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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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Conclusion: From Beck'S Tube Map to Becks on the Tube

Conclusion: From Beck'S Tube Map to Becks on the Tube

(p.268) Conclusion: From Beck'S Tube Map to Becks on the Tube
Underground Writing
Liverpool University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the treatment and depiction of the London Underground in English fiction. It discusses how Harry Beck's map of the Tube garnered instant recognition on the English cultural landscape and examines the legacy of underground writing after the World War 2. This chapter explains that a revival of the utopian elements of the Tube moved away from the localized scenes of the past into a more playful cultural world and that contemporary underground writing has depicted the Tube in ways that undermine, contradict or question the notion that public transport is simply a managerial or technical question.

Keywords:   London Tube, English fiction, Harry Beck, underground writing, World War 2, public transport

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