The Urban Chronotope in Peter Ackroyd’s Fiction
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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