Imagined Londons

Imagined Londons

by Pamela K. Gilbert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791455025

ISBN-13: 9780791455029

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Imagined Londons explores the diverse ways that Britain’s “global city” has been imagined and represented in literature, history, the arts, and popular culture, from the mid–nineteenth century to the present day. American and British contributors examine a variety of topics, ranging from poetry to architecture, from dance music to gay…  See more details below

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Imagined Londons explores the diverse ways that Britain’s “global city” has been imagined and represented in literature, history, the arts, and popular culture, from the mid–nineteenth century to the present day. American and British contributors examine a variety of topics, ranging from poetry to architecture, from dance music to gay pornography, from “tube” maps to the role of Bangladeshi communities in shaping contemporary London politics. Broadly interdisciplinary and deeply attentive to London’s historical diversity, the book is unified by its attention to a single question: How have the many imaginations and representations of London shaped—and been shaped by—history and culture? The answers provided within this volume offer the chance to view London in surprising new ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791455029
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
267
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Imagining Londons1
Chapter 1The Victorian Social Body and Urban Cartography11
Chapter 2Other Londoners: Race and Class in Plays of Nineteenth-Century London Life31
Chapter 3"Men in Petticoats": Border Crossings in the Queer Case of Mr. Boulton and Mr. Park45
Chapter 4Romancing the City: Arthur Symons and the Spatial Politics of Aesthetics in 1890s London69
Chapter 5The Metropole as Antipodes: Australian Women in London and Constructing National Identity85
Chapter 6Modernist Space and the Transformation of Under Ground London101
Chapter 7London and the Tourist Imagination121
Chapter 8Bread and (Rock) Circuses: Sites of Sonic Conflict in London137
Chapter 9The Political Construction of Diasporic Communities in the Global City159
Chapter 10Lonely Londoner: V.S. Naipaul and "The God of the City"177
Chapter 11Undoing London or, Urban Haunts: The Fracturing of Representation in the 1990s193
Chapter 12London 2000: The Millennial Imagination in a City of Monuments219
List of Contributors241
Index245

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