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Introduction: maps of the London Underground

Brian Baker

in Iain Sinclair

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780719069048
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700891 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719069048.003.0001
Introduction: maps of the London Underground

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This chapter introduces Iain Sinclair, who is a good example of the figure of the visionary outsider, and the author of known works such as Edge of the Orison and Lud Heat. It first presents a general description of Sinclair and his works, and then turns to his change of focus that corresponds to what has been called as the ‘spatial turn’ in social and critical theory. It shows that walking is Sinclair's practice of studying the spatial configurations modern life. Here, the chapter focuses on flâneur and the practice of ‘tactical’ walking.

Keywords: Iain Sinclair; visionary outsider; spatial turn; critical theory; spatial configurations; flâneur; tactical walking

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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