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By accident or design : writing the Victorian metropolis

Author: Paul Fyfe
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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'By Accident or Design: Writing the Victorian Metropolis' takes Henry James' observation of London in 1888 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. This book shows how the material conditions of urban accidents offer new and compelling modes of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Fyfe
ISBN: 9780191796678 0191796670 9780191046230 019104623X
OCLC Number: 910605932
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Contents: Introduction ; 1. Accidents in the News ; 2. Dickens and the Traffic of Accidents ; 3. Industrial Accidents and Novel Insurances ; 4. Street Literature and the Remediation of Accident ; 5. Chaos and Connections on the Victorian Railway ; Afterword: An Accidental Excursion
Other Titles: Writing the Victorian metropolis
Responsibility: Paul Fyfe.

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