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Underground WritingThe London Tube from George Gissing to Virginia Woolf$
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David Welsh

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312236

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315978

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The Kingdom of Shadows

The Kingdom of Shadows

The Infernal Underground of George Gissing

(p.16) Chapter One The Kingdom of Shadows
Underground Writing
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the works of George Gissing with respect to the London Tube. It explains that Gissing made key cultural references to the underground railway in the 1880s with novels such as Demos and Thyrza and he shifted to depicting the real underground as a key part of a new urban circulatory system in the 1890s with novels such as New Grub Street and The Odd Women. This chapter also explores other cultural tendencies that gave the underground a much higher profile and outlines the changing relationship between women and urban transit.

Keywords:   George Gissing, London Tube, underground railway, Demos, Thyrza, New Grub Street, The Odd Women, cultural tendencies, women, urban transit

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