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The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of London

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Lawrence Manley, Ralph Hanna, Jean E. Howard, Adrian Johns, Brean Hammond, Laura J. Rosenthal, Cynthia Wall, William Sharpe, Rosemarie Bodenheimer, Shearer West, Peter Barry, Leo Mellor, John C. Ball, John McLeod, James Donald
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  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521722315

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  • London has provided the setting and inspiration for a host of literary works in English, from canonical masterpieces to the popular and ephemeral. Drawing upon a variety of methods and materials, the essays in this volume explore the London of Langland and the Peasants' Rebellion, of Shakespeare and the Elizabethan stage, of Pepys and the Restoration coffee house, of Dickens and Victorian wealth and poverty, of Conrad and the Empire, of Woolf and the wartime Blitz, of Naipaul and postcolonial immigration, and of contemporary globalism. Contributions from historians, art historians, theorists and media specialists as well as leading literary scholars exemplify current approaches to genre, gender studies, book history, performance studies and urban studies. In showing how the tradition of English literature is shaped by representations of London, this volume also illuminates the relationship between the literary imagination and the society of one of the world's greatest cities.

    • Covers literature about and written in London and London literary culture from the Middle Ages to the present
    • Uses a number of different approaches from gender studies and postcolonial studies to the history of the book
    • Authors discussed include Langland, Shakespeare, Pepys, Dickens, Conrad, Woolf and Naipaul
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    "The new Cambridge Companion to the Literature of London, edited by Lawrence Manley, is an important new resource book for students and scholars alike."
    Recent Studies in the Nineteenth Century

    "… Brean Hammond considers 'London and Poetry to 1750' … specifically London landmarks poetry. In his article Hammond traces the poetic tradition of responding to the city, and articulates the continuities between Donne and Dryden and Pope."
    The Eighteenth Century

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521722315
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Lawrence Manley
    1. Images of London in medieval English literature Ralph Hanna
    2. London and the early modern stage Jean E. Howard
    3. London and the early modern book Adrian Johns
    4. 'Sweet Thames! Run softly': London and poetry to 1750 Brean Hammond
    5. Upon the town: staging London in the Restoration and eighteenth century Laura J. Rosenthal
    6. London and narration in the long eighteenth century Cynthia Wall
    7. London and nineteenth-century poetry William Sharpe
    8. City walkers: London in the Victorian novel Rosemarie Bodenheimer
    9. London in Victorian visual culture Shearer West
    10. London in poetry since 1900 Peter Barry
    11. London and modern prose, 1900–50 Leo Mellor
    12. Immigration and postwar London literature John C. Ball
    13. London eyes: writing London in the twenty-first century John McLeod
    14. Inner London James Donald
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  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • British Literature to 1800
    • Chaucer and His Contemporaries
    • English Literary History
    • Honors Seminar: Culture and Memory in Britain
    • Literary Engliand& Literary London
    • Literature of London
    • Major Writers in World Literature
  • Author

    Lawrence Manley, Yale University, Connecticut
    Lawrence Manley is William R. Kenan, Jr Professor of English at Yale University, Connecticut.


    Lawrence Manley, Ralph Hanna, Jean E. Howard, Adrian Johns, Brean Hammond, Laura J. Rosenthal, Cynthia Wall, William Sharpe, Rosemarie Bodenheimer, Shearer West, Peter Barry, Leo Mellor, John C. Ball, John McLeod, James Donald

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