Description - The Crowd by John Plotz
Between 1800 and 1850, political demonstrations and the tumult of a ballooning street life not only brought novel kinds of crowds onto London streets, but also fundamentally changed British ideas about public and private space. This text sets out to demonstrate the influence of these crowds, riots and demonstrations on literature in this period. Notable works from the time - including texts by Thomas De Quincey, William Wordsworth and Charlotte Bronte - are used to highlight the author's argument that crowds became a potent rival for the representational claims of literary texts themselves. Ongoing debates in political theory on the nature of the public-political realm are addressed and a reading of the contested public discourses of class, nation, and gender is included.
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - John Plotz
John Plotz is Assistant Professor of English at the Johns Hopkins University.