In the eight chapters that comprise Corton’s book, fog emerges as an active, even murderous protagonist in the city, enticing, disorienting, and even poisoning those caught in its grip. Descending suddenly and often lingering for days, fogs would periodically cast London in an inescapable cloud of chill and gloom.
Meg Dobbins received her Ph.D. December 2015 from Washington University in St. Louis, where she specialized in 19th-century British literature and gender studies with a particular emphasis on economic history. Her dissertation was titled Queer Accounts: Victorian Literature and Economic Deviance. The second chapter of that project, “Jane Eyre’s Purse: Women’s Queer Economic Desire,” is forthcoming as an article in Victorian Literature and Culture. In recent years, she has presented research at the American Comparative Literature Association, the British Women Writers Conference, the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Association, and the North American Victorian Studies Association.
Posts by Meg Dobbins
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.