The Cambridge companion to the literature of London

Main Author: Manley, Lawrence, 1949-
Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
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Online Access: Online version
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This collection of 14 essays and an introduction includes a number of strong essays that should compel many to read (or reread) any number of the primary texts discussed in the volume. The focus of the book is the literature of London, but many of the contributors examine the texts through disciplines often associated with the social sciences (which is appropriate and noteworthy): history, anthropology, geography, economics, political science, and sociology, to name a few. Ralph Hanna's opening essay on medieval English literature initiates a number of reoccurring tropes: the geographical force of the city on its neighbors, the significance of labor in the production of literature, and how London's government affected not only the culture of the city but also the nation. Some of the essays--Rosemarie Bodenheimer's "London and the Victorian Novel" and John McLeod's "Writing London in the Twenty-First Century" among them--could serve as stand-alone introductions to the period (or topic) at hand. The prose is measured and suitable for most undergraduate students, and a number of contributors (Hanna, Brean Hammond, Peter Barry) are to be commended for their clear, close readings of the poetry. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. A. L. Kaufman Auburn University at Montgomery

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