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Richard Dennis

Richard Dennis is a historical geographer based in UCL’s Geography department. He is the author of Cities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930 (CUP, 2008). He is particularly interested in the representation of city spaces in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature, and has published essays on George Gissing in late Victorian London and on Morley Callaghan’s Toronto. He has also written recently on housing in Jack the Ripper’s East End, on flats in Victorian London, and on the building of Victoria Street. He is on the steering committee of UCL’s Urban Laboratory and convenes UCL Geography’s MSc in Modernity, Space and Place. He contributed to Bloomsbury Project conferences in 2009 and 2010 and is co-convenor of the Metropolitan History seminar at the Institute of Historical Research.

His publications include:

‘Morley Callaghan and the Moral Geography of Toronto’, British Journal of Canadian Studies 14 (1) (1999), pp. 35-51.

‘Buildings, Residences and Mansions: George Gissing’s “Prejudice Against Flats”’, in John Spiers, ed., Gissing and the City (Palgrave, 2006), pp. 41-62.

Cities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930 (CUP, 2008)

‘Common lodgings and “furnished rooms”: housing in 1880s Whitechapel’, in Alex Werner, ed., Jack the Ripper and the East End (Chatto & Windus, 2008), pp. 141-79.

‘“Babylonian flats” in Victorian and Edwardian London’, London Journal 33 (3) (November 2008), pp. 233-47.

‘The Place of Bloomsbury in the Novels of George Gissing’, Opticon1826 7 (Autumn 2009), online at

‘Mapping Gissing’s Workers in the Dawn’, Gissing Journal 46 (4) (October 2010), pp. 1-20.

‘Victoria Street in theory and practice: scenes from the governmentality of nineteenth-century London’ in Matthew Davies and Jim Galloway, eds., London and Beyond: Essays in Honour of Derek Keene (IHR, 2011).

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