New York City; sociology of culture; sociology literature; sociology of the city memory of the place.
Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Górnośląskie Studia Socjologiczne, T. 4 (2013), s. 304-323
In the article New York is analysed as a city not in the terms of urbanism but culture.
The City became inspiring for many artists such as Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, Janusz
Głowacki, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Woody Allen, Roman Polański etc. and also for a number
like Claude Lévy‑Strauss,
James Clifford or Jean Baudrillard. The author of the
essay tries to present different points of view of above quoted on the same area — New York and
especially Manhattan, and proves that it was described, painted, photographed or filmed so many
times that people round the world have their own mental image of it even if they have never been to
the USA. This image comes from high and pop culture, popular knowledge and scientific analysis.
In the essay both literary and scientific texts blend to show the way the image of New York City is
constructed and how it is displayed to the audience.