UCL Urban Laboratory


Adam Walls

Twilight spaces: topographic literary analyses of the London lightscape, 1878-1930s

Supervisors: Prof Barbara Penner (primary), Prof Iain Borden (secondary), Prof Matthew Beaumont (secondary)

Twilight spaces investigates the cultural, spatial and political history of light and vision in London following the introduction of electric lighting in 1878. It does this through the method of "topographic literary analysis", whereby various literary representations of the city, detailing the experiences of a diverse set of both real and fictional subjects, are cross-referenced against historical narratives, as well as drawings, maps and photographs from the time, anchoring those experiences and subjectivities in relation to the environments and atmospheres within which they were produced.

Email: adam.walls.16@ucl.ac.uk