Blimey! We're all Cockneys Now

10 April 2014

Tuesday May 27


Roberts G08, Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre, Roberts Building

A crowd on London Bridge

In the late Romantic period 1810-30, Cockney was a derogatory term for those lower middle class Londoners that created the suburbs of Clerkenwell, Islington  and Camden Town with their little gardens, eclectic tastes and dreams of far away places. Gregory Dart shows how Cockney was fast becoming a way of gesturing towards everything in modern life that seemed discrepant and disturbing. Keats, Leigh Hunt, Hazlitt, John Martin, John Soane, the Cruikshanks, B.R. Haydon and Dickens were all regarded as Cockneys: metropolitans who wanted to live fine lives, the true ancestors of modernity.

A drinks reception will follow in the Roberts Foyer G02 at 7.30pm.

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