Victorian Urban Settings: Essays on the Nineteenth-Century City and Its Contexts

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This volume of 13 original interdisciplinary essays surveys the relationship of Victorian works and the urban experience that shaped them. Each essay addresses how the selection or rejection of an urban setting provide the context for a representative product of Victorian art or culture.
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Surveys the imaging and interpretation of the Victorian city and its influence on art and science, in 13 essays from the 1993 annual meeting of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association. The topics include mapping disease in London's east end, Dickens and the theater of homelessness, communities of singing women in the novels of Alisa M. Clapp, photography and the London poor, and architecture and academic ethos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Introduction: An Age of Great Cities 3
1 Commercial Sites: The Early Victorian Development of Cannon Street 26
2 Mapping Contagion in Victorian London: Disease in the East End 43
3 Symbols of Success in Suburbia: The Establishment of Artists' Communities in Late Victorian London 57
4 London, Dickens, & the Theatre of Homelessness 74
5 Disvaluing the Popular: London Street Culture, "Industrial Literacy," and the Emergence of Mass Culture in Victorian England 89
6 The City, the Country, and Communities of Singing Women: Music in the Novels of Elizabeth Gaskell 114
7 "Oor Location": Scotswomen Poets and the Transition from Rural to Urban Culture 133
8 Re-forming London: George Cruikshank and the Victorian Age 157
9 Photography and the Image of the London Poor 179
10 Midnight Scenes and Social Photographs: Thomas Annan's Glasgow 195
11 Lessons in Stone: Architecture and Academic Ethos in an Urban Setting 214
Notes on Contributors 230
Index 235
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