Dickens and the City

Author: F. S. Schwarzbach
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472509323
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 258
View: 4910
Through a comprehensive study of Dickens' career this work examines the crucial role played by London in the character of the man and the development of his writing. It discusses the significance of Dickens' early childhood experience in moving to London, and the special place the city came to hold in his creative imagination throughout his life. Then, blending biography and literary analysis with urban and social history, Dr Schwarzbach traces the fascinating and often dramatic relationship of the novels to the ever changing Victorian urban scene. The novels emerge not only as valuable historical documents, astonishing in their comprehensiveness and accuracy of detail, but as a unique contribution to the growth of modern urban culture.

Dickens and the Virtual City

Urban Perception and the Production of Social Space
Author: Estelle Murail,Sara Thornton
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319350862
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 295
View: 7718
This book explores the aesthetic practices used by Dickens to make the space which we have come to know as the Dickensian City. It concentrates on three very precise techniques for the production of social space (counter-mapping, overlaying and troping). The chapters show the scapes and writings which influenced him and the way he transformed them, packaged them and passed them on for future use. The city is shown to be an imagined or virtual world but with a serious aim for a serious game: Dickens sets up a workshop for the simulation of real societies and cities. This urban building with is transferable to other literatures and medial forms. The book offers vital understanding of how writing and image work in particular ways to recreate and re-enchant society and the built environment. It will be of interest to scholars of literature, media, film, urban studies, politics and economics.

Rereading the City/rereading Dickens

Representation, the Novel, and Urban Realism
Author: Efraim Sicher
Publisher: Ams PressInc
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 427
View: 7694
Looks at Dickens' perception of the city of London and how it relates to his writings.

Dickens and the City

Author: Jeremy Tambling
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing
ISBN: 9781409433095
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 556
View: 9414
Dickens looks at the city from several aspects and his relationship to cities is part of his modernity and his enduring fascination. This anthology of criticism shows how Dickens thought about, grasped and conceptualised the rapidly expanding and anonymous urban scene and is a major contribution to the study of cities, city culture, modernity, and Dickens. The selection of key previously published articles and essays is accompanied by a comprehensive bibliography of work which scholars can continue to explore.

Dickens and the Unreal City

Searching for Spiritual Significance in Nineteenth-Century London
Author: Karl Ashley Smith
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 256
View: 9338
Dickens's London often acts as a complex symbol, composed of numerous sub-symbols, such as crowd, river, railway networks and police systems. This book is particularly interested in how Dickens's treatment of the city allows him to re-examine traditional Christian discourses on the issues of revelation, renunciation and regeneration.

The Victorian City

Everyday Life in Dickens' London
Author: Judith Flanders
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1466835451
Category: History
Page: 544
View: 2492
From the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author of The Invention of Murder, an extraordinary, revelatory portrait of everyday life on the streets of Dickens' London. The nineteenth century was a time of unprecedented change, and nowhere was this more apparent than London. In only a few decades, the capital grew from a compact Regency town into a sprawling metropolis of 6.5 million inhabitants, the largest city the world had ever seen. Technology—railways, street-lighting, and sewers—transformed both the city and the experience of city-living, as London expanded in every direction. Now Judith Flanders, one of Britain's foremost social historians, explores the world portrayed so vividly in Dickens' novels, showing life on the streets of London in colorful, fascinating detail.From the moment Charles Dickens, the century's best-loved English novelist and London's greatest observer, arrived in the city in 1822, he obsessively walked its streets, recording its pleasures, curiosities and cruelties. Now, with him, Judith Flanders leads us through the markets, transport systems, sewers, rivers, slums, alleys, cemeteries, gin palaces, chop-houses and entertainment emporia of Dickens' London, to reveal the Victorian capital in all its variety, vibrancy, and squalor. From the colorful cries of street-sellers to the uncomfortable reality of travel by omnibus, to the many uses for the body parts of dead horses and the unimaginably grueling working days of hawker children, no detail is too small, or too strange. No one who reads Judith Flanders's meticulously researched, captivatingly written The Victorian City will ever view London in the same light again.

Walking the Victorian Streets

Women, Representation, and the City
Author: Deborah Epstein Nord
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801482915
Category: History
Page: 270
View: 7337
Deborah Epstein Nord explores the way in which the female figure is used as a marker for social suffering, poverty, and contagion in texts by De Quincey, Lamb, Gaskell, and Dickens, among others.

Dickens and Benjamin

Moments of Revelation, Fragments of Modernity
Author: Dr Gillian Piggott
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409472132
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 274
View: 1656
Placing the works of Charles Dickens and Walter Benjamin in conversation with one another, Gillian Piggott argues that the two writers display a shared vision of modernity. Her analysis of their works shows that both writers demonstrate a decreased confidence in the capacity to experience truth or religious meaning in an increasingly materialist world and that both occupy similar positions towards urban modernity and its effect upon experience. Piggott juxtaposes her exploration of Benjamin's ideas on allegory and messianism with an examination of Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop, arguing that both writers proffer a melancholy vision of a world devoid of space and time for religious experience, a state of affairs they associate with the onset of industrial capitalism. In Benjamin's The Arcades Project and Dickens's Sketches by Boz and Tale of Two Cities, among other works, the authors converge in their hugely influential treatments of the city as a site of perambulation, creativity, memory, and autobiography. At the same time, both authors relate to the vertiginous, mutable, fast-paced nature of city life as involving a concomitant change in the structure of experience, an alteration that can be understood as a reduction in the capacity to experience fully. Piggott's persuasive analyses enable a reading of Dickens as part of a European, particularly a German, tradition of thinkers and writers of industrialization and modernity. For both Dickens and Benjamin, truth appears only in moments of revelation, in fragments of modernity.

Dickens's London

Author: Julian Wolfreys
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748656057
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 272
View: 7864
This phenomenological exploration of the streets of Dickens's London opens up new perspectives on the city and the writer.

Dickens and the Politics of the Family

Author: Catherine Waters
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521021159
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 248
View: 9333
The fictional representation of the family has long been regarded as a Dickensian speciality; yet any close examination of his novels reveals a remarkable disjunction between his image as the quintessential celebrant of the hearth, and his interest in fractured families. Drawing on feminist and new historicist methodologies, Catherine Waters argues that Dickens' novels record a shift in notions of the family away from stress on the importance of lineage and blood toward a new ideal of domesticity assumed to be the natural form of the family.

The Country And The City

Author: Raymond Williams
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448191459
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 512
View: 5023
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY TRISTRAM HUNT Our collective notion of the city and country is irresistibly powerful. The city as the seat of enlightenment, sophistication, power and greed is in profound contrast with an innocent, peaceful, backward countryside. Examining literature since the sixteenth century, Williams traces the development of our conceptions of these two traditional poles of life. His groundbreaking study casts the country and city as central symbols for the social and economic changes associated with capitalist development.

Dickens and the Dream of Cinema

Author: Grahame Smith
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719055638
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 206
View: 3691
Taking his cue from Walter Benjamin's concept of each epoch dreaming the epoch that is to follow, Grahame Smith argues that Dickens' novels can be regarded as proto-filmic in the detail of their language as well as their larger formal structures. This possibility arises from Dickens' creative engagement with the city as metropolis, as it emerges in the London of the 1830s, plus his immersion in the visual entertainments of his day, such as the panorama, as well as technological advances such as the railway which anticipates cinema in some of its major features. The book offers a new way of reading Dickens, through the perspective of a form which he knew nothing of, while simultaneously suggesting an account of his part in the manifold forces that led to the appearance of film towards the end of the 19th century.

Death and the Mother from Dickens to Freud

Victorian Fiction and the Anxiety of Origins
Author: Carolyn Dever
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521622806
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 233
View: 5115
The cultural ideal of motherhood in Victorian Britain seems to be undermined by Victorian novels, which almost always represent mothers as incapacitated, abandoning or dead. Carolyn Dever argues that the phenomenon of the dead or missing mother in Victorian narrative is central to the construction of the good mother as a cultural ideal. Maternal loss is the prerequisite for Victorian representations of domestic life, a fact which has especially complex implications for women. When Freud constructs psychoanalytical models of family, gender and desire, he too assumes that domesticity begins with the death of the mother. Analysing texts by Dickens, Collins, Eliot, Darwin and Woolf, as well as Freud, Klein and Winnicott, Dever argues that fictional and theoretical narratives alike use maternal absence to articulate concerns about gender and representation. Psychoanalysis has long been used to analyse Victorian fiction; Dever contends that Victorian fiction has much to teach us about psychoanalysis.

The Time of the City

Politics, Philosophy and Genre
Author: Michael J Shapiro
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136977872
Category: Political Science
Page: 232
View: 8401
Engaging with critical theory, poststructuralist perspectives, cultural studies, film theory and urban studies, the book provides stunning insights into the micropolitics of ethnicity, identity, security, subjectivity and sovereignty.

Charles Dickens and the Sciences of Childhood

Popular Medicine, Child Health and Victorian Culture
Author: K. Boehm
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137362502
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 236
View: 5520
This book takes a fresh look at childhood in Dickens' works and in Victorian science and culture more generally. It offers a new way of understanding Dickens' interest in childhood by showing how his fascination with new scientific ideas about childhood and practices of scientific inquiry shaped his narrative techniques and aesthetic imagination.

Spaces of the Sacred and Profane

Dickens, Trollope, and the Victorian Cathedral Town
Author: Elizabeth A. Bridgham
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135863113
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 202
View: 1999
This study examines the unique cultural space of Victorian cathedral towns as they appear in the literary work of Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope, arguing that Dickens and Trollope use the cathedral town’s enclosure, and its overt connections between sacred and secular, present and past, as an ideal locus from which to critique Victorian religious attitudes, aesthetic anxieties, business practices, and even immigration. By displacing these issues from the metropolis, these social authors defamiliarize them, raising what might have been considered strictly urban problems to the level of national crises. By situating contemporary debates in cathedral towns, Dickens and Trollope complicate the restrictive dichotomy between urban and rural space often drawn by contemporary critics and Victorian fiction writers alike. In this book, Bridgham focuses on the appearance of three such key concerns appearing in the cathedral towns of each writer: religious fragmentation, the social value of artistic labor, and the Gothic revival. Dickens and Trollope reject Romantic nostalgia by concentrating on the ancient, yet vital (as opposed to ruined) edifices of the cathedrals, and by demonstrating ways in which modern sensibilities, politics, and comforts supersede the values of the cloister. In this sense, their cathedral towns are not idealized escapes; rather, they reflect the societies of which they are a part.

Charles Dickens's London

Author: Andrew Sanders
Publisher: Robert Hale Limited
ISBN: 9780709088318
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 240
View: 2449
A renowned Dickens scholar explores in depth what survives of Dickens's city, including detailed itineraries and unpublished photographs of Victorian London, and covering both "legal London" and the criminal underworld No novelist is as intimately connected to a great city as Dickens is to London. The vibrancy and variety of the city determined the shape and character of Dickens's work and he, in turn, recreated London in his fiction. Andrew Sanders retraces Dickens's footsteps through the streets, alleys, highways, and byways of the city, exploring the physical nature and architecture of Victorian London. He follows Dickens and his characters from the slums to the city, from the mansions of Mayfair to the respectable inner suburbs of Islington and Bloomsbury. He journeys from the untidiness of Walworth and Camden Town to the villas of Twickenham and Hampstead and semi-rural retreats of Dulwich, Finchley, and Highgate. Although vastly changed with time, the London that Dickens created is still vividly present in his writing. The first and greatest of urban novelists, Dickens captures the essence of the central modern social phenomenon—the excitements and problems of the city.

The Cambridge Companion to Charles Dickens

Author: John O. Jordan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521669641
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 235
View: 7545
The Cambridge Companion to Charles Dickens contains fourteen specially-commissioned chapters by leading international scholars, who together provide diverse but complementary approaches to the full span of Dickens's work, with particular focus on his major fiction. The essays cover the whole range of Dickens's writing, from Sketches by Boz through The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Separate chapters address important thematic topics: childhood, the city, and domestic ideology. Others consider formal features of the novels, including their serial publication and Dickens's distinctive use of language. Three final chapters examine Dickens in relation to work in other media: illustration, theatre, and film. Each essay provides guidance to further reading. The volume as a whole offers a valuable introduction to Dickens for students and general readers, as well as fresh insights, informed by recent critical theory, that will be of interest to scholars and teachers of the novels.

Babylon Or New Jerusalem?

Perceptions of the City in Literature
Author: Valeria Tinkler-Villani
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789042018730
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 301
View: 8881
Today more than ever literature and the other arts make use of urban structures – it is in the city that the global and universal joins the local and individual.Babylon or New Jerusalem? Perceptions of the City in Literature draws a map of the concept of the city in literature and represents the major issues involved. Contributions to the volume revisit cities such as the London of Wordsworth, Dorothy Richardson and Virginia Woolf or Rilke's Paris, but also travel to the politics of power in Renaissance theatre at Ferrara and to deliberate urban erasures in post-apartheid South Africa. The texts represented range from Renaissance plays to contemporary novels and to poetry from various periods, with references to the visual arts, including film. The role of memory in contemplating the city and also specific urban metaphors developed in literature, such as boxing – the square ring – and jazz are also discussed. The transformation of cities by legislation on cemeteries, by lighting or by projects of urban renewal are the subject of articles, while others reflect on images of the city in worlds specifically forged by writers like William Blake and James Thomson. The contributors themselves live and work in many varied cities, thus representing a dynamic and real variety of critical approaches, and introducing a strong theoretical and comparative element.

Great Expectations

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101650214
Category: Fiction
Page: 512
View: 9200
Introduction by George Bernard Shaw • Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Pip, a poor orphan being raised by a cruel sister, does not have much in the way of great expectations—until he is inexplicably elevated to wealth by an anonymous benefactor. Full of unforgettable characters—including a terrifying convict named Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham, and her beautiful but manipulative niece, Estella, Great Expectations is a tale of intrigue, unattainable love, and all of the happiness money can’t buy. “Great Expectations has the most wonderful and most perfectly worked-out plot for a novel in the English language,” according to John Irving, and J. Hillis Miller declares, “Great Expectations is the most unified and concentrated expression of Dickens’s abiding sense of the world, and Pip might be called the archetypal Dickens hero.” INCLUDES A MODERN LIBRARY READING GROUP GUIDE