Excavating London’s St Giles as Imaginative Place: Towards a dialogic relationship between literary studies and the urban humanities

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Jason Finch
Publisher: Yhdyskuntasuunnittelun seura
Publication year: 2016
Journal: Yhdyskuntasuunnittelu
Volume number: 54
Issue number: 2
eISSN: 1459-6806


This article analyses the territory of St Giles, a neighbourhood today in central London. It apples Deep Locational Criticism (Finch 2016), a scholarly practice insisting on the interpretative application of multiple methodologies to what it labels as imaginative place conceptions. In London, St Giles is already known for its squalid past. But London’s localisms and often unique vocabularies can prove hard to relate to developments elsewhere. For workers in literary studies and the urban humanities alike, places like St Giles are revealing of moments when cities explode in size, when mass urbanization happens very fast, with local government and infrastructures struggling to catch up.


Deep locational criticism, London, Place, St Giles (London neighbourhood), Urban history, Urban humanities

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