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Response to Review of The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England 1780-1914

I would like to thank Professor During for taking the time to read my book and for writing the review. He clearly recognizes the difficulties that confront historians of magic and popular mentalities and one would not dispute his comments about the conceptual elusiveness of such matters. He also astutely grasps some of the underlyingContinue reading “Response to Review of The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England 1780-1914”

Cities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930

Richard Dennis’ engaging book is about building bridges, both literal and metaphorical. It begins with a study of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, Tower Bridge in London and the Bloor Street Viaduct in Toronto, using them as a means of highlighting the eclectic methodologies and theoretical approaches to be applied throughoutContinue reading “Cities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930”