The Literary And Cultural Spaces Of Restoration London by Cynthia WallThe Literary And Cultural Spaces Of Restoration London by Cynthia Wall

The Literary And Cultural Spaces Of Restoration London

byCynthia Wall

Paperback | February 13, 2006

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In September 1666 the Great Fire destroyed four-fifths of the ancient commercial City of London. All that had been familiar, settled, known, was suddenly swept away, and Londoners faced an emptiness that was not only physical but also historical, social, financial, and conceptual. In this study Cynthia Wall reads the literature of Restoration and early-eighteenth-century London in the context of other texts such as sermons, royal proclamations, maps, and topographies, and shows how literature attempts to reinvest the city with "modern" meaning and create new spaces for new genres.
Title:The Literary And Cultural Spaces Of Restoration LondonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 0.63 inPublished:February 13, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052102420X

ISBN - 13:9780521024204


Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; Part I. Describing London: 1. The Great Fire and rhetorics of loss; 2. Londini renascenti: the spaces of rebuilding; 3. Redrawing London: maps and texts; Part II. Inhabiting London; 4. The art of writing the streets of London; 5. New narratives of public spaces: parks and shops; 6. Narratives of private spaces: churches, houses and novels; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Cynthia Wall has provided a fuller account of the literary and cultural importance of the fire and its aftermath...ambitious and impressive." Modern Philology