Within the sound of Bow Bells

Gardner, John (2013) Within the sound of Bow Bells. Journal of Victorian Culture, 18 (4). pp. 575-578. ISSN 1750-0133

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13555502.2013.869921


What is a Cockney? To have been born within the sound of Bow Bells is the most well-known qualification required. However, as Gregory Dart shows in his fascinating new book, Cockneys are people ‘with attitude’, who might labour through the week in old clothes but ‘transform themselves into dandies’ at the weekend. Cockneys, as Dart shows, have also been thought of as vulgar parochial upstarts who like new furniture, organized gardens and posh tearooms. This book examines, in particular, an understudied period, from 1820 to 1840, that links Romantic and Victorian cultures and overlaps the individual spheres that they are often separately studied in. It is an affectionate, interesting and generative study of Cockneyism, and how it engages with, among other things, architecture, art, city planning, fashion, literature, politics and suburban gardens. Dart's achievement is that he extends debates on Cockneyism out of the tight timeframe of 1812–1820, that previous academic studies have largely held them in and, in doing so, expands the cultural spheres that Cockneys engaged with.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Victorian culture
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2013 09:21
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:16
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/308921

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