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London's Underground Spaces: Representing the Victorian City, 1840-1915

Haewon Hwang

Abstract

The construction of London's underground sewers, underground railway and suburban cemeteries created seismic shifts in the geography and the psychological apprehension of the city. Yet, why are there so few literary and aesthetic interventions in Victorian representations of subterranean spaces? What is London's answer to the Parisian sewers of Victor Hugo or the unflinching realism of Émile Zola's underworld? Where is the great English underground novel? This book explores this elision not as an absence of imaginative output, but a presence and plenitude of anxiety and fears that haunt the pa ... More

Keywords: Underground, Victoria, Modernity, Derrida, City, London

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748676071
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676071.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Haewon Hwang, author
University of Hong Kong