Description - Going Astray by Professor Jeremy Tambling
Â Among the numerous books on DickensÂ s London, Going Astray is unique in combining detailed topography and biography with close textual analysis and theoretically informed critiques of most of the novelistÂ s major works. In Jeremy TamblingÂ s intriguing and illuminating synthesis, the London A-Z meets Nietzsche, Benjamin and Derrida.Â Rick Allen, author of The Moving Pageant: A Literary Sourcebook on London Street-Life, 1700-1914Dickens wrote so insistently about London Â its streets, its people, its unknown areas Â that certain parts of the city are forever haunted by him. Going Astray: Dickens and London looks at the novelistÂ s delight in losing the self in the labyrinthine city and maps that interest, onto the compulsion to Â go astrayÂ in writing.Drawing on all DickensÂ published writings (including the journalism but concentrating on the novels), Jeremy Tambling considers the authorÂ s kaleidoscopic characterisations of London: as prison and as legal centre; as the heart of empire and of traumatic memory; as the place of the uncanny; as an old curiosity shop. His study examines the relations between narrative and the city, and explores how the metropolis encapsulates the problems of modernity for Dickens Â as well as suggesting the limits of representation. Combining contemporary literary and cultural theory with historical maps, photographs and contextual detail, Jeremy TamblingÂ s book is an indispensable guide to Dickens, nineteenth- century literature, and the city itself.
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Author Biography - Professor Jeremy Tambling
Jeremy Tambling is Professor of Literature at the University of Manchester. An acknowledged expert on Dickens and on cities, he is the author of, among others, Re:Verse (Longman, 2007), BlakeÂ s Night Thoughts (Palgrave, 2004), and Becoming Posthumous (Edinburgh University Press, 2001).