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Author Whelan, Lara Baker, 1966-

Title Class, culture and suburban anxieties in the Victorian era / Lara Baker Whelan
Published New York : Routledge, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 177 pages) : illustrations, map
Series Routledge studies in nineteenth-century literature ; 4
Routledge studies in nineteenth-century literature ; 4
Contents Introduction: "scenes of peace and quietude," or Victorian fantasies of suburban utopia -- Dying of one's neighbors: Victorian suburban literature and its deconstruction of the suburban ideal -- Where there is no profligacy, drunkenness or crime: representations of the working class and origins of suburban anxieties -- Cracks in the façade: looking behind the cult of the picturesque in Victorian suburban fiction -- Controlling "that region of irregular bodies": the uninhabitable house and the suburban ghost story -- Gothic terrors: the suburban ruin and sensation fiction -- Sublime suburbs -- Conclusion: the death of the suburban ideal and the rise of the new suburban, 1880-1914
Summary In this study, Whelan demonstrates the way in which representations of the Victorian suburb in mid- to late-nineteenth century British writing occasioned a literary sub-genre unique to this period€that attempted to reassure readers that the suburb was a place where outsiders could be controlled and where middle-class values could be enforced. In particular, Whelan draws attention to the discourse of the suburb as a space of cultural contention in an attempt to illuminate a facet of class history that has often been ignored, overgeneralized, or misunderstood. At the same time, €she rec
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-173) and index
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Subject English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Middle class in literature.
Middle class -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Suburban life -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Suburban life in literature.
Suburbs in literature.
Suburbs -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203864026 (electronic bk.)
9780203864029 (electronic bk.)