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Edited by Eileen Gillooly and Deirdre David, Contemporary Dickens is a collection of essays that presents some of the most intriguing work being undertaken in Dickens studies today. Through an emphasis on the nineteenth-century origins of our current critical preoccupations and ways of knowing, these essays reveal Dickens to be our contemporary. The contributors argue that such issues as gender and sexuality, environmentalism, and the construction of national identity were frequently explored and sometimes problematically resolved by Dickens himself. They also illuminate the importance of Dickens’s place in our current reassessment of critical methodologies. Drawing freely upon a variety of reading strategies (materialist, deconstructive, new historical, psychoanalytic, and feminist), the essays disclose new aspects of Dickens’s engagements with a number of Victorian concerns—moral philosophy, the psychology of the emotions, and life writing among them—that have once again emerged as significant objects of study in early-twenty-first-century criticism. Looking at such familiar topics from fresh perspectives, Contemporary Dickens is an original and challenging contribution to Dickens studies in particular and Victorian criticism in general. Contemporary Dickens will appeal to general readers and students of Victorian culture, as well as specialists in nineteenth-century literature, cultural studies, literary formalism, psychology, and gender studies.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Deirdre David, Eileen Gillooly
  3. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part 1. Ethics and Narrative
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. 1. Dickens, Secularism, and Agency
  2. George Levine
  3. pp. 13-34
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  1. 2. Dickens and the Goods
  2. Robert Newsom
  3. pp. 35-52
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  1. 3. The Poverty of Charity: Dickensian Sympathy
  2. Nancy Yousef
  3. pp. 53-74
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  1. 4. Uncanny Gifts, Strange Contagion: Allegory in The Haunted Man
  2. John Bowen
  3. pp. 75-92
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  1. 5. Storied Realities: Language, Narrative, and Historical Understanding
  2. Richard H. Moye
  3. pp. 93-110
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  1. Part 2. Material Culture
  2. pp. 111-112
  1. 6. So, This is Christmas
  2. Joseph W. Childers
  3. pp. 113-130
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  1. 7. Green Dickens
  2. Karen Chase, Michael Levenson
  3. pp. 131-151
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  1. 8. Commodity Criticism and Victorian Thing Culture: The Case of Dickens
  2. Elaine Freedgood
  3. pp. 152-168
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  1. 9. Funny Money
  2. Tatiana M. Holway
  3. pp. 169-188
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  1. 10. Enumeration and Exhaustion: Taking Inventory in The Old Curiosity Shop
  2. James Buzard
  3. pp. 189-206
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  1. Part 3. Contextual Reading
  2. pp. 207-208
  1. 11. Paterfamilias
  2. Eileen Gillooly
  3. pp. 209-230
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  1. 12. Reading with Buzfuz: Dickens, Sexuality, Interrogation
  2. James Eli Adams
  3. pp. 231-244
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  1. 13. Little Dorrit's Theater of Rage
  2. Deirdre David
  3. pp. 245-263
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  1. 14. The Making of Dickens Criticism
  2. Deborah Epstein Nord
  3. pp. 264-288
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 289-304
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 305-308
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 309-316
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814271766
Related ISBN
9780814202852
MARC Record
OCLC
1227264783
Pages
315
Launched on MUSE
2020-12-22
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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