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18:30 - 19:30 27 May 2014

Blimey! We're all Cockneys now


Roberts G08 | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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. Dr Gregory Dart (UCL English) 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.


Tessa Rickards
+44 (0)20 7679 1346 | t.rickards@ucl.ac.uk


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