Workers in the Dawn, Slum Writing and London’s “Urban Majority” Districts

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The purpose of this essay is to reappraise Gissing’s slum writings and Gissing’s own status as a slum writer. I apply to his earliest fiction the most recent urban theory, developed to understand and critique developments in cities worldwide since the late twentieth century. This casts new light on Gissing but also calls into question the temporal narratives used in twenty-first century radical urban theory, suggesting alternatives to those.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeorge Gissing and the Place of Realism
EditorsRebecca Hutcheon
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print) 978-1-5275-6998-0
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • slum
  • novel
  • London in literature
  • Gissing, George (1857-1903)


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