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.
|Title of host publication||Imagining Spaces and Places|
|Editors||Saija Isomaa, Pirjo Lyytikäinen, Kirsi Saarikangas, Renja Suominen-Kokkonen|
|Publisher||Cambridge scholars publishing|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|MoE publication type||A3 Part of a book or another research book|
- London in literature
- St Giles (London neighbourhood)