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London Eyes: Reflections in Text and Image
Volume 13

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London Eyes

Reflections in Text and Image

Edited by Gail Cunningham and Stephen Barber

240 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-407-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (December 2007)

eISBN 978-1-78920-381-3 eBook

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"London Eyes provides paths through the city, chancing upon those stories that ultimately have the potential to change London, to see it with new eyes, casting new shadows and seeing new stories open up at many turns. This collection has at its heart a joyous fascination with the city and the texts, images and films that have contributed to our ideas about London. It was a wonderful opportunity to stumble upon some new panoramas."  ·  Film Philosophy


London incessantly generates and incites cultural responses, pre-eminently in the interconnected domains of literature and film. This book demonstrates that those responses have been sustained as vital experiments and engagements in configuring the city and its inhabitants. Including essays by prominent cultural, literary and film historians this volume forms an original and incisive contribution to ongoing debates about the city’s intricate cultural history and its construction through both language and image, as a crucial site of identity, desire, exile and displacement.

Gail Cunningham is Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University. Her recent publications include Houses in Between (CUP, 2004) Anna Lombard (Birmingham University Press, 2002) and He-Notes: Reconstructing Masculinity (Palgrave, 2000).

Stephen Barber is a Professor of Media Arts at Kingston University. His most recent publications include The Vanishing Map (Berg, 2006), Hijikata (Creation, 2006) and The Art of Destruction (Creation 2004). He has been awarded international prizes and awards for his work by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Getty Program, the Ford Foundation, the DAAD Berlin Artists and Writers Programme, the Annenberg Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, the Japan Foundation, the British Academy, the Daiwa Foundation, the Saison Foundation, and the London Arts Board.

Subject: Literary Studies Film and Television Studies Media Studies
Area: Europe


List of Illustrations

Gail Cunningham


Gail Cunningham

Chapter 1. London Commuting: Suburb and City, the Quotidian Frontier
Gail Cunningham

Chapter 2. John Thomson’s London in Photographs
Lindsay Smith

Chapter 3. Displacing Urban Man: Sherlock Holmes’s London
Andrew Smith

Chapter 4. Aestheticism ‘At Home’ in London: A. Mary F. Robinson and the Aesthetic Sect
Ana Parejo Vadillo

Chapter 5. ‘There’s more space within than without’: Agoraphobia and the Bildungsroman in Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage
Deborah Parsons

Chapter 6. The Aesthetics of Walking: Literary and Filmic Representations of London in Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent
Roger Webster


Stephen Barber

Chapter 7. An Indescribable Blur: Film and London
Stephen Barber

Chapter 8. Shutting Out the City: Reflections on the Portrayal of London in 1960s Auteur Cinema
Hugo Frey

Chapter 9. London circa Sixty-six: The Map of the Film
Roland-François Lack

Chapter 10. Representations of Dystopia and the Film City of London
Sara de Freitas

Chapter 11. Poodle Queens and the Great Dark Lad: Class, Masculinity and Suburban Trajectories in Gay London
Martin Dines

Chapter 12. Coda: What Colour Is Time? Derek Jarman’s Soho
Jeremy Reed

Notes on Contributors

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