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The Spiv and the ArchitectUnruly Life in Postwar London$
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Richard Hornsey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816653140

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816653140.001.0001

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City of Any Dream

City of Any Dream

(p.247) Conclusion City of Any Dream
The Spiv and the Architect

Richard Hornsey

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter surveys how in the late 1950s certain queer men found new ways of orienting themselves within the metropolitan landscape. It focuses on the queer journalist and novelist Colin MacInnes and his works, such as City of Spades, Absolute Beginners, and Mr. Love and Justice, which expressed an increased engagement with metropolitan consumerism, expansive urban media, and proliferating forms of popular culture. The chapter also analyzes MacInnes’ writings about the urban youth culture, in which he voiced a developing form of queer sensibility that is accustomed to the shifting metropolitan landscapes of the later 1950s.

Keywords:   queer men, Colin MacInnes, City of Spades, Absolute Beginners, Mr. Love and Justice, metropolitan consumerism, urban media, popular culture, queer sensibility

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