Writing London and the Thames Estuary: 1576-2016

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Brill, 2017 - Literary Criticism - 215 pages
Writing London and the Thames Estuary: 1576-2016 -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Place and Literatures -- Outline -- Chorography-Antiquarianism and the Epistemology of Place -- Chorography and its Contemporary Framing -- Antiquarian County History and the Estuary, Lambarde to Philipott (1576-1659) -- Hogarth's Peregrination and the Antiquarian Project -- 'Inconstant Rabble'-Renaissance Dramas, Queenborough, Political Imaginaries -- Rotten Borough -- 'Set in Queenborough of all places' -- 'There is a Corporation, a body, a kind of body' -- 'What think you of me my Masters?' -- Defoe's Tour -- The QB Archive -- War Stories, 1667-1942 -- Pepys's Diary -- The King's Topography -- 'True, true as the Nore light': the Jerrolds, Nautical Drama and the Rise of the Sailor Imaginary -- How Mr Musselwhite Resolved the Matter of the Aerial Bomb Fiasco -- A Note on the XDO Post at Shellness -- Estuary Gothic and the Modern Metropolis -- Dickens and Great Expectations -- Last Night at the Theatre -- Apocalypse When? -- Estuarine Sociology and the Making of an Underclass -- A Digression-the Story of Sheppey Steel -- The Domdiv Index and New Sociological Imaginaries -- Revisiting -- 'Eating Gull since Friday'-Estuary Grotesque, Seaside Noir1 -- The Local and the After-Postmodern -- Estuary Chic -- Seaside Noir, the New Real?-Weirdo (2012) -- Just Outside Leysdown-Wide Open (1989) -- The Estuary Writes Back -- Overview -- Case study 1: The Blue Town Heritage Centre -- Case Study 2: Billy Childish-the Cunt from Chatham -- Case Study 3: Estuary Life Writing-Mia Dolan and The Gift -- Case Study 4: Uwe Johnson -- Postscript-Post Brexit -- Select Bibliography -- Newspapers, Special Collections, etc -- Index of People -- Modern People -- Historical People -- Index of Subjects and Places

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About the author (2017)

Len Platt is Professor of Modern Literatures at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has published widely on modern and postmodern literary cultures. Most recently he co-edited, with Brian McHale, The Cambridge History of Postmodern Literature (2016).

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