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Dickens and Demolition: Literary Afterlives and Mid-Nineteenth Century Urban Development

Joanna Hofer-Robinson


Dickens and Demolition is the first study to trace and measure the material impact of Charles Dickens’s fiction in London’s built environment. The book analyses debates surrounding large-scale metropolitan demolitions, modernisation or reform projects in the mid-nineteenth century and tracks a Dickensian vocabulary in these discussions across multiple media and fora, including written commentaries, parliamentary debates, theatre and the visual arts. It argues that tropes, characters and extracts from his fiction were repeatedly remediated to articulate and negotiate contemporary anxieties abou ... More

Keywords: Dickens, London, Afterlives, Remediation, Demolition, Modernisation, Theatre, Urban, Space, Material

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474420983
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Hofer-Robinson, author