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

  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?

  • Type:

    Book Chapter

  • Date:

    30 November 2002

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Rodopi

  • Library of Congress:

    PN0080 Criticism

Citation

Wasson, S. (2002). A network of inscrutable canyons: wartime London’s sensory landscapes. In Phillips, L. (Ed.). The Swarming Streets: Twentieth-Century Literary Representations of London, 77-95. Rodopi. ISBN 9789042016637

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Keywords

sensory stimuli; London; sensory environment; creative representation; wartime;

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