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The 'perpetual fair'
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The 'perpetual fair': Gender, disorder and urban amusement in eighteenth-century London

Anne Wohlcke

Abstract

Each summer, a “perpetual fair” plagued eighteenth-century London, a city in transition overrun by a burgeoning population. City officials attempted to control disorderly urban amusement according to their own gendered understandings of order and morality. Frequently derided as locations of dangerous femininity disrupting masculine commerce, fairs withstood regulation attempts. Fairs were important in the lives of ordinary Londoners as sites of women’s work, sociability, and local and national identity formation. Rarely studied as vital to London’s modernization, urban fairs are a microcosm of ... More

Keywords: London, fairs, eighteenth century, gender, urban history, cultural studies, popular culture, theatre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719090912
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090912.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Wohlcke, author