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Driven to the margins

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/9780719069048.003.0007
Driven to the margins

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This chapter assesses the impact of the Millennium Dome, a structure that is believed to have been a part of an ideological project to negotiate the seeming fracture of a unified British ‘identity’. It introduces the ‘spectator of modernity’, which is the flâneur, who is able to take in the city as a totality, and a formulation that joins together with the subjectivity questioned by the modern nation-state. It then looks at Sinclair's move from the centre to the margins and his interest in studying the repressed, forgotten and suppressed. Finally, it shows how London is marked with histories of oppression and histories of resistance.

Keywords: Millennium Dome; British identity; spectator of modernity; flâneur; margins; histories of oppression; histories of resistance

Chapter.  8941 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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