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Dusty Bob: a cultural history of dustmen 1780-1870

Maidment, BE 2007, Dusty Bob: a cultural history of dustmen 1780-1870 , Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK.

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Abstract

Why did dustmen exercise an extended hold over the imagination of many Regency and Victorian artists and writers, including George Cruikshank, Henry Mayhew, Charles Dickens as well as numerous little known dramatists, caricaturists, print makers, journalists and novelists? This book, the first study of the cultural representation of the dust trade, provides many varied answers to this question by showing the ways in which London dustmen were associated with ideas of contamination, dirt, noise, violence, wealth, consumerism and threat. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, including plays, novels, reportage and, especially, visual culture,Dusty Bob describes the ways in which dustmen were perceived and mythologized in the first seventy years of the nineteenth century.

Item Type: Book
Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD4801 Labor. Work. Working class
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780719052835
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2009 15:53
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1292

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