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In September 1666 the Great Fire destroyed four-fifths of the ancient commercial City of London. All that had been familiar, settled, known, was suddenly swept away, and Londoners faced an emptiness that was not only physical but also historical, social, financial, and conceptual. In this study Cynthia Wall reads the literature of Restoration and early-eighteenth-century London in the context of other texts such as sermons, royal proclamations, maps, and topographies, and shows how literature attempts to reinvest the city with "modern" meaning and create new spaces for new genres.Read more
- First comprehensive study of important aspect of the literature and culture of Restoration and eighteenth-century Britain
- Comprehensive coverage of canonical and non-canonical literary texts, together with sermons, proclamations, etc.
- 28 illustrations, including maps, charts and contemporary engravings
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"Wall approaches her subject with a clear purpose and she writes with a bewitchingly lucid prose. Her argument is penetrating, well-articulated, and immensely convincing. Wall cogently illuminates an extensive cultural reorganization of city-space. The Literacy and Cultural Spaces of London marks a significant contribution to both scholarship and methodology, redefining the very cultural space of contemporary criticism." Virginia Quarterly ReviewSee more reviews
"...a rich and subtle narrative...utterly convincing..." Studies in English Literature
"Cynthia Wall has provided a fuller account of the literary and cultural importance of the fire and its aftermath...ambitious and impressive." Modern Philology
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- Date Published: February 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521024204
- length: 296 pages
- dimensions: 245 x 170 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.468kg
- contains: 28 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Describing London:
1. The Great Fire and rhetorics of loss
2. Londini renascenti: the spaces of rebuilding
3. Redrawing London: maps and texts
Part II. Inhabiting London
4. The art of writing the streets of London
5. New narratives of public spaces: parks and shops
6. Narratives of private spaces: churches, houses and novels
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