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Published: 26 November 2020 (Estimated)

576 Pages | 138 Illustrations


ISBN: 9780198861447

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Victorian Visions of Suburban Utopia

Abandoning Babylon

Nathaniel Robert Walker

  • Explores unknown visions of urban reform in Victorian utopian socialist and science-fiction literature, revealing a consistent call for the destruction of cities and a longing for the creation of suburban landscapes
  • Engages with visions of futuristic design philosophies, materials, processes, and aesthetics, which have been overlooked because they were recorded in the pages of socialist manifestos or science fiction rather than built in reality
  • Offers fresh new analyses of famous figures of literature and design, such as Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Bellamy, William Morris, Ebenezer Howard, and H.G. Wells, situating them in context with each other and the discourses in which they operated
  • Surveys understudied voices, such as those of early Victorian feminists like Mary Griffith and urban visionary Samuel Barnett, whose thoughts were revolutionary in the 1800s and remain relevant today
  • Generously illustrated