Hotel Modernity

Corporate Space in Literature and Film

Robbie Moore

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A richly historicised account of the modern corporation and its spatial manifestations in Britain and America
  • Centres the hotel and corporate space as key sites of modern experience and culture
  • Examines architectural and financial records, hotel trade journals, travel journalism, advertisements, and cinematic and literary representations to offer a thorough historical account of the hotel from 1870 to 1939
  • Makes suggestive and original connections between material culture and literary form

Hotel Modernity explores the impact of corporate space on the construction and texture of modern fiction and film. It centres the hotel and corporate space as key sites of modern experience and culture. Examining architectural and financial records, hotel trade journals, travel journalism, advertisements and cinematic and literary representations, it charts the rise of hotel culture from 1870 to 1939. From Henry James to Elizabeth Bowen and Charlie Chaplin, from the ecstatic Waldorf to the ephemeral Ritz, from upstate New York to the Italian Riviera, the book considers the effects of hotel space on bodies, selves and communities.

IllustrationsAcknowledgementsIntroduction

1. Lounging Bodies / The Lobby and Piazza

2. Stain Resistance / The Parlour and Reading-Room

3. ‘Ritz’ / The Roof Garden

4. Hotel Angst / The Corridor and Elevator

5. The Hotel Auteur / The Manager’s Office

BibliographyIndex

Hotel Modernity makes a major contribution to the scholarly literature on hotels and on literary and cinematic modernity, as well as on the history of the notion of the subject and of “character.” It is extremely rewarding. Buy it now.
Joy McEntee, Adelaide University, Affirmations: of the modern
Robbie Moore’s delightfully original Hotel Modernity is an adroit, indeed magisterial, intervention in cultural history but also in thinking about the novel form and its metaphors. His eclectic, deft, sophisticated approach persuasively – and inspiringly – combines substantial research on the world of hotels with shimmeringly suggestive critical readings of a rare order.
Philip Horne, UCL
Robbie Moore is Lecturer in English at the University of Tasmania. He has published in Modernist Cultures and Henry James Review, and has chapters in forthcoming volumes from Cambridge University Press and Routledge.

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