Margins of Desire: The Suburbs in Fiction and Culture 1880-1925

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Manchester University Press, May 6, 2005 - Literary Collections - 264 pages
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Margins of Desire turns the critical spotlight on the London suburbs by showing how the expanding city created new literary locations, genres and themes between 1880 and 1925. Drawing on a wide range of writings, the book considers not only the fiction that identified the suburbs as significant but also the fiction that suburban dwellers, particularly women, wrote and read for themselves. Pervasive suburban themes included the loss of the rural, the rejection of the urban, the feminization of culture and changing class identities.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
SUBURBAN VISIONS
11
The Utopian suburb
18
The suburban idyll
39
Beyond the suburbs
60
The suburban garden
92
The feminine suburb 1
114
Edwin Pugh William Pett Ridge Shan Bullock George and Weedon
170
The suburban culdesac
194
Arnold Bennett G K Chesterton219
219
SUBURBAN FICTION
247
Index259
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Lynne Hapgood is Reader in English at Nottingham Trent University.

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