The Literary and Cultural Spaces of Restoration London

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Cambridge University Press, 1998 - History - 277 pages
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In September 1666 the Great Fire destroyed four-fifths of the ancient City of London within three days. All that had been familiar, settled, known, was suddenly and entirely swept away. Londoners faced an emptiness that was not only physical but also historical, social, financial and conceptual. The Literary and Cultural Spaces of Restoration London is the first study to situate the literature of Restoration and early Augustan England within the historical and cultural contexts of the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire. Cynthia Wall relates the marked topographical specificity of plays, poems and novels to a wider cultural network of responses to changing perceptions of urban space, and she shows how the literatures of the period - along with the surveying, mapping, rebuilding and official redescribing of the city - attempt to reinvest the city with comprehensible meaning and create new spaces for new genres.
  

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Contents

the spaces of rebuilding
39
maps and texis
76
The art of writing the streets of London
115
parks and shops
148
churches
182
Notes
221
Bibiography
243
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Cynthia Sundberg Wall is professor of English at the University of Virginia.

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