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Pursuing Gissing from London to Exeter

Richard explores the geography of literary narratives

Pursuing Gissing from London to Exeter

Continuing his enthusiasm for the Victorian writer, George Gissing, and for literary geographies of cities, Professor Richard Dennis has published a series of essays in The Gissing Journal, setting the author and his writing in their spatial context.

For a more direct Gissing experience, aficionados of Ramble London might be interested in ‘Gissing and Chelsea: An Urban Walk’ (2018), available from Richard. There is also a more remote and exhaustive urban encounter with the author, ‘Gissing and Exeter’, published in three successive issues of The Gissing Journal through 2019-2020.

Richard has also co-edited and contributed to The Materiality of Literary Narratives in Urban History (Routledge, 2020). In November 2019 he marked the launch of this book with a guest lecture, ‘No Home-Like Place: Delusions of Home in Victorian and Edwardian Novels’, at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, where his co-editors are based.

Richard also continues his longstanding (non-literary) interests in the geographies of housing in Toronto and public transport in 19th-century London.



Richard (left) with George Gissing