Incognito Social Investigation in British Literature - Seaber, Luke
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This book is the first full critical history of incognito social investigation texts - in other words, works detailing their authors' experiences whilst pretending to be poor. The most famous example is Down and Out in Paris and London , but there has been a vast array of other works in the genre since it was created in 1866 by James Greenwood's 'A Night in a Workhouse'.
It draws up a classification of incognito social investigation texts, dividing them into four subtypes. The first comprises those texts following most narrowly in James Greenwood's footsteps, taking the extreme poor as
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This book is the first full critical history of incognito social investigation texts - in other words, works detailing their authors' experiences whilst pretending to be poor. The most famous example is Down and Out in Paris and London, but there has been a vast array of other works in the genre since it was created in 1866 by James Greenwood's 'A Night in a Workhouse'.

It draws up a classification of incognito social investigation texts, dividing them into four subtypes. The first comprises those texts following most narrowly in James Greenwood's footsteps, taking the extreme poor as their object of study. The next is the investigation of poverty through walking, for pedestrianism and poverty are fascinatingly linked. The third is that of people looking at relative poverty rather than absolute, where authors take on badly-paid work in order to report on it, which is when incognito social investigation becomes very much something carried out by women. We end looking at those incognito social investigators who settled in the areas they explored.
Not only will this book recover the history of a genre that has long been ignored, however, but it will also offer significant close reading of many of the texts that it places within the tradition(s) it discovers.
  • Produktdetails
  • Palgrave Studies in Life Writing
  • Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan / Springer International Publishing / Springer, Berlin
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 978-3-319-84532-6
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
  • Seitenzahl: 284
  • Erscheinungstermin: 28. Juli 2018
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 210mm x 148mm x 15mm
  • Gewicht: 374g
  • ISBN-13: 9783319845326
  • ISBN-10: 3319845322
  • Artikelnr.: 53579209
Autorenporträt
Luke Seaber taught at various Italian universities before coming to University College London, where he now teaches, as a Marie Curie research fellow in 2012.
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"Incognito Social Investigation in British Literature illuminates Victorian periodical writing and its broader impact in provocative, unforgettable ways." (Rebecca Nesvet, Victorian Periodicals Review, Vol. 51 (2), 2018)
"This is a fascinating study that explores the genre of writings produced by 'incognito social investigators' from the 1860s to more recent times. ... there is much of considerable interest in this volume. It deserves to be read, and for those with an interest in Orwell they will find his impact and legacy cropping up through the book." (Nick Crowson, George Orwell Studies, Vol. 2 (1), 2017)
"Seaber's study is a scholarly and accessible overview of a fascinating and oddly overlooked genre. As such, it offers a rare insight into to the cultural and literary context that helped shape one of Orwell's most highly regarded works, in the process significantly expanding the scope of Orwell studies." (Luke Davies, The Orwell Society, Issue 11, 2017)