Spaces of Surveillance

States and Selves

  • Susan Flynn
  • Antonia Mackay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Susan Flynn, Antonia Mackay
    Pages 1-18
  3. Art, Photography and Film

  4. Literature

  5. States, Place and Bodies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Sam Tecle, Tapo Chimbganda, Francesca D’Amico, Yafet Tewelde
      Pages 187-210
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 245-278

About this book


In a world of ubiquitous surveillance, watching and being watched are the salient features of the lives depicted in many of our cultural productions. This collection examines surveillance as it is portrayed in art, literature, film and popular culture, and makes the connection between our sense of ‘self’ and what is ‘seen’. In our post-panoptical world which purports to proffer freedom of movement, technology notes our movements and habits at every turn. Surveillance seeps out from businesses and power structures to blur the lines of security and confidentiality. This unsettling loss of privacy plays out in contemporary narratives, where the ‘selves’ we create are troubled by surveillance. This collection will appeal to scholars of media and cultural studies, contemporary literature, film and art and American studies. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Susan Flynn
    • 1
  • Antonia Mackay
    • 2
  1. 1.School of MediaUniversity of the Arts LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of English and Modern LanguagesOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

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