How is the City Written

How is the City Written

For this assessment you are required to produce a 2,500 word essay in which you answer the question ‘how is the city written?’

The title is deliberately broad. It enables you to examine at greater length any single idea or set of ideas that you come across during your reading, discussions and

further research. You might compare and contrast two theorists who understand the city as a ‘social text’ for instance; or you might explore the contemporary political

implications of avant garde writing about the city – such as the Situationists, etc…

To give you an indication of what is expected of you in terms of ‘engagement’, ‘evidence’, ‘understanding’ and ‘quality’, examples of student work from previous years

will be made available as attached addition files in my account

Writing the Essay please use following theories. It is VERY IMPORTANT to use this theories.

Forms, methods, materials – Lonely Planet, 2013. ‘Introduction: The Art of Good Travel Writing’, from The Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing, London: Lonely Planet,

pp. 6-23; Sandhu, Sukhdev., 2007. ‘Fugitive Texts: Graffiti Writers’ and ‘in Night Haunts. London: Artangel, pp. 80-89 (full text also available online:

Surrealism and Situationism / The marvellous in the everyday – Coverley, Merlin, 2010. ‘Psychogeography and Surrealism’ in Pstchogeography, Harpenden: Pocket

Essentials, pp. 72-110; Debord, Guy., 1996. ‘Theory of the dérive’ [1936]. reprinted in Andreotti and Costa, eds. 1996. Theory of the Derive and Other Situationist

Writings of the City, Barcelona: ACTAR, pp 22-27

Psychogeography /Field trips – Certeau, Michel de., ‘Walking in the City’ in The Practice of Everyday Life. Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California

Press, pp.91-110; Sinclair, Iain. 2009. ‘At large in a “fictional” Hackney’. [Online] available at:

sinclair [Accessed at 28 September 2012; Sinclair, Iain. 2011. ‘Westfield Wonderland’ in Ghostmilk: Calling Time on the Grand Project, London: Verso, no pagination.

Ghostsigns – Roberts, Sam and Sebastian Groes, 2007. ‘Ghostisgns: London’s fading Spectacle of History’, Literary London: Interdisciplinary Studies in the

Representation of London, 5:2. URL:

‘The man of the crowd’ – Poe, Edgar Allan., 1996. ‘The man of the crowd’ in Tales of Mystery and Imagination. London: Longman, pp.254-287; Woolf, Virginia., 2005.

‘Street Haunting: A London Adventure’ in Street Haunting. London: Penguin, pp.1-15; Wilson, Elizabeth. (1992) ‘The Invisible Flaneur’, New Left Review 190, pp. 90-110.

Gender and urban experience – McLuhan, Marshall, 2001. Understanding Media [1964], New York and London: Routledge, pp. 3-6.

Media as ‘the extensions of man’ – Varnelis, Kazys and Friedberg, Anne. 2008. ‘Place: The Networking of Public Space’ in Varnelis ed. Networked Publics, Cambridge,

Mass.: MIT Press, pp.15-42. Available online:

Self and community in the network society –; Mary Flanagan. 2009. ‘Artist’s Locative games’ in Critical play: radical game design. MIT Press,

pp. 189-222; Henry Jenkins. 2006. ‘"Complete Freedom of Movement": Video Games as Gendered Play Spaces’ [1998] in Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman eds. The

Game Design Reader: A Rules of PLay Anthology, MIT Press, pp. 330-363.

Pervasive gaming – Extracts from Sontag, Susan, 1979. On Photography. Harmondsworth: Penguin; Price, Derrick. 2000. ‘Surveyors and Surveyed: Photography Out and About’

in Liz Wells ed.The Photography Reader, London and New York: Routledge. pp 95-93.