocalyptic Landscape -- Conclusion: Your Town Tomorrow
Control code
893557826
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 210 pages
Isbn
9780813574073
Lccn
2014040073
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025046301
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)893557826

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