The City in Literature

A continuation of a previous lecture where the focus was on The city in the Visual Arts and the way it is shown through ownership. In my previous reflective piece, I expressed how I did not see the relation between the topic “The city in the Visual Arts” and the way that was chosen to look at it which was through ownership. But in this week’s lecture, the new topic was “The City in Literature” which through the course of the lecture, I realized is a continuation of the “City in the Visual Arts” and the relation with ownership. It show how ownership is further described in written forms, such as poems. We talked about poets that did this such as John Clare in his poem, “Trespass”. In the body of my reflective writing, ill discuss more on this topic and what I’ve learn and understand from what was said in this week’s lecture.

What is Literature?
Literature is written pieces of work with intellectual or artistic value. A definition that most would say. But I think literature is anything that is written to tell a story, give direction, instructions, to keep history even if it isn’t valuable or artistic. Because in reality, something is only valuable and artistic if we treat it so and get others to feel the same way about it.
In the lecture we looked at different places such as the Pennsylvania Station in New York of 1911, The Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, The Brunnel Bus Station and Car park and Middlesborough. All that are mention in literature or if we haven’t seen these places in persons, we would not know of them. And what I can say about the topic and how it related to what we saw in this lecture is that, along with literature from John Clare and Jon Megregor, what is really fascinating about their poems is how they descrive the scenery, the atmosphere, the area, building, and paths on which they walked. The way they described and used their word pierced one mind so well that it gave a clear picture of what they are trying to convey to their readers without being physically.
I found that literature is also a link between its expressions and the history of where its being written. As with “The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli which is a piece of reading I source for myself. As I read the book I found it very much relating to the topic at hand “ The City in Literature”. As Niccolo Machiavelli discussed politic rise and downfall of the different nations and the different types of governing monarchy and colonies in the 20th century, reading the text, it not only told you about the topics I listed before but it gives a you history of the time and place and what went on. The writing and his words painted a picture in your mind and so you became to gather the conditions the different countries, nations and colonies. You began to get a better picture of how it was in the past and the different between now and then. Which is why I agree with literature being a link between its expression and the history.
As Cities grew, the social and economic functions became more complex, which is why authors began using different methods to describe cities. With each change in the cities and countries came change with the way literature was produced and expressed. We can see this through different literature that was written in different time periods.
Literature is used in different ways. To convey a message, instructions, tell stories but also in legalities. Legalities such as contracts, deeds, statements. Literature has a role in ownership. As with most ownership, evidence of this is in literature, for example; a deed with information of who owns a property, a piece of writing and in the bibliography showing where the information was sourced from.

For this week’s lecture “The city in Literature” I explored how literature and history are relatable through the reading of literature that was written in different periods of time. How it relates to ownership in legalities. And what I can say is that as cities grow and become more diverse, so will literature.

• Richard Lehan.(1998), xvi + 330 pp. ,“The City in Literature: An Intellectual and Cultural History” Berkeley: University of California Press.
• Machiavelli Niccolo, (1992), “The Prince”, Dover Publications, NY.
• McGregor, J. 2003, “If nobody speaks of remarkable things”, Bloomsbury, London.

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