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Isolarion: A Different Oxford Journey By James Attlee

Isolarion: A Different Oxford Journey
by James Attlee

From a sojourn in a sensory-deprivation tank to a furtive visit to an unmarked pornography emporium, this work investigates each aspect of the Cowley Road's appealingly eclectic culture, where halal shops jostle with craft jewelers and nightclubs pulsate alongside quiet churchyards.

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"Isolarion" takes its title from a type of fifteenth-century map that isolates an area in order to present it in detail, and that's just what James Attlee does here for Cowley Road in Oxford. The former site of a leper hospital, a workhouse, and a medieval well said to have miraculous healing powers, Cowley Road has little to do with the dreaming spires of the tourist's or student's Oxford.From a sojourn in a sensory-deprivation tank to a furtive visit to an unmarked pornography emporium, the sharp-eyed Attlee investigates every aspect of the Cowley Road's appealingly eclectic culture, where halal shops jostle with craft jewelers and nightclubs pulsate alongside quiet churchyards.Drawing inspiration from sources ranging from Robert Burton's "The Anatomy of Melancholy" to contemporary art, Attlee is a charming and congenial guide who revels in the extraordinary embedded in the everyday. "Isolarion" is at once a road movie, a quixotic stand against uniformity, and a rousing hymn in praise of the complex, invigorating nature of the twenty-first-century city.

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GOR003793662
Isolarion: A Different Oxford Journey
James Attlee
Used - Very Good
Hardback
The University of Chicago Press
2007-03-06
256
0226030938
9780226030937
N/A
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