Class, Culture and Suburban Anxieties in the Victorian Era

Class, Culture and Suburban Anxieties in the Victorian Era

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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 recontextualizes Victorian fiction for modern readers in light of middle-class suburban anxieties.(Easel 123a€“4) Even in a a€œrespectablea€ neighborhood, then, repairs could add as much as one-third to the cost of living in ... Watching the erection of houses across the street, he reports that although a€œthe damp clay land will need a pretty goodanbsp;...

Title:Class, Culture and Suburban Anxieties in the Victorian Era
Author: Lara Baker Whelan
Publisher:Routledge - 2011-12-20

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