Charles Dickens: Great Expectations

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Surveying the key debates about a novel which has provoked an immensely rich critical response, the extracts and essays included here examine Great Expectations in structural, symbolic, social, political, psychological, and sexual terms, relating the novel to its own time and to a range of twentieth-century theoretical perspectives. Exploring secondary sources, from initial reviews in the 1860s to the most up-to-date critiques of the 1990s, the Guide is an essential resource for...

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Overview

Surveying the key debates about a novel which has provoked an immensely rich critical response, the extracts and essays included here examine Great Expectations in structural, symbolic, social, political, psychological, and sexual terms, relating the novel to its own time and to a range of twentieth-century theoretical perspectives. Exploring secondary sources, from initial reviews in the 1860s to the most up-to-date critiques of the 1990s, the Guide is an essential resource for the study of one of Dickens's most complex works.

Columbia University Press

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Examines the critical history of through a presentation and analysis of a selection of responses to it, from reviews by Dickens' contemporaries to current post-colonial, feminist, and other analyses. An appendix offers the original ending of the novel and chapter equivalents for the Clarendon edition. Paper edition (unseen), $14.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780231119252
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/24/1999
  • Series: Columbia Critical Guides Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Nicolas Tredell teaches at the University of Sussex.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chapter 1 Early Expectations: Reviews 1861-62 11
Chapter 2 Expectations Lost and Found: 1870-1949 36
Chapter 3 Expanding Expectations: The 1950s 70
Chapter 4 Consolidating Expectations: The 1960s and 1970s 95
Chapter 5 Upsetting Expectations: The 1980s 121
Chapter 6 Exceeding Expectations: The 1990s 144
Appendix A The Original Ending of Great Expectations 168
Appendix B Chapter Equivalents for the Clarendon Edition 169
Notes 171
Bibliography 187
Acknowledgements 198
Index 199
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