In this book, one of the most accomplished and thoughtful cultural commentators of the day, considers the contradictory nature of cultural relations. Elizabeth Wilson explores these themes through an examination of fashion, feminism, consumer culture, representation and postmodernism. Debates within feminism on the nature and effects of pornography are used to illustrate a particular kind of cultural contradiction. Wilson recognizes that postmodernism permitted the reappropriation of subjects that were not previously considered worthy of attention, or opposed to the idea of emancipation, chief among these was fashion. She shows that the association of an interest in this culturally significant subject with a revisionist project raises doubt
Chapter 10: Writing the Romance of the Suburbs: A Review of Literature
Writing the Romance of the Suburbs: A Review of Literature
The earliest English suburbs were coeval with the industrial revolution. John Nash's Park Village West by Regent's Park in central London, an example of English picturesque style, dates from the Regency period, like his similar model village at Blaise Castle near Bristol. In Park Village West, Nash designed narrow, winding roads flanked by spacious houses whose quaint details, such as gothic turrets, crenellation and dormer windows, lent variety. The almost maze-like layout meant that the whole development ‘unfolds itself gradually to the spectator’, an example of the use of concealment and surprise, a characteristic carried on into later suburbs (Richards, 1946: 7).
In the mid-nineteenth century, prosperous ...