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Contemporary Dickens

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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 ...

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Overview

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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“Eileen Gillooly and Deirdre David place Contemporary Dickens amidst twenty-first- centuryconcerns, and without preaching, they remind us of Dickens’s relevance to our social experiences and to our experiences of reading fiction. Gillooly, David, and the critics they have assembled never forget that Dickens is the subject and that issues that currently absorb our critical attention originated in nineteenth-century England.” —Barry V. Qualls, professor of English at Rutgers University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814202852
  • Publisher: Ohio State University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Edition description: 2
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Gillooly is Associate Director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at   Columbia University and Associate Faculty in English and Women's Studies. Deirdre David is Professor Emerita of English, Temple University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments IX

Abbreviations XI

Introduction Deirdre David Eileen Gillooly 1

Part 1 Ethics And Narrative

1 Dickens, Secularism, and Agency George Levine 13

2 Dickens and the Goods Robert Newsom 35

3 The Poverty of Charity: Dickensian Sympathy Nancy Yousef 53

4 Uncanny Gifts, Strange Contagion: Allegory in The Haunted Man John Bowen 75

5 Storied Realities: Language, Narrative, and Historical Understanding Richard H. Moye 93

Part 2 Material Culture

6 So, This is Christmas Joseph W. Childers 113

7 Green Dickens Karen Chas Michael Levenson 131

8 Commodity Criticism and Victorian Thing Culture: The Case of Dickens Elaine Freedgood 152

9 Funny Money Tatiana M. Holway 169

10 Enumeration and Exhaustion: Taking Inventory in The Old Curiosity Shop James Buzard 189

Part 3 Contextual Reading

11 Paterfamilias Eileen Gillooly 209

12 Reading with Buzfuz: Dickens, Sexuality, Interrogation James Eli Adams 231

13 Little Dorrit's Theater of Rage Deirdre David 245

14 The Making of Dickens Criticism Deborah Epstein Nord 264

Bibliography 289

Notes on Contributors 305

Index 309

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