David Copperfield and Great Expectations are among Charles Dickens's most famous novels. In both books, the hero tells the vivid and absorbing tale of his education by life, presents a rich range of characters and scenes, and tackles profound moral, social and psychological themes.
Part I of this essential study:
• provides lucid and penetrating analyses of key passages
• discusses the crucial topics of patriarchy, class, obsession, eccentricity, death, breakdown and recovery
• summarizes the methods of analysis and offers suggestions for further work.
Part II supplies key background material, including:
• an account of Dickens's life and works
• a survey of historical, cultural and literary contexts
• samples of significant criticism.
Also featuring a valuable Further Reading section, this volume provides readers with the critical and analytical skills which will enable them to enjoy and explore both novels for themselves.
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Table of Contents
General Editor's Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Note on Quotations.- Introduction.- PART I: ANALYSING 'DAVID COPPERFIELD' AND 'GREAT EXPECTATIONS'.- 1. Introduction.- 2. Sons and Patriarchs.- 3. Ladies and Gentlemen.- 4. Obsessives and Eccentrics.- 5. Moments of Truth.- 6. Dying in Style.- 7. Breakdown and Recovery.- PART II: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS.- 8. Charles Dickens: Life and Works.- 9. The Historical, Cultural and Literary Context.- 10. A Sample of Critical Views.- 11. Further Reading.-Index.
What People are Saying About This
an excellent addition to Palgrave's Analysing Texts series … this is a very user-friendly book. Tredell is rightly enthusiastic about Dickens and brings this enthusiasm to bear on key themes and tropes in Dickens's work … as a concise guide to these novels, and their author, this would take some beating.' - Adam Hansen, Northumbria University, in The Literary London Journal, Volume 12 Number 1–2 (Spring/Autumn 2015)