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

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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.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationImagining Spaces and Places
EditorsSaija Isomaa, Pirjo Lyytikäinen, Kirsi Saarikangas, Renja Suominen-Kokkonen
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN (Print)9781443849562
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


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

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