9 Books About Psychogeography

Rethink the places you thought you knew

Psychogeography is a way of exploring places and human relationships with them. It crosses through genres and forms of books, being interpreted or utilized by writers to bring otherwise inaccessible dimensions to their books. You can read more about it here and you can learn more about the origins of psychogeography as a very undisciplined discipline from books attempting to explain the concept (Coverley) and its origins (McKenzie Wark).

These are a selection of publications which showcase different and dazzling results of psychogeography being used by writers. Some interrogate the ways cities exist through how we perceive them in order to reveal themes and create plot and structure (Mieville and Calvino). Some re-imagine famous landmarks (Moore) and liminal spaces (Ballard) within cities to create monstrous new environments which reflect anxieties about places we readers think we know. Some are almost like psychogeography travelogues (Perec & Sinclair), wonderfully unique accounts of real world spaces discovered through psychogeographic focus.

Two collections of essays embracing psychogeography, and providing the perfect perspective on the sheer subjectivity and value of its approach round off the list (Solnit & Self).

From Hell by Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, Pete Mullins

9. From Hell

Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
Tags: travel, city