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The Resource Open houses : poverty, the novel, and the architectural idea in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Barbara Leckie

Open houses : poverty, the novel, and the architectural idea in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Barbara Leckie

Label
Open houses : poverty, the novel, and the architectural idea in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Title
Open houses
Title remainder
poverty, the novel, and the architectural idea in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Statement of responsibility
Barbara Leckie
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the 1830s and '40s, a new preoccupation with the housing of the poor emerged in British print and visual culture. In response to cholera outbreaks, political unrest, and government initiatives, commentators evinced a keen desire to document housing conditions and agitate for housing reform. Consistently and strikingly, these efforts focused on opening the domestic interiors of the poor to public view. In Open Houses, Barbara Leckie addresses the massive body of print materials dedicated to convincing the reader of the wretchedness, unworthiness, and antipoetic quality of the living conditions of the poor and, accordingly, the urgent need for architectural reform. Putting these exposés into dialogue with the Victorian novel and the architectural idea (the manipulation of architecture and the built environment to produce certain effects), she illustrates the ways in which "looking into" the house animated new models for social critique and fictional form. As housing conditions failed to improve despite the ubiquity of these documentary and fictional exposés, commentators became increasingly skeptical about the capacity of print to generate change. Focusing on Bleak House, Middlemarch, and The Princess Casamassima, Leckie argues that writers offered a persuasive counterargument for the novel's intervention in social debates. Open Houses returns the architectural idea to the central position it occupied in nineteenth-century England and reconfigures how we understand innovations in the genre of the novel, the agitation for social reform, and the contours of nineteenth-century modernity
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Cataloging source
MiAaPQ
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Leckie, Barbara
Dewey number
823/.8093556
Index
index present
LC call number
PR468.H63
LC item number
.L43 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Haney Foundation series
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  • English literature
  • Working class
  • Architecture, Domestic, in literature
  • Literature and society
  • Housing
  • Architecture, Domestic
  • Architecture and society
  • Poor in literature
  • Dwellings in literature
Label
Open houses : poverty, the novel, and the architectural idea in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Barbara Leckie
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : "Let us look into the house" -- A simple idea of architecture -- The dark side of the interior -- "The ruined house" : Charles Dickens's Bleak House -- The mediating imagination : George Eliot's Middlemarch -- The interpenetrating imagination : Henry James's The Princess Casamassima -- Conclusion : The epistemology of the house
Control code
EBC5432917
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (312 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812250299
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC5432917
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL5432917
  • (OCoLC)1042325487
Label
Open houses : poverty, the novel, and the architectural idea in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Barbara Leckie
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : "Let us look into the house" -- A simple idea of architecture -- The dark side of the interior -- "The ruined house" : Charles Dickens's Bleak House -- The mediating imagination : George Eliot's Middlemarch -- The interpenetrating imagination : Henry James's The Princess Casamassima -- Conclusion : The epistemology of the house
Control code
EBC5432917
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (312 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812250299
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC5432917
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL5432917
  • (OCoLC)1042325487

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