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[Commlist] New Book: Racing the Street: Race, Rhetoric, and Technology in Metropolitan London, 1840-1900

Wed Oct 07 15:39:29 GMT 2020

New Book in the Rhetoric & Public Culture: History, Theory, Critique series from the University of California Press

Racing the Street: Race, Rhetoric, and Technology in Metropolitan London, 1840-1900

Robert Topinka


The book traces the history of how race was used as a technology for gathering, assembling, and networking the early cosmopolitan city. Analysing technological materials ranging from sewer tunnels to photographs and building an archive that places engineering blueprints alongside novels and periodical press accounts, the study offers a novel approach to the intersections of race, rhetoric, media, technology, and urban government.

The University of California Press will extend a 30% discount to you when you purchase a copy on their site using source code 17M6662 at checkout.


A Genealogy of Race as Technology

1. Sublime Streets, Savage City
Metonymy, the Manifold, and the Aesthetics of Governance

2. Sewers, Streets, and Seas
Types and Technologies in Imperial London

3. Moving Congestion on Petticoat Lane
Slums, Markets, and Immigrant Crowds, 1840–1890

4. Typical Bodies, Photographic Technologies
Race, the Face, and Animated Daguerreotypes

Catachresis, Cliché, and the Legacy of Race

Robert Topinka

Lecturer of Transnational Media and Cultural Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
(r.topinka /at/

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