Of all eras of London's history, the Victorian and Edwardian city continues to stimulate the literary, visual, and popular imaginations like no other. This collection explores the unique relationship between the literary, and more broadly, artistic imagination and experience of the Victorian and Edwardian city. It includes some major figures such as Wordsworth, Dickens, and James, but also other writers and artists who are all but forgotten. Bringing together some of the leading scholars working on representations of Victorian and Edwardian London, this collection will be of interest to scholars, researchers and students working on literary London and more broadly the urban in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries.
1. Lawrence PHILLIPS: Introduction: A Mighty Mass of Brick and Smoke 2. L.J. NICOLETTI: Morbid Topographies: Placing Suicide in Victorian London 3. Efraim SICHER: The `Attraction of Repulsion': Dickens, Modernity, and Representation 4. Adam HANSEN: Exhibiting Vagrancy, 1851: Victorian London and the `Vagabond Savage' 5. David SKILTON: `When Dreams are Coming': Wordsworth, Jefferies and Visions of the London Crowd 6. Philip TEW: James Thomson's London: Beyond the Apocalyptic Vision of the City 7. Keith WILSON: Surveying Victorian and Edwardian Londoners: George R. Sims' Living London 8. Dehn GILMORE: Rehearsals, Refutations, Representation: Gissing's New Grub Street and the Problem of an Urban Realism 9. Julian WOLFREYS: The Hieroglyphic Other: The Beetle, London, and the Abyssal Subject 10. Alan ROBINSON: Socio-Spatial Relations in Henry James' The Wings of the Dove 11. Lawrence PHILLIPS: Jack London and the East End: Socialism, Imperialism and the Bourgeois Ethnographer 12. Anne WITCHARD: Thomas Burke: Son of London 13. Samantha MATTHEWS: The London Necropolis: Suburban Cemeteries and the Necropolitan Imaginary Notes on Contributors Index