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Dickens scholar Jerome Meckier's acclaimed Hidden Rivalries in Victorian Fiction examined fierce literary competition between leading novelists who tried to establish their credentials as realists by rewriting Dickens's novels. Here, Meckier argues that in Great Expectations, Dickens not only updated David Copperfield but also rewrote novels by Lever, Thackeray, Collins, Shelley, and Charlotte and Emily Brontë. He periodically revised his competitors' themes, characters, and incidents to discredit their novels as unrealistic fairy tales imbued with Cinderella motifs. Dickens darkened his fairy tale perspective by replacing Cinderella with the story of Misnar's collapsible pavilion from The Tales of the Genii (a popular, pseudo-oriental collection). The Misnar analogue supplied a corrective for the era's Cinderella complex, a warning to both Haves and Have-nots, and a basis for Dickens's tragicomic view of the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. viii-xvii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xviii-xx
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  1. 1. Misnar versus Cinderella
  2. pp. 1-40
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  1. 2. Lever
  2. pp. 41-75
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  1. 3. Thackeray
  2. pp. 76-96
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  1. 4. David Copperfield
  2. pp. 97-122
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  1. 5. Collins
  2. pp. 123-154
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  1. 6. Mary Shelley
  2. pp. 155-179
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  1. 7. Charlotte Brontë
  2. pp. 180-205
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  1. 8. Emily Brontë
  2. pp. 206-227
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  1. Synopsis A: The Tale of Misnar's Pavilion
  2. pp. 228-231
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  1. Synopsis B: A Day's Ride
  2. pp. 232-235
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 236-267
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 268-278
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813159140
Related ISBN
9780813122281
MARC Record
OCLC
900344524
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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