Writing London: Inventions of the City - Volume 3

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Writing London: Inventions of the City stages a series of interventions and inventions of urban space between the years 1880 and 1930 in key literary texts of the period. Making sharp distinctions between modernity and modernism, the volume reassesses the city as a series of singular sites irreducible to stable identities, whilst also offering a cogent re-evaluation of motifs of the nocturnal and the suburban in the literary imagination of London, concluding with an extended reading of The Waste Land and its manuscript drafts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230008953
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

JULIAN WOLFREYS is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of English and Drama at Loughborough University, UK. He has published numerous books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century English literature and literary theory. His most recent publications include The Old Story, with a Difference: Pickwick's Vision, Thinking Difference: Critics in Conversation, and Writing London: Materiality, Memory, Spectrality.

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Table of Contents

• Abbreviations
• Introduction: of invention and the singularities of the city of London
• The Hieroglyphic Other: The Beetle, London, and the Anxieties of Late Imperial England
• The "tortuous geography of the night world": the "productive disorder" of the Noctuary Text
• Between Seeing and Knowing: Amy Levy, Arnold Bennett and Urban Counter-Romance
• "All the living and the dead": Urban Anamnesis in John Berger and Iain Sinclair
• "Concatenated words from which the sense seemed gone": The Waste Land
• Afterword
• Works Cited
• Index

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