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The Figure of the Crowd in Early Modern London examines the cultural phenomenon of the urban crowd in the context of early modern London's population crisis. The book explores the crowd's double function as a symbol of the city's growth and as the necessary context for the public performance of urban culture. Its central argument is that the figure of the crowd acts as a supplement to the symbolic space of the city, at once providing a tangible referent for urban meaning and threatening the legibility of that meaning through its motive force and uncontrollable energy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781403966421
ISBN-10: 1403966427
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 11-May-2005
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Ian Munro

IAN MUNRO is a specialist in early modern theater, literature and culture. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1998 and now teaches at the University of Alberta, Canada.

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