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Dickens's London

Perception, Subjectivity and Phenomenal Urban Multiplicity

Julian Wolfreys

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This exploration of the streets of Dickens's London opens up new perspectives on the city and the writer

Taking Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project as an inspiration, Dickens's London offers an exciting and original project that opens a dialogue between phenomenology, philosophy and the Dickensian representation of the city in all its forms. Julian Wolfreys suggests that in their representations of London - its streets, buildings, public institutions, domestic residences, rooms and phenomena that constitute such space - Dickens's novels and journalism can be seen as forerunners of urban and material phenomenology. While also addressing those aspects of the urban that are developed from Dickens's interpretations of other literary forms, styles and genres, Dickens's London presents in twenty-six episodes (from Banking and Breakfast via the Insolvent Court, Melancholy and Poverty, to Todgers and Time, Voice and Waking) a radical reorientation to London in the nineteenth century, the development of Dickens as a writer, and the ways in which readers today receive and perceive both.

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Series Editor's Preface
An Advertisement
List of Illustrations and Maps
Dickens' London
Dickens, our Contemporary
Alternative Contents
A - Arrivals (& Returns): London, Whitechapel, Blackheath, Blackfriars, Windsor Terrace, City Road, The Strand, Drury Lane, Fleet Street, Buckingham Street, the Adelphi, Custom House [Lower Thames Street], the Monument, Fish-Street Hill, Saint Paul's Cathedral
B - Breakfast: Gray's Inn Square, Temple Bar, Strand Lane
C - Chambers: Holborn, Staple Inn, Furnival's Inn
D - Dismal: Little Britain, Smithfields, Saint Paul's Cathedral
E - Exteriors: Golden Square, Portland Place, Bryanston Square
F - Faded gentility: Camden Town
G - Gothic: Seven Dials, Walworth, Covent Garden, India House, Aldgate Pump, Whitechapel Church, Commercial Road, Wapping Old Stairs, St George's in the East, Snow Hill, Newgate
H - Heart: St Paul's Cathedral
I - Insolvent Court: Portugal Street, Lincoln's Inn, Houndsditch, Tyburn, Whitechapel, St, George's Fields
J - Jaggers' House: Gerrard Street, Soho
K - Krook's: by Lincoln's Inn
L - Life and Death: Snow Hill The Saracen's Head, Smithfield, Saint James's Parish, Saint Sepulchre's Church
M - Melancholy: Leadenhall Street
N - Nocturnal: Millbank
O - Obstructive: Tower Street Ward
P - Poverty: Angel, Islington, St John's Road, Sadler's Wells Theatre, Exmouth Street, Coppice Row, Hockley-in-the-Hole, Saffron Hill, Field Lane
Q - Quiet: Soho Square, Lincoln's Inn Fields, Old Square, Lincoln's Inn
R - Resignation: Todgers, The Monument
S - Spring Evenings: London
T - Time: The City, Coram's Fields
U - Unfinished: Stagg's Gardens, Camden Town
V - Voice: Brentford, the Borough
W - Walking: St Martin's Court, Covent Garden
X - X marks the Spot: St Mary Axe

About the Author

Julian Wolfeys is Professor of English Literature at the University of Portsmouth, where he is also Director of the Centre for Studies in LIterature. He is author and editor of more than 40 books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century English literature and literary theory. Most recently he has published Dickens’s London and The Derrida Wordbook, both with Edinburgh University Press. He recently published his first novel, Silent Music.


...a complex and intellectually stimulating exploration of London as a fictional topography that doubles as a stage and features a wide range of characters including lawyers, criminals and the homeless.
- Jane Mattisson, Kristianstad University Sweden, English Studies 97:5

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