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The Figure of the Crowd in Early Modern London : The City and its Double - I. Munro

The Figure of the Crowd in Early Modern London

The City and its Double

By: I. Munro

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2005
ISBN: 9781403966421
Number Of Pages: 255

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The Figure of the Crowd in Early Modern London examines the cultural phenomenon of the urban crowd in the context of early modern London's population crisis. The book explores the crowd's double function as a symbol of the city's growth and as the necessary context for the public performance of urban culture. Its central argument is that the figure of the crowd acts as a supplement to the symbolic space of the city, at once providing a tangible referent for urban meaning and threatening the legibility of that meaning through its motive force and uncontrollable energy.

"Ian Munro s clever and informative account of London in the early modern period takes as its focus the dual nature of the growing metropolis - the city and its people - and argues that the two are inseparable but, surprisingly, finally amount to nothing. " - Renaissance Quarterly



"[A] clever and informative account of London in the early modern period". - Sharon A. Beehler, Montana State University - Bozeman

Introduction: Crowded Spaces
Imaginary Numbers: City, Crowd, Theatre
London's Mirror: Civic Ritual and the Crowd
"Shakespeare's London": The Scene of London in the Second Tetralogy and Henry VIII
Distracted Multitude: The Theatre and the Many-Headed Monster
"Rome, etc.": Sejanus, Julius Caesar, and the Prodigious City
"A kind of nothing": Plague Time in Early Modern London
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ISBN: 9781403966421
ISBN-10: 1403966427
Series: Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500-1700
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 255
Published: 1st April 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1