Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-313) and index.
Pt. 1. Open Houses. 1. Seeing through Paris, 1820-1848. 2. Balzac's Spatial Relations -- Pt. 2. The City and the Domestic Ideal. 3. The Haunted London House, 1940-1880 -- Pt. 3. Interiorization and Its Discontents. 4. Enclosing Paris, 1852-1880. 5. Zola's Restless House.
In urban studies, the nineteenth century is the "age of great cities." In feminist studies, it is the era of the separate domestic sphere. But what of the city's homes? In the course of answering this question, Apartment Stones provides a singular and radically new framework for understanding the urban and the domestic. Turning to an element of the cityscape that is thoroughly familiar yet frequently overlooked, Sharon Marcus argues that the apartment house embodied the intersections of city and home, public and private, and masculine and feminine spheres.