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The Urban Chronotope in Peter Ackroyd’s Fiction


Marta Komsta

The book discusses the evolution of the urban chronotope in the selected novels by Peter Ackroyd, an acclaimed British author. The examined narratives illustrate the transformation from the postmodern tenets of historiographic metafiction into a unique urban mythopoetics by means of a semiotic analysis.
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Chapter 2. A Lesson in Anatomy



A Lesson in Anatomy1

Whether we consider London as a young man refreshed and risen from sleep, […] or whether we lament its condition as a deformed giant, we must regard it as a human shape with its own laws of life and growth.

Peter Ackroyd,London. The Biography

In his 2000 London. The Biography, Ackroyd commences his exploration of the urbanscape with a section entitled “The city as body.” The writer puts forward a vision of the city as a living organism, a subject, not an object of a multifaceted investigation:

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