Sound and Modernity in the Literature of London, 1880-1918

  • Patricia Pye

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Sound and Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Sound and Social Progress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
  4. Sound and Popular Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
  5. Sound and Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 145-179

About this book


This book explores the literary representation of late Victorian and early Edwardian London from an auditory perspective, arguing that readers should ‘listen’ to impressions of the city, as described by writers such as Conrad, Doyle, Ford and Gissing. It was in this period that London began to ‘sound modern’ and, through a closer hearing of its literature, writers’ wider responses to modernity are revealed.

The book is structured into familiar modernist themes, revisiting time and space, social progress and popular culture through an exploration of the sound impressions of some key works.  Each chapter is contextualized by these themes, revealing how the sound of the news, social protest, music hall and suburbanization impacted on writers’ literary imaginations.

Suitable for students of modernist literature and specialists in sound studies, this book will also appeal to readers with a wider interest in London’s history and popular culture between 1880-1918.


Late Victorian Early Edwardian Auditory News Social Progress Music Hall Suburbanization Joseph Conrad Ford Madox Ford George Gissing H. G. Wells Arthur Conan Doyle

Authors and affiliations

  • Patricia Pye
    • 1
  1. 1.Buckinghamshire New UniversityUxbridgeUnited Kingdom

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