Walking in the City

Urban Experience and Literary Psychogeography in Eighteenth-Century London

  • Catharina Löffler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Catharina Löffler
    Pages 1-18
  3. Conceptualising and Historicising Psychogeography

  4. London Imaginaries: Walking Experiences in a Changing City

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Catharina Löffler
      Pages 127-183
    3. Catharina Löffler
      Pages 215-264
    4. Catharina Löffler
      Pages 265-292
    5. Catharina Löffler
      Pages 319-327
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 329-357

About this book


In this book, Catharina Löffler traces the psycho-physical experiences of London walkers in eighteenth-century literature. For this purpose, readings of fascinating, exciting, comical and sometimes disturbing texts grant insights into a culturally, historically and socially significant time in the history of London and make this book a tour of London as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of fictional eighteenth-century urban walkers. Uniting concepts of literary theory, urban studies and psychogeography, Löffler approaches a cross-generic range of literary texts that design uniquely subjective visions and versions of the city. A journey through the fictions and factions of eighteenth-century London, this book provides a compelling read for anyone interested in the history and literature of the English capital.


  • London in Literature 
  • Psychogeography and Psycho-Physical Experiences of the City
  • London Walkers
  • Mobility in Eighteenth-Century London

 Target Groups

  • Lecturers and students of (English) literary and cultural studies, history, urban studies
  • Historians, journalists, cultural scientists, literary scholars, sociologists, urban researchers

The Author
Catharina Löffler holds a degree of English literature and music, and is a lecturer of English literary and cultural studies at Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany.


William Wordsworth Grub Street Literature Urban Imaginary England Mobility imagined cities Urban Imaginary modernisation of London Flâneur

Authors and affiliations

  • Catharina Löffler
    • 1
  1. 1.Justus-Liebig Universität Gießen GiessenGermany

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