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Title: From pier to modernity : architectural histories of the seaside pier, 1861-1914
Author: Barry, Clare
ISNI:       0000 0004 5924 3218
Awarding Body: Middlesex University
Current Institution: Middlesex University
Date of Award: 2015
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The aim of this thesis is to establish the British seaside pier as a unique space of nineteenth century modernity. There is no doubt that the pier shared much in common with other new building types that were emerging in the second half of the nineteenth century, but its materiality, liminal location, spatial logic and mixed use made it a uniquely ambivalent and radical architecture. This thesis examines how our understanding of the pier has been informed by its chequered historiographic representation and suggests that through a return to the archive and an analysis informed by critical theory, we can begin to understand the cultural significance of the pier. As a result this reassessment contributes new knowledge and challenges established interpretations of the space. Whilst such a vast project is clearly beyond the scope of any single enquiry, this thesis represents an initial attempt to open the way to a new understanding of an important marginalized building and prompt us to question exclusions of difference from the architectural canon.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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