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A Companion to Charles Dickens


A Companion to Charles Dickens


Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture 1. Aufl.

von: David Paroissien

38,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 15.04.2008
ISBN/EAN: 9780470691229
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 536

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<i>A Companion to Charles Dickens</i> concentrates on the historical, ideological, and social forces that defined Dickens’s world. <br /> <ul> <li>Puts Dickens’s work into its literary, historical, and social contexts</li> <li>Traces the development of Dickens’s career as a journalist and novelist</li> <li>Includes original essays by leading Dickensian scholars on each of Dickens’s fifteen novels</li> <li>Explores a broad range of topics, including criticisms of his novels, the use of history and law in his fiction, language, and the effect of political and social reform</li> <li>Examines Dickens's legacy and surveys the mass of secondary materials that has been generated in response and reverence to his writing</li> </ul>
List of Illustrations viii <p>Notes on Contributors ix</p> <p>Preface xiv</p> <p>Acknowledgments xvi</p> <p>Abbreviations xvii</p> <p><b>Part I <i>Perspectives on the Life</i> 1</b></p> <p>1 A Sketch of the Life 3<br /> <i>Michael Allen</i></p> <p>2 Dickens's Use of the Autobiographical Fragment 18<br /> <i>Nicola Bradbury</i></p> <p>3 "Faithfully Yours, Charles Dickens": The Epistolary Art of the Inimitable 33<br /> <i>David Paroissien</i></p> <p>4 Three Major Biographies 47<br /> <i>Catherine Peters</i></p> <p><b>Part II <i>Literary/Cultural Contexts</i> 63</b></p> <p>5 The Eighteenth-century Legacy 65<br /> <i>Monika Fludernik</i></p> <p>6 Dickens and the Gothic 81<br /> <i>Robert Mighall</i></p> <p>7 Illustrations 97<br /> <i>Malcolm Andrews</i></p> <p>8 The Language of Dickens 126<br /> <i>Patricia Ingham</i></p> <p>9 The Novels and Popular Culture 142<br /> <i>Juliet John</i></p> <p><b>Part III <i>English History Contexts</i> 157</b></p> <p>10 Dickens as a Reformer 159<br /> <i>Hugh Cunningham</i></p> <p>11 Dickens's Evolution as a Journalist 174<br /> <i>John M. L. Drew</i></p> <p>12 Dickens and Gender 186<br /> <i>Natalie McKnight</i></p> <p>13 Dickens and Technology 199<br /> <i>Trey Philpotts</i></p> <p>14 Dickens and America (1842) 216<br /> <i>Nancy Aycock Metz</i></p> <p>15 Dickens and Government Ineptitude Abroad, 1854–1865 228<br /> <i>Leslie Mitchell</i></p> <p>16 Dickens and the Uses of History 240<br /> <i>John Gardiner</i></p> <p>17 Dickens and Christianity 255<br /> <i>Valentine Cunningham</i></p> <p>18 Dickens and the Law 277<br /> <i>Jan-Melissa Schramm</i></p> <p><b>Part IV <i>The Fiction</i> 295</b></p> <p>19 <i>The Pickwick Papers</i> 297<br /> <i>David Parker</i></p> <p>20 <i>Oliver Twist</i> 308<br /> <i>Brian Cheadle</i></p> <p>21 <i>Nicholas Nickleby</i> 318<br /> <i>Stanley Friedman</i></p> <p>22 <i>The Old Curiosity Shop</i> 328<br /> <i>Gill Ballinger</i></p> <p>23 <i>Barnaby Rudge</i> 338<br /> <i>Jon Mee</i></p> <p>24 <i>Martin Chuzzlewit</i> 348<br /> <i>Goldie Morgentaler</i></p> <p>25 <i>Dombey and Son</i> 358<br /> <i>Brigid Lowe</i></p> <p>26 <i>David Copperfield</i> 369<br /> <i>Gareth Cordery</i></p> <p>27 <i>Bleak House</i> 380<br /> <i>Robert Tracy</i></p> <p>28 <i>Hard Times</i> 390<br /> <i>Anne Humpherys</i></p> <p>29 <i>Little Dorrit</i> 401<br /> <i>Philip Davis</i></p> <p>30 <i>A Tale of Two Cities</i> 412<br /> <i>Paul Davis</i></p> <p>31 <i>Great Expectations</i> 422<br /> <i>Andrew Sanders</i></p> <p>32 <i>Our Mutual Friend</i> 433<br /> <i>Leon Litvack</i></p> <p>33 <i>The Mystery of Edwin Drood</i> 444<br /> <i>Simon J. James</i></p> <p><b>Part V <i>Reputation and Influence</i> 453</b></p> <p>34 Dickens and the Literary Culture of the Period 455<br /> <i>Michael Hollington</i></p> <p>35 Dickens and Criticism 470<br /> <i>Lyn Pykett</i></p> <p>36 Postcolonial Dickens 486<br /> <i>John O. Jordan</i></p> <p>Index 501</p>
<p>“Pykett’s chapter is preceded by a rewarding chapter on the literary culture of the day by Michael Hollington and followed by the final essay on ‘Postcolonial Dickens’. As if to insist that any competition in the Dickens Companion industry is essentially good-natured, John O. Jordan has contributed this, rather wonderful, last word to close the book.” (<i>Oxford Journal Clippings</i>, 1 November 2012)</p> <p>"Several of these pieces should be indispensable reading for undergraduates... Each of the three Companions to Charles Dickens now available is a valuable resource for students, but Paroissien's is certainly the richest, and-- with simultaneous electronic publication- likely to be of most immediate and beneficial assistance to students." (<i>Notes and Queries</i>, March 2010)</p>
<b>David Paroissien</b> is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham. He edits <i>Dickens Quarterly</i> and co-edits, with Susan Shatto, the Dickens Companions series. He is the author of <i>The Companion to Oliver Twist</i> (1992), <i>The Companion to Great Expectations</i> (2000), and has edited <i>The Mystery of Edwin Drood for Penguin</i> (2002).
Charles Dickens is one of the most widely read authors in English literature. This companion, comprising essays written by leading Dickensian scholars from around the world, places Dickens’s writings in their literary and historical contexts and offers the factual and referential knowledge to enable readers to approach his works with insight and understanding.<br /> <p>Through Dickens’s letters, journalism, and fiction, chapters examine the literary, visual, historical, ideological, and social forces that defined the world of his fiction. Individual essays explore a broad range of topics, including the role of illustrations in his novels, the literary tradition Dickens inherited, his unique facility with language, his uses of history and the extent to which Christian assumptions shaped him as a writer. Other contributions assess his attitude towards technology, the United States, law, gender, and political and social reform, while essays treating biographical matters and surveying Dickens criticism complete the volume. This unique companion will help readers better understand Dickens’s work and will be an invaluable resource for students and professionals alike.</p>

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