In this Readers' Guide, Nicolas Tredell introduces and sets in context 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, political, psychological, social and sexual terms, relating it to its own time and to a range of 20th century critical and theoretical perspectives. Exploring secondary sources from the first 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 novels.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction.- Early Expectations: Reviews 1861-62.- Expectations Lost and Found: 1870-1949.- Expanding Expectations: The 1950s.- Consolidating Expectations: The 1960s and 1970s.- Upsetting Expectations: The 1980s.- Exceeding Expectations: The 1990s.- Appendix A: The Original Ending of Great Expectations.- Appendix B: Chapter Equivalents for the Clarendon Edition.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Acknowledgements.- Index.
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