- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226946649
- ISBN-13: 978-0226946641
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,803,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Untimely Ruins: An Archaeology of American Urban Modernity, 1819-1919 1st Edition
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Nick Yablon is associate professor of American studies at the University of Iowa.
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Untimely Ruins is absorbing and illuminating. It enlarges our understanding of American cultural history (and historiography), a history that is not generally familiar. Yablon offers readers a fascinating window into the American ethos in a time that, while not so long ago, is ever receding. Untimely Ruins is not only an exceptional book, it is also a bravura performance.
From pre-ruin "cities on paper" that evoke images of Dubai and Doha, to Tocqueville's prematurely ruined log cabin that suggest foreclosed houses and urban decay, to "creative destruction" that raises the specter of Steampunk, there is much in this book to encourage the active mind to excavate all modernist ideas for the footprints of ruin-scapes. Yablon's astonishing debut monograph delivers on very nearly all levels.