Overview:By Accident or Design: Writing the Victorian Metropolis - 'On the banks of the Thames it is a tremendous chapter of accidents'. As Henry James surveys London in 1888, he sums up what had fascinated urban observers for a century: the random and even accidental development of this unprecedented form of human settlement, the modern metropolis. By Accident or Design: Writing the Victorian Metropolis takes James at his word, arguing that accident was both a powerful metaphor and material context through which the Victorians arrested the paradoxes of metropolitan modernity and reconfigured understandings of form and change. Paul Fyfe shows how the material conditions of urban accidents offer new and compelling modes of analysis for intellectual and literary history. Through extensive archival study and interdisciplinary analysis of urban-industrial accidents, risk management, and civic improvements, By Accident or Design reclaims the metropolis as ground zero for some of the most important thinking about causation in the nineteenth century. It demonstrates the centrality of interdependent concepts of design and accident not only to metropolitan discourse, but also to current critical discourse about the formal and circulatory dynamics of Victorian metropolitan writing. Thus, this book offers a new vocabulary for the dialectics of the modern city and the signature forms of writing about it, including the newspaper, the illustrated periodical, the industrial novel, and urban broadsheets.

This book is on page /47df93bdff6ee0e8dc5bc4a08409d9a8/book/1603726357-9780198732334. It was written by the following authors: Paul Fyfe. Book By Accident or Design: Writing the Victorian Metropolis, which can be read online, published by the company: Oxford University Press. Other books on similar topics can be found in sections: Criticism, Poetry, History, Drama. The book was published on 2015-03-19 00:00:00. It has 258 pages and is published in Hardback format and weight 436 g. File for download By Accident or Design: Writing the Victorian Metropolis has PDF format and is called by-accident-or-design-writing-the-victorian-metropolis.pdf. Other books you can download below. Our ilciancino.it site is not responsible for the content of PDF files.


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