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The mysteries of Paris and London, Richard Maxwell

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The mysteries of Paris and London
Title
The mysteries of Paris and London
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Richard Maxwell
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eng
Summary
In this ambitious and exciting work Richard Maxwell uses nineteenth-century urban fiction--particularly the novels of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens--to define a genre, the novel of urban mysteries. His title comes from the "mystery mania" that captured both sides of the channel with the runaway success of Eugene Sue's Les mysteres de Paris and G.W.M. Reynold's Mysteries of London. Richard Maxwell argues that within these extravagant but fact-obsessed narratives, the archaic form of allegory became a means for understanding modern cities. The city dwellers' drive to interpret linked the great metropolises with the discourses of literature and art (the primary vehicles of allegory). Dominant among allegorical figures were labyrinths, panoramas, crowds, and paperwork, and it was thought that to understand a figure was to understand the city with which it was linked. Novelists such as Hugo and Dickens had a special flair for using such figures to clarify the nature of the city. Maxwell draws from an array of disciplines, ideas, and contexts. His approach to the nature and evolution of the mysteries genre includes examinations of allegorical theory, journalistic practice, the conventions of scientific inquiry, popular psychiatry, illustration, and modernized wonder tales (such as Victorian adaptations of the Arabian Nights). In The Mysteries of Paris and London Maxwell employs a sweeping vision of the nineteenth century and a formidable grasp of both popular culture and high culture to decode the popular mysteries of the era and to reveal man's evolving consciousness of the city. His style is elegant and lucid. It is a book for anyone curious about the fortunes of the novel in the nineteenth century, the cultural history of that period, particularly in France and England, the relations between art and literature, or the power of the written word to produce and present social knowledge
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1948-2010
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Maxwell, Richard
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR4592.L58
LC item number
M38 1992
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Dickens, Charles
  • Hugo, Victor
  • Dickens, Charles
  • Hugo, Victor
  • Dickens, Charles
  • Hugo, Victor
  • Hugo, Victor
  • Dickens, Charles
  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Comparative literature
  • Comparative literature
  • City and town life in literature
  • Cities and towns in literature
  • Cities and towns in literature
  • City and town life in literature
  • Comparative literature
  • Comparative literature
  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Literature
  • Romans
  • Parijs
  • Londen
  • Großstadt (Motiv)
  • Allegorie
  • London (England)
  • Paris (France)
  • England
  • France
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The mysteries of Paris and London, Richard Maxwell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [381]-406) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Allegory and city life -- The labyrinths of Notre-Dame -- Ainsworth's Revelations : failed narrative -- Knotting the maze in Oliver Twist -- Creating the crowd in The old curiosity shop -- Repeating the singular in Martin Chuzzlewit -- The hunchback of Saint Dunstan-in-the-West : failed heroism -- Mystery and revelation in Bleak House -- Mystery and revelation in Les misérables -- Meryon's hybrid monster : failed knowledge -- Dickens's Arabian nights -- Dickens's omniscience -- The city and the cosmos, or, digging your own grave
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 415 pages
Isbn
9780813913414
Lccn
91036789
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
23 illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)24546231
Label
The mysteries of Paris and London, Richard Maxwell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [381]-406) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Allegory and city life -- The labyrinths of Notre-Dame -- Ainsworth's Revelations : failed narrative -- Knotting the maze in Oliver Twist -- Creating the crowd in The old curiosity shop -- Repeating the singular in Martin Chuzzlewit -- The hunchback of Saint Dunstan-in-the-West : failed heroism -- Mystery and revelation in Bleak House -- Mystery and revelation in Les misérables -- Meryon's hybrid monster : failed knowledge -- Dickens's Arabian nights -- Dickens's omniscience -- The city and the cosmos, or, digging your own grave
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 415 pages
Isbn
9780813913414
Lccn
91036789
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
23 illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)24546231

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