Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: London in space and time: Peter Ackroyd and Will Self
Authors: Green, A
Keywords: Literature;London;Place;Space;Psychogeography;Language;16-19 literary studies;Culture;Reading theory
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: University of Waikato
Citation: English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 12(2), 28 - 40, 2013
Abstract: This paper explores the treatment of London by two authors who are profoundly influenced by the concept of the power of place and the nature of urban space. The works of Peter Ackroyd, whose writings embody, according to Onega (1997, p. 208) “[a] yearning for mythical closure” where London is “a mystic centre of power” – spiritual, transhistorical and cultural – are considered alongside those of Will Self, who explores the city’s psychogeography as primarily a political, economic and cultural artefact. The paper draws on original interviews undertaken by the author with Ackroyd and Self. Both authors’ works are available for literary study during the 16-19 phase in the UK, and this paper explores how personal delineations of the urban environment are shaped by space and language. It goes on to consider how authors’ and students’ personal understandings of space and place can be used as pedagogical and theoretical lenses to “read” the city in the 16-19 literature classroom.
Description: Copyright @ 2013 the author. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
ISSN: 1175-8708
Appears in Collections:Education
Dept of Education Research Papers

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Fulltext.pdf1.3 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in BURA are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.