Railways and the Victorian Imagination

Railways and the Victorian Imagination

by Michael Freeman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300079702

ISBN-13: 9780300079708

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Yale University Press

This richly illustrated account of the railway age in Britain shows how newly constructed railways transformed not only the landscape and economics but also the very culture of the nation. Michael Freeman examines the centrality of the railway in literature, art, and the public imagination as well as the financial and speculative developments of the time,

Overview

This richly illustrated account of the railway age in Britain shows how newly constructed railways transformed not only the landscape and economics but also the very culture of the nation. Michael Freeman examines the centrality of the railway in literature, art, and the public imagination as well as the financial and speculative developments of the time, illuminating Victorian life and the new world the railways made.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300079708
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements vi
Prologue 1(8)
INTRODUTION 9(232)
The devil's mantle
9(9)
The railway as a cultural metaphor
18(9)
Death of the Old Order?
27(30)
Railways and reform
27(8)
The decay of the bonds between community and territory
35(3)
The death of nature
38(19)
The 'March of Intellect'
57(34)
The age of science and statistics
57(21)
Railways and geography
78(4)
Railways and the world of everyday living
82(9)
Capital
91(30)
Steam railway capitalism
91(8)
The wider culture of capital
99(6)
Centralization and combination of capital
105(4)
Class and class consciousness
109(8)
The emancipation of the third class
117(4)
Urbanization
121(28)
Creative destruction
122(11)
Suburbia
133(7)
Circulation
140(9)
Territory
149(24)
The compartmentalization of space
149(4)
Configurations of territory
153(9)
Territorial 'clearing'
162(2)
Commodity flows and territory
164(2)
Preferential rates
166(5)
Light railways
171(2)
Labour
173(22)
The railway navvies
173(7)
Railway service
180(15)
Education and Social Reproduction
195(20)
'Educating Willy'
196(7)
Board games and jig-saw puzzles
203(4)
Sheet music
207(5)
Toy trains
212(3)
Representations in Art
215(26)
Pictorial production and consumption
215(6)
Pictorial format
221(7)
Pictorial subject
228(13)
EPILOGUE 241(5)
The Victorian railway as 'all the world'
241(1)
The Victorian railway as exhibition
242(4)
Notes 246(13)
Picture Credits 259(1)
Index 260

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