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Imagining London, 1770-1900

abstract Combining a unique overview of metropolitan visual culture with detailed textual analysis, this interdisciplinary study offers an interpretation of how Londoners sought to make sense of the social transformations of the later eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It argues that they lived in two cities simultaneously: the actual spaces of the metropolis, which can be analysed into a socially stratified and gendered topography; and an imaginary "London", an interior world constructed from personal sensory and imaginative experience but also from verbal and visual representations which both reflected and shaped their understanding of the "real" metropolis, and influenced their actions in this "real" environment.

Two interconnected leitmotivs run through the exposition. The first is the role of money in London's free-market economy and the kinds of social relations which unregulated capitalism encouraged or produced. The second leitmotiv is gender relations in London's patriarchal society.
   
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partner Verlag Palgrave Macmillan
type other project type
status completed
start of project 2004
end of project 2004
additional informations 352 Seiten; Erscheinungsjahr: 2004
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