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

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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.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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

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