How Cultural? How Material?: Rereading the Slums of Early Victorian London

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List of Authors: Jason Finch
Editors: Saija Isomaa, Pirjo Lyytikäinen, Kirsi Saarikangas, Renja Suominen-Kokkonen
Place: Newcastle upon Tyne
Publication year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge scholars publishing
Book title: Imagining Spaces and Places
Start page: 85
End page: 105
ISBN: 9781443849562


In approaching the spatial zone which in 1800-50 began to be known as the 'London slums'--home to the very poorest and increasingly shocking to more prosperous outsiders--literary scholars face a choice between cultural and material approaches. This chapter argues for a form of literary archaeology as a way of bridging the gap between the two, drawing on methodologies originating in historical geography and industrial-age archaeology to reread texts and places thus offering a roadmap of the 'London slum' in the earliest era in which the concept (which would afterwards be used to grasp new urbanities in many other contexts) existed.


Housing, London in literature, St Giles (London neighbourhood)

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