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Conceiving the City: London, Literature, and Art 1870-1914 by Nicholas Freeman

By Nicholas Freeman

Conceiving the City is an leading edge examine of the ways that a iteration of late-Victorian novelists, poets, painters, and theoreticians tried to symbolize London in literature and paintings. Breaking clear of the language and elegance of Dickens and the static landscape work of William Powell Frith, significant figures akin to Henry James and J. M. Whistler, and, crucially, less-celebrated authors akin to Arthur Machen, Edwin Pugh, and George Egerton bent realism into intriguing new shapes. within the naturalism of George Gissing and Arthur Morrison, the fragmentary impressions of Ford Madox Ford, and the brooding secret of Alvin Langdon Coburn's photogravures, London emerged as a spotlight for dynamic, explicitly smooth paintings. even if lots of those insights will be disregarded or no less than downplayed via next generations, the guidelines advanced in the course of the interval from 1870 to 1914 count on not just the paintings of excessive modernists resembling Eliot and Woolf, but in addition that of later city theorists akin to Foucault and de Certeau, and the novels and travelogues of latest London writers Peter Ackroyd and Iain Sinclair. Nicholas Freeman recovers a feeling of late-Victorian London as a subject matter for dynamic theoretical and aesthetic experiments, and exhibits, in stimulating analyses of Conan Doyle, H. G. Wells, Arthur Symons, and others how a lot of our knowing of city area we owe to eminent (and no longer so eminent) Victorian figures. Written in a transparent and available variety, the e-book restores a much-needed old point of view to our engagement with the metropolis.

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