writing London

Volume 2: materiality, memory, spectrality

  • Authors
  • Julian Wolfreys

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: London disfigured

    1. Julian Wolfreys
      Pages 1-22
  3. Stages

  4. Crises

  5. Punctuations

    1. Julian Wolfreys
      Pages 107-119
  6. Interventions

  7. Punctuations

    1. Julian Wolfreys
      Pages 195-205
  8. Constellations

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 237-253

About this book


Following on from Julian Wolfrey's successful Writing London (1998), this second volume extends Wolfrey's original argument that a new urban sensibility in the nineteenth century had been developed which established new ways of writing about and responding to the city. Writing London - Volume 2 explores through a range of readings of twentieth-century films and texts the complex relationship between the experience of the city, the pleasures of the urban text and the solitary nature of these pleasures. The book has a broad focus, in part dictated not only by the transformation of literary production in the twentieth-century, but also by the need to respond to the changes in both urban representation and London itself. Writers discussed include Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, Maureen Duffy, Peter Ackroyd, Iain Sinclair and Michael Moorcock. The volume covers texts from the late nineteenth-century to the end of the twentieth, in a critical reading that incorporates the theoretical insights of Walter Benjamin, Guy Debord and Jacques Derrida.


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