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By Paul Fyfe

'On the banks of the Thames it's a super bankruptcy of accidents'. As Henry James surveys London in 1888, he sums up what had interested city observers for a century: the random or even unintentional improvement of this unparalleled type of human cost, the trendy city. accidentally or layout: Writing the Victorian city takes James at his observe, arguing that coincidence was once either a robust metaphor and fabric context by which the
Victorians arrested the paradoxes of metropolitan modernity and reconfigured understandings of shape and alter. Paul Fyfe indicates how the cloth stipulations of city injuries provide new and compelling modes of research for highbrow and literary heritage. via broad archival research and interdisciplinary
analysis of urban-industrial injuries, danger administration, and civic advancements, unintentionally or layout reclaims the city as flooring 0 for the most very important considering causation within the 19th century. It demonstrates the centrality of interdependent suggestions of layout and twist of fate not just to metropolitan discourse, but additionally to present severe discourse concerning the formal and circulatory dynamics of Victorian metropolitan writing. therefore, this booklet bargains a new
vocabulary for the dialectics of the trendy urban and the signature varieties of writing approximately it, together with the newspaper, the illustrated periodical, the commercial novel, and concrete broadsheets.

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