Dickens and Modernity (Essays and Studies) by Juliet John PDF

By Juliet John

ISBN-10: 1843843269

ISBN-13: 9781843843269

the size of the 2012 bicentenary celebrations of Dickens's delivery is testimony to his prestige as essentially the most globally well known literary authors the area has ever obvious. but Dickens has additionally turn into linked within the public mind's eye with a specific model of the Victorian previous and with respectability. His persevered cultural prominence and the "brand reputation" accomplished by way of his snapshot and photographs recommend that his imaginative and prescient reaches out past the Victorian interval. but what's the courting among Dickens and the trendy international? Do his works provide a consoling model of the previous or are they attuned to that kingdom of uncertainty and instability we go together with the nebulous yet resonant thought of modernity?
This quantity positions Dickens as either a literary and a cultural icon with acomplex dating to the cultural panorama in his personal interval and because. It seeks to illustrate that oppositions that have pervaded techniques to Dickens - Victorian vs glossy, artist vs entertainer, tradition vs trade - are fake, via exploring the variety and multiplicity of Dickens's textual and extra-textual lives. A specifically commissioned Afterword through Florian Schweizer, Director of theDickens 2012 celebrations, bargains a desirable perception into the shaping of this year-long public programme of commemoration of Dickens. just like the quantity as a complete, it asks us to contemplate the natureof our reference to "this quintessentially Victorian author" and what it's approximately Dickens that also appeals to humans round the world.

Professor Juliet John holds the Hildred Carlile Chair of English Literature, Royal Holloway, college of London.

members: Jay Clayton, Holly Furneaux, John Drew, Michaela Mahlberg, Juliet John, Michael Hollington, Joss Marsh, Carrie Sickmann, Kim Edwardes Keates, Dominic Rainsford, Florian Schweizer

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