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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
"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
List of Illustrations
PART I: VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN LONDON ON THE PAGE
Chapter 1. London Commuting: Suburb and City, the Quotidian Frontier
Chapter 2. John Thomson’s London in Photographs
Chapter 3. Displacing Urban Man: Sherlock Holmes’s London
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
Chapter 6. The Aesthetics of Walking: Literary and Filmic Representations of London in Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent
PART II: THE MODERN AGE: LONDON IN IMAGE
Chapter 7. An Indescribable Blur: Film and London
Chapter 8. Shutting Out the City: Reflections on the Portrayal of London in 1960s Auteur Cinema
Chapter 9. London circa Sixty-six: The Map of the Film
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
Chapter 12. Coda: What Colour Is Time? Derek Jarman’s Soho
Notes on Contributors
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