© 2009

Public Speaking in the City

Debating and Shaping the Urban Experience


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Janet Stewart
    Pages 13-50
  3. Janet Stewart
    Pages 51-86
  4. Janet Stewart
    Pages 87-119
  5. Janet Stewart
    Pages 120-167
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 180-211

About this book


Providing a compelling analysis of debates in and about the modern city, this book draws upon architecture, history, literary studies, new media and sociology to explore the multiple connections between location, speech and the emerging modern metropolis. It concludes by reflecting on public speaking in the construction of the virtual city.


history media New Media sociology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of AberdeenUK

About the authors

JANET STEWART directs the Visual Culture Masters Programme at the University of Aberdeen, UK, where she also teaches Comparative Literature and German, and contributes to the Centre for Modern Thought. She is the author of the acclaimed monograph Fashioning Vienna: Adolf Loos's Cultural Criticism.

Bibliographic information


'This book breaks new ground in the exploration of the modern metropolis. For far too long we have been preoccupied with the visual modes of communication in urban settings. This excellently researched, well articulated and stimulating study examines the transformation of communication in this period. Specifically, Stewart chooses to focus upon the neglected study of the spoken word, public speaking and dialogue with urban publics in diverse urban spatial contexts. In a richly textured series of chapters, she explores the varied settings for dialogues on the city by architects, sites such as exhibitions, the street, the coffee house and the salon.' - David Frisby, Professor in Sociology and Cities Programme, London School of Economics, UK