ISBN-10:
0813122287
ISBN-13:
9780813122281
Pub. Date:
05/28/2002
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Dickens's Great Expectations: Misnar's Pavilion versus Cinderella

Dickens's Great Expectations: Misnar's Pavilion versus Cinderella

by Jerome Meckier

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Overview

Dickens scholar Jerome Meckier's acclaimed Hidden Rivalries in Victorian Fiction examined fierce literary competition between leading novelists who tried to establish their credentials as realists by rewriting Dickens's novels. Here, Meckier argues that in Great Expectations, Dickens not only updated David Copperfield but also rewrote novels by Lever, Thackeray, Collins, Shelley, and Charlotte and Emily Brontë. He periodically revised his competitors' themes, characters, and incidents to discredit their novels as unrealistic fairy tales imbued with Cinderella motifs. Dickens darkened his fairy tale perspective by replacing Cinderella with the story of Misnar's collapsible pavilion from The Tales of the Genii (a popular, pseudo-oriental collection). The Misnar analogue supplied a corrective for the era's Cinderella complex, a warning to both Haves and Have-nots, and a basis for Dickens's tragicomic view of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813122281
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jerome Meckier, professor of English at the University of Kentucky and past president of The Dickens Society, is the author of several books, including Hidden Rivalries in Victorian Fiction and Innocent Abroad. Dickens's Great Expectations completes an informal trilogy.

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