Victorian Babylon: People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth-Century London / Edition 1

Victorian Babylon: People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth-Century London / Edition 1

by Lynda Nead
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300085052

ISBN-13: 9780300085051

Pub. Date: 10/28/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this fascinating and innovative look at nineteenth-century London, Lynda Nead offers a new account of modernity and metropolitan life. She charts the relationship between London's formation into a modern organized city in the 1860s and the emergence of new types of production and consumption of visual culture. She considers the role visual images played in the…  See more details below

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In this fascinating and innovative look at nineteenth-century London, Lynda Nead offers a new account of modernity and metropolitan life. She charts the relationship between London's formation into a modern organized city in the 1860s and the emergence of new types of production and consumption of visual culture. She considers the role visual images played in the creation of a vibrant and diverse urban culture and how new kinds of publics were created for these representations. Shifting the focus of the history of modernity from Paris to London, Nead here argues for a different understanding of gender and public space in a society where women joined the everyday life of city streets and entered the debates concerning morality, spectacle, and adventure.

The book draws on texts and images of many kinds—including acts of Parliament, literature, newspaper reports, private letters, maps, paintings, advertisements, posters, and banned obscene publications. Taking a highly interdisciplinary approach, Nead explores such intriguing topics as the efforts of urban improvers to move water, air, traffic, goods, and people in the Victorian metropolis; the impact of gas lighting and glass on urban leisure; and the obscenity legislation that emerged in response to new forms of visual mass culture that were perceived as dangerous and pervasive.

About the Author:
Lynda Nead teaches history of art at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of Myths of Sexuality: Representations of Victorian Women and The Female Nude: Art, Obscenity and Sexuality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300085051
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
8.09(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Mapping and movement
1Maps and sewers14
2Great Victorian ways27
3Speaking to the eye57
4'The rape of the glances'62
5A narrative of footsteps74
6A balloon ascent79
Pt. 2Gas and light
1A night ascent84
2Daylight by night87
3Secrets of the gas101
4Cremorne pleasure gardens109
5The last of Cremorne140
Pt. 3Streets and obscenity
1Moral poisons150
2Holywell street : the London Ghetto161
3From alleys to courts : obscenity and the mapping of mid-Victorian London189
4Temple bar203
5Reflections on the ruins of London212

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