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Fictions of the City

Class, Culture and Mass Housing in London and Paris

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Part of the Language, Discourse, Society book series (LDS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Matthew Taunton
    Pages 1-6
  3. Matthew Taunton
    Pages 7-48
  4. Matthew Taunton
    Pages 49-97
  5. Matthew Taunton
    Pages 98-138
  6. Matthew Taunton
    Pages 139-182
  7. Matthew Taunton
    Pages 183-186
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 187-204

About this book


Many studies of fictions of city life take the flâneur as the characteristic metropolitan type and streets and plazas as definitive urban spaces. Looking at novels and films set in London and Paris from  L'Assommoir  to Nil By Mouth , this book shows that mass housing is equally central to images of the modern city.


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About the authors

MATTHEW TAUNTON has taught at University College London, Birkbeck College, Goldsmiths College, Central St Martins and the Open University, UK. His research interests lie in British and French literature from the nineteenth century to the present, urban studies, media history and film. His journalism appears in the New Statesman and the Times Literary Supplement.

Bibliographic information


'...seamlessly combining contemporary debates in urban planning...this book challenges the traditional conformity associated with the prevailing views on mass housing.' - The Times Literary Supplement

'...[an] original and interesting book...this book makes an interesting contribution by combining urban studies with literature and cinema' - International Journal of Housing Policy