Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Office in the Sky

My review of Merrill Schleier, Skyscraper Cinema (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009) appears in the TLS for 21/5/2010.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Worlds Made of Concrete and Celluloid

I have an essay called 'Worlds Made of Concrete and Celluloid: The London Council Estate in Nil By Mouth and Wonderland' appearing in Cultural Ways of Worldmaking: Media and Narratives ed. by Vera NĂ¼nning, Ansgar NĂ¼nning & Birgit Neumann (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010). 

The book collects responses to and applications of Nelson Goodman's book Ways of Worldmaking, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. My contribution examines London council estates in film, comparing two quite different depictions in the context of Goodman's notion of 'worldmaking'. The book is coming out next month and also contains essays by my London Consortium colleagues Ben Dawson, Stephen Sale, and Steven Connor. Details are here.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Literary London 2010

I'm going to be giving a paper at the forthcoming Literary London conference, to be held at the IES from the 7th-9th July. For a number of reasons beyond my control I've never attended this before so I'm particularly excited. I'll be giving a paper called 'De-centring London: The Politics of Localism in G.K. Chesterton's The Napoleon of Notting Hill'. This is part of a larger project about which more soon...