A Companion to Charles Dickens

A Companion to Charles Dickens

Editor(s): David Paroissien

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405130974

Online ISBN: 9780470691908

DOI: 10.1002/9780470691908

About this Book

A Companion to Charles Dickens concentrates on the historical, ideological, and social forces that defined Dickens's world.

  • Puts Dickens's work into its literary, historical, and social contexts
  • Traces the development of Dickens's career as a journalist and novelist
  • Includes original essays by leading Dickensian scholars on each of Dickens's fifteen novels
  • Explores a broad range of topics, including criticisms of his novels, the use of history and law in his fiction, language, and the effect of political and social reform
  • Examines Dickens's legacy and surveys the mass of secondary materials that has been generated in response and reverence to his writing

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Perspectives on the Life

  2. Part II: Literary/Cultural Contexts

  3. Part III: English History Contexts

  4. Part IV: The Fiction

  5. Part V: Reputation and Influence

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