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Posted By: Spleen Cringe
23-Nov-10 - 08:14 AM
Thread Name: Psychogeography and Folk
Subject: RE: Psychogeography and Folk
Help me out here - never quite sure what makes something specifically "psychogeography" rather than more generally books about places and the the people in them. For example, would George Ewart Evans' wonderful books about Blaxhall ("The Pattern Beneath the Plough", "Ask the Fellows who Mow the Hay" etc) be counted as psychogeographical precursors or folklore/anthropology? And what about Keith Warrander's two books exploring underground Manchester - mixing architectural, engineering and social history and a throwing a few other bits and pieces into the pot?

Is it partly about the way a writer like Iain Sinclair writes himself into the story rather than being a self-effacing observer?