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Lights, City, Action…
Lights, City, Action
Tim Edensor

This chapter explores how illumination continues to transform the meaning and feeling of the city. Firstly, I investigate the pervasive darkness of the pre-modern city and, subsequently, how this was utterly transfigured by the advent of early modern illumination that fashioned a new nocturnal urban realm of fantasy and excitement in which inhabitants were attracted to a proliferation of illuminated spectacles and attractions. Secondly, however, I discuss how these urban landscapes were also inscribed with power in new ways, and the ways in which inequalities wrought through illumination persist, though opposition has always responded to such ordering processes, not least through seeking out the dark realms of the city. Thirdly, I focus on how the sheer pervasiveness of ...

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