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Indicative Contexts Reading List 2016/2017


  • Charles Baudelaire, ‘Tableaux Parisiens’ (Poems LXXXVI-CIII) from Les Fleurs du Mal, ed. by E. Starkie (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1959).
  • Sophie Calle, Double Game (Violette Editions, 2007)
  • Charles Baudelaire, ‘The Painter of Modern Life’ in The Painter of Modern Life and other essays (London: Phaidon, 2001).Walter Benjamin, ‘The Flâneur’ from Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism (London: Verso Books).
  • Rachel Bowlby, ‘Walking, Women and Writing: Virginia Woolf as flâneuse’, in Still Crazy After All these Years (London: Routledge, 1992).
  • Mary Ann Caws, The Surrealist Look: An Erotics of Encounter (MIT Press, 1997)
  • Lauren Elkin, Flâneuse: the (Feminine) Art of Walking in Cities (London: Chatto & Windus, 2016)
  • F.T. Marinetti, ‘The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism’, in Apollonio, Umbro, ed. Documents of 20th Century Art: Futurist Manifestos. Brain, Robert, R.W. Flint, J.C. Higgitt, and Caroline Tisdall, trans. (New York: Viking Press, 1973).


  • Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell, From Hell (1996; Knockabout, 2006)
  • Selections from Oscar Zarate (ed.), It’s Dark in London (Self Made Hero, 2012)
  • Patrick Keiller, London and Robinson in Space (1994; BFI DVD, 2012)
  • Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle (1967; Rebel Press, 1992)
  • Stewart Home, Mind Invaders: A Reader in Psychic Warfare, Cultural Sabotage and Semiotic Terrorism (Serpent's Tail, 1997)
  • Patrick Keiller, The View from the Train: Cities and Other Landscapes (Verso Books, 2014)
  • Will Self and Ralph Steadman, Psychogeography (Bloomsbury, 2007)
  • Iain Sinclair, London Orbital (Penguin, 2003)


  • J.G. Ballard, Crash (London: Fourth Estate, 2014)
  • J.G. Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition, first published 1970, rev.edn. (London, HarperPerennial, 2006)
  • Marc Augé, Non-places, John Howe, trans. (London; New York: Verso, 1995).
  • Nicholas Daly, Literature, Technology and Modernity: 1860—2000 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).


  • Zadie Smith, NW (2012)
  • Ben Lerner, 10:04 (Granta, 2015)
  • Gary Day,Class (The New Critical Idiom) (Routledge, 2001)
  • Lawrence Driscoll, Evading Class in Contemporary British Literature (Palgrave, 2011)
  • Writers For The 99%, Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story Of An Action That Changed America (Scribe Publications, 2012)
  • Philip Tew (ed),Reading Zadie Smith: The First Decade and Beyond (Bloomsbury, 2013)


  • Jean Toomer, Cane (1923; Norton Critical Editions, 2011)Langston Hughes, Collected Poems (Vintage, 1995)
  • Houston A. Baker, Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance (University of Chicago Press, 1989)
  • Langston Hughes, The Big Sea (Knopf, 1940)
  • Alain Locke (ed.), The New Negro (1925; Touchstone, 1999)
  • Richard Powell (ed.), Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance (University of California Press, 1997)


  • Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Mystery of Marie Roget’, ‘The Purloined Letter’
  • Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear
  • Chandler, Raymond, ‘The Simple Art of Murder’, in Pearls Are a Nuisance
  • Knight, Stephen, Crime Fiction 1800-2000 (2004)
  • Strabnick, Amy Gilman, The Mysterious Death of Mary Rogers (1995)


  • Gore Vidal, The City and the Pillar (1948)
  • Andrew Holleran,Dancer from the Dance (1978)
  • Oscar Moore, A Matter of Life and Sex (1991)
  • Edmund White, The Farewell Symphony (1997)
  • Les Brookes, Gay Male Fiction Since Stonewall: Ideology, Conflict, and Aesthetics
  • (New York: Routledge, 2009)
  • Guy Davidson, Queer Commodities: Contemporary US Fiction, Consumer Capitalism, and Gay and Lesbian Subcultures (New York: Palgrave, 2012)
  • Stevens, Hugh, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Gay and Lesbian Writing (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011).


  • David Lynch, Mulholland Drive (2002)
  • F.S. Fitzgerald, The Last Tycoon, (Penguin Classics: London, 2010).
  • N. West, The Day of the Locust, (Penguin: London, 2006).
  • M. Davis, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, (Verso: London; New York, 2006).
  • J. Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation, (University of Michigan Press: Ann Arbor, 1994).
  • J. Fante, Ask the Dust, (Black Sparrow: Santa Barbara, 1980).
  • E. Waugh, The Loved One: an Anglo-American Tragedy, (Penguin: London, 2011).
  • R. Chandler, The Long Goodbye, (Hamish Hamilton: London, 2009).
  • B. Wilder, Sunset Boulevard, (University of California Press: Berkeley, Calif.; London, 1999).


  • William Basinski, The Disintegration Loops
  • Tom McCarthy, Remainder (London: Vintage, 2005)
  • Maurice Blanchot, The Writing of the Disaster, trans. Ann Smock (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1986)
  • Simon Critchley and Tom McCarthy, ‘Derail Yourself’, The International Necronautical
  • Society, ‘Declaration on the Notion of the Future,’ The Believer, November/December 2010.
  • Ross Hamilton, Accident (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007)
  • Paul Virilio, The Original Accident (Cambridge: Polity, 2007)


  • Georges Perec, ‘Species of Spaces’ (1974), in Species of Spaces and Other Pieces
  • (Penguin), ed. and trans. John Sturrock
  • J. G. Ballard, ‘Billennium’ (1961) and ‘The Enormous Space’ (1989), in The Complete Short Stories of J. G. Ballard (Fourth Estate)
  • Harold Pinter, The Room (1957) and The Caretaker(1960)
  • Georges Perec, Life: A User’s Manual, trans. David Bellos (1987)
  • Clive Donner (dir.), The Caretaker (1963)
  • Richard Curson Smith (dir.), Home (2003)
  • Our House: The Representation of Domestic Space in Modern Culture (Rodopi, 2006)
  • Chiara Briganti and Kathy Mezei (ed.), The Domestic Space Reader
  • (University of Toronto, 2012)