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The London Underground Diagram: Between Palimpsest and Canon
University College London.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9572-5922
2013 (English)In: The London Journal, ISSN 0305-8034, Vol. 38, no 3, 245-264 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper demonstrates how the London Underground Diagram can be characterized as both palimpsest and canon, contributing to the collective memory and identity of London as a representational component of the cultural landscape of the London Underground. It explicitly considers the processes that have determined the increasing canonization of the diagram and the normative past that it embodies since its inception in 1931 by: investigating its design history and context of success; reviewing its popular iconization and the official acknowledgement of its origins; highlighting the history of its copyright and commercialization; charting the creative phenomenon of map-mashing and its copyright consequences; and questioning the diagram’s status in a continuing digital world.

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Maney Publishing, 2013. Vol. 38, no 3, 245-264 p.
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Canonization; Copyright; Henry C. Beck; London Underground Diagram; Mash-up
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-110071DOI: 10.1179/0305803413Z.00000000033OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-110071DiVA: diva2:860998
Available from: 2015-10-14 Created: 2015-10-14 Last updated: 2015-10-14

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