The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of London by Lawrence ManleyThe Cambridge Companion to the Literature of London by Lawrence Manley

The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of London

byLawrence Manley

Paperback | September 30, 2011

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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.
Title:The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of LondonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:322 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:September 30, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521722314

ISBN - 13:9780521722315


Table of Contents

Chronology; 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, 1900-1950 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; Further reading; Index.

Editorial Reviews

'The 15 contributors to this volume take us effortlessly, in a broad chronological sequence,from Chaucer's Southwark to Zadie Smith's Willesden through the works of many authors ... This book's scholarship is of a high order but it is written in a friendly style, which should engage any reader with an interest in London's literary history.' The Independent