Abstract

Abstract:

As a historical novel, Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities is not only a fiction set in the past, but also an investigation into the authority that resides in the act of historical narration. The novel analyzes the differences among the many forms of the historical register, such as written text, memory, and physiological inheritance, and repeatedly asks how the parameters and affordances of unofficial or imperfect narratives might allow for the rerouting of history to more ethical ends.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1522-9270
Print ISSN
0039-3657
Pages
pp. 783-804
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-22
Open Access
No
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