Reading constellations urban modernity in victorian fiction patricia mckee highly original thoughtful theoretically sophisticated and historically grounded study. Reading constellations argues that charles dickenss great expectations 1860 and our mutual friend 1865 thomas hardys jude the obscure 1895 and henry jamess in the cage 1898 express versions of the city and its inhabitants that benjamin later articulated in his descriptions of constellations and colportage that is the . Reading constellations urban modernity in victorian fiction oxford new york oxford up 2014 pp ix 184 6500 a book that takes on capitalism history modernity walter benjamin and three major nineteenth century novelists ought to make for a provocative study patricia mckees reading constellations mostly. Reading constellations urban modernity in victorian fiction by patricia mckee patricia reading constellations urban modernity in victorian fiction oxford oxford university press 2014 208pp 6500 hardcover in this densely and despite its title it sometimes seems to be a book more about benjamin than about victorian fiction . The modern city in the works of charles dickens thomas hardy and henry james disrupts the ideal of progressive improvement which often framed modernity in the victorian imagination this study uses walter benjamins idea of the constellation to clarify these authors undermining of presumptions of progressive history and to elaborate the disputed and distracted urban modernities of their
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