Throughout his work, Charles Dickens focused upon the definition, composition, and democratizing of the process of writing history. In Dickens and New Historicism, William J. Palmer takes as his point of departure the New Historicist critical theories articulated by Michel Foucault, Mikhail Bakhtin, Hayden White, Dominick LaCapra and others, and offers a critical analysis of Dickens's complete body of work. Palmer reveals that not only did Dickens give voice to the marginalized participants in the history of the eighteenth century and of his own contemporary Victorian age, but evolved a philosophy of history composed from the perspective of those marginalized voices.
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"William Palmer's 'Dickens & New Historicism' provides a provocative, timely, and challenging perspective on Dickens as New Historian. Palmer supports this theme throughout the book with insightful close readings and fascinating historical details that reveal both the breadth and depth of his knowledge of 18th and 19th century literary history."
"William Palmer's 'Dickens & New Historicism' is clearly-written, well-researched and frequently stimulating examination of the context of Charles Dickens. Especially impressive is Palmer's introductory survey of New Historicist theory..."