A Companion to Charles Dickens by David Paroissien

By David Paroissien

A spouse to Charles Dickens concentrates at the old, ideological, and social forces that outlined Dickens’s global.

  • Puts Dickens’s paintings into its literary, historic, and social contexts
  • Traces the improvement of Dickens’s profession as a journalist and novelist
  • Includes unique essays through top Dickensian students on each one of Dickens’s fifteen novels
  • Explores a vast diversity of themes, together with criticisms of his novels, using background and legislations in his fiction, language, and the impact of political and social reform
  • Examines Dickens's legacy and surveys the mass of secondary fabrics that has been generated in reaction and reverence to his writing

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Dickens’s autobiographical fragment and David Copperfield. Cahiers victoriens & edouardiens, 20, 87–96. Dever, Carolyn (2006). Psychoanalyzing Dickens. In John Bowen and Robert L. ), Charles Dickens Studies (pp. 216–33). Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Hibbert, Christopher (1967). The Making of Charles Dickens. London: Chatto and Windus. Ingham, Patricia (1992). Dickens, Women and Language. New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf. Marcus, Stephen (1965). Dickens: From Pickwick to Dombey. London: Chatto and Windus.

Never shall . . ” Critical response to the autobiographical fragment has registered Dickens’s proclamation and protest to different degrees, and plotted the importance of the autobiographical fragment to his work accordingly, swerving between the psychoanalysis of traumatic return and the celebration of triumph in its endless productivity. Freud cuts a figure through this criticism, but the procedure may be simplified by the recognition that Freud was a reader of Dickens. The terminology of psychoanalysis which derives from the Freudian tradition follows the novelist’s work rather than interrogating it.

His friendships with Baroness Coutts, with Thackeray, Lemon, John Leech, and others were ruptured by the separation. Dickens protected his public popularity and rode out the storm but the strain of his marriage breakdown, of maintaining a secret love affair, and of supporting the troubled lives of his siblings and his children all told in his aging face. Such stress in his life was exacerbated by a new direction in which he now took his career. Producing and acting in the plays of others had satisfied him for a while, but his obsession with theater took a life-changing turn as he focused his not inconsiderable acting ability on “readings” from his own works.

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