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Writing London. vol. 2, Materiality, memory, spectrality /
Julian Wolfreys.
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Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
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viii, 253 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0333914295
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Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
isbn
0333914295
catalogue key
5236599
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-09-01:
In this second foray into "writing London," Wolfreys (Univ. of Florida) moves away from the 19th century (treated in volume 1, Writing London: The Trace of the Urban Text from Blake to Dickens, CH, Mar'99, 36-3805) and toward contemporary writing, stopping briefly at fin de siecle treatments of London, with their gothic eeriness. Central to Wolfreys' project is London's "phantasmagoria" as mapped and demystified from the postwar period to the present, subject to the theoretical paradigms of Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin (especially the latter's Arcades project). Wolfreys focuses on the work of Elizabeth Bowen, Maureen Duffy, Peter Ackroyd, and Iain Sinclair (all underappreciated by US readers), tracing each text in an evocative process that transforms the passive "haunted" city into an actively "haunting" one. The material city, reimagined, is a "ghost town," oscillating, echoing, interactive. One "stalks" neighborhoods estranged or destroyed by war or redevelopment--or one is stalked by them. Thus, both writer and reader face "a cynical politics of urban obliteration." Wolfreys' vocabulary is postmodern, but one wants to read whatever he touches. This is a visually elegant book--though the photographs do less here than they did for the earlier volume--supported by helpful endnotes. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. F. Alaya emerita, Ramapo College of New Jersey
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Volume 2 of 'Writing London' explores through a range of readings of 20th 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.
Main Description
Succeeding 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.
Main Description
Succeeding 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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: London Disfigured
Stages
Staging the City: London at the Fin de Sibliog┬┐cle & Crises of Representation
Crises
'That particular psychic London': The Uncanny Example of Elizabeth Bowen
The Insatiable Crisis of Memory: Maureen Duffy'sCapital
Punctuations
Interventions
Peter Ackroyd and the 'endless variety' of the 'eternal city': Receiving 'London's haunted past'
Sites of Resistance, Sites of Memory: Iain Sinclair's 'delirious fictions' of London
Puntucations
Constellations
A Coincidence of Disparate Incidents: London Undone or, Seven Artists in Search of the City
Index
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