G.K. Chesterton, London and Modernity by Matthew BeaumontG.K. Chesterton, London and Modernity by Matthew Beaumont

G.K. Chesterton, London and Modernity

EditorMatthew Beaumont, Matthew Ingleby

Paperback | February 25, 2016

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G. K. Chesterton, London and Modernity is the first book to explore the persistent theme of the city in Chesterton's writing. Situating him in relation to both Victorian and Modernist literary paradigms, the book explores a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to address the way his imaginative investments and political interventions conceive urban modernity and the central figure of London. While Chesterton's work has often been valued for its wit and whimsy, this book argues that he is also a distinctive urban commentator, whose sophistication has been underappreciated in comparison to more canonical contemporaries. With chapters written by leading scholars in the field of 20th-century literature, the book also provides fresh readings and suggests new contexts for central texts such as The Man Who Was Thursday, The Napoleon of Notting Hill and the Father Brown stories. It also discusses lesser-known works, such as Manalive and The Club of Queer Trades, drawing out their significance for scholars interested in urban representation and practice in the first three decades of the 20th century.
Matthew Beaumont is Senior Lecturer in English, University College London, UK. His previous books include The Task of the Critic: Terry Eagleton in Dialogue. Matthew Ingleby is Lecturer in Victorian Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, UK.
Title:G.K. Chesterton, London and ModernityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.65 inPublished:February 25, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1474275656

ISBN - 13:9781474275651


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements List of Contributors Introduction Matthew Ingleby 1 Why Chesterton Loved London Michael D. Hurley 2 The Chestertonian City: A Singularly Plural Approach Lynne Hapgood 3 Signs Taken for Wonders: Adverts and Sacraments in Chesterton's London Mark Knight 4 Chesterton, Machen and the Invisible City Nick Freeman 5 The Knight Errant in the Street: Chesterton, Childe Roland and the City Matthew Beaumont 6 Queer Clubs and Queer Trades: G. K. Chesterton, Homosociality and the City Merrick Burrow 7 Chesterton and the Romance of Burglary Matthew Ingleby 8 A Playground for Adults: Urban Recreation in Chesterton's Detective Fiction Michael Shallcross 9 Estranging the Everyday: G. K. Chesterton's Urban Modernism Colin Cavendish-Jones 10 Distributism and the City Matthew Taunton Afterword: The Unremarkable Chesterton Julian Wolfreys Index

Editorial Reviews

This is an important and wide-ranging collection of essays that no Chestertonian can afford to miss, particularly given that Chesterton studies, on an upswing though they may be of late, still constitute a far from oversubscribed area for scholarly attention.