The Making of London by Sebastian Groes
London in Contemporary Literature

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London has become the focus of a ferocious imaginative energy since the rise of Thatcher. The Making of London analyses the body of exceptional work by writers who have unconditionally committed their writing to the many lives of a city undergoing complex transformations. The book traces a major shift in the representation of the capital city, from the postmodern obsession with textuality, the shoring up of London's myths against a declining social fabric, and an exuberant multicultural utopia, to an anxious post-9/11 metropolis that has fallen apart. Is London undone?

Authors covered include Maureen Duffy, Michael Moorcock, J. G. Ballard, Angela Carter, Iain Sinclair, Peter Ackroyd, Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Hanif Kureishi, Will Self, Zadie Smith and Monica Ali.

About Sebastian Groes

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SEBASTIAN GROES is Lecturer in English Literature at Roehampton University, London, UK. He has written extensively on modern and contemporary fiction, the London novel, and edited collections including Ian McEwan (Continuum, 2009), Kazuo Ishiguro (Continuum, 2010), Julian Barnes (2011) and Kazuo Ishiguro: Critical Visions of the Novels (Palgrave, 2011).
Published August 9, 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan. 336 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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"London's long and dense history make it, more than any other city, a fiction", claims Groes in this study of the way writers make and remake the city in their imaginations.

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