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The Promise of the Suburbs: A Victorian History in Literature and Culture

Sarah Bilston


When did the suburbs gain their reputation as places of dullness and sterility? This book traces the origins of such suburban stereotypes back to the 1820s, the earliest decade of suburban growth, and argues that those stereotypes were forged from the first to denigrate women and the new middle classes. Disdain for the suburbs blazed especially hotly at the fin de siècle. Writers like George Gissing and H. G. Wells famously presented the suburbs as dull and tedious places, inimical to creativity, and these are the images of the Victorian suburbs scholars know best to this day. This book traces ... More

Keywords: Suburbs, Victorian, Women, Middle Classes, Professions, Modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300179330
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300179330.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Bilston, author
Trinity College