A network of inscrutable canyons: wartime London’s sensory landscapes.

Wasson, Sara-Patricia (2003) A network of inscrutable canyons: wartime London’s sensory landscapes. In: The Swarming Streets: Twentieth-Century Literary Representations of London. Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York, pp. 77-95. ISBN 9789042016637

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Sensory abundance has always been a hallmark of cities, but with the onset of World War II London’s sensory geography was transformed. The resulting city lacked many of the hallmarks of cities before or since, and novels, photographs, and even card games leapt to the task of understanding how one could move through this strange space. This chapter examines how this altered terrain was figured in several texts from the war, and answers two questions: first, how do wartime texts represent the city’s changed sensory geography? Second, what fantasies do these new sensescapes accrete?

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 9789042016637
Uncontrolled Keywords: sensory stimuli; London; sensory environment; creative representation; wartime;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 800 Literature > 800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
Library of Congress Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Item ID: 2282
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2008 11:45
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2014 12:45

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