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Fugitive Plots in Great Expectations

Julia Sun-Joo Lee

in The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390322
eISBN:
9780199776207
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390322.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter investigates the influence of the slave narrative in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations (1860-61). Dickens read Douglass’ 1845 slave narrative and devoted an entire chapter of his 1842 ... More


Melancholic Men

Janice Carlisle

in Common Scents: Comparative Encounters in High-Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195165098
eISBN:
9780199787685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165098.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter treats the principal male characters of Oliphant's Salem Chapel, Dickens' Great Expectations, and Meredith's Evan Harrington, each of whom is inodorate, a characterization that points to ... More


Our ignorance of others: Middlemarch and Great Expectations

Andrew Bennett

in Ignorance: Literature and Agnoiology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074875
eISBN:
9781781702420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074875.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on the ignorance of others that can be found in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations and George Eliot's Middlemarch, which are considered to be two of the most fully achieved and ... More


Queer Expectations

Barry McCrea

in In the Company of Strangers: Family and Narrative in Dickens, Conan Doyle, Joyce, and Proust

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157636
eISBN:
9780231527330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157636.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter traces the evolution of the figure of the neighbor-disguised-as-stranger and its narrative role across the oeuvre of Charles Dickens, locating the precursor for the queer narrative shift ... More


Smelling Others

Janice Carlisle

in Common Scents: Comparative Encounters in High-Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195165098
eISBN:
9780199787685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165098.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter sets out the osmology typical of high-Victorian fiction, identifying the principles of sensory experience, such as adaptation, that explain its structure and significance. Examples of ... More


A Cautionary Note: Great expeditions and the postwar world

Gill Plain

in John Mills and British Cinema: Masculinity, Identity and Nation

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748621071
eISBN:
9780748651092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621071.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

World War II was won at a tremendous cost to the nation, and in its aftermath the very concept of Britain became subject to fundamental revisions. In terms of popular demand, signs of change had been ... More


A Tale of Two Parents: Charles Dickens's Great Expectations

Rachel Bowlby

in A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199607945
eISBN:
9780191760518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607945.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Dickens's Great Expectations is about the remembered feelings of the boy Pip caught up in the intense emotions of an unusual and enigmatic childhood. But there are also significant parental stories ... More


The ‘Unmapped Country’: Physiology, Consciousness, and the Mysteries of the Inner Life

Jane Wood

in Passion and Pathology in Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187608
eISBN:
9780191674723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187608.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explores the relationship between physiology and consciousness. It begins with the shared fascination of doctors and fiction writers for states of altered consciousness such as those ... More


Charles Dickens’s Heroic Victims: Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Pip

Richard Locke

in Critical Children: The Use of Childhood in Ten Great Novels

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157834
eISBN:
9780231527996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157834.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Charles Dickens's most famous characters, Oliver Twist in The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress (1837–39), David Copperfield in The Personal History of ... More


Realism, Fetishism, and Genocide: Negro Head Tobacco in and around Great Expectations

Elaine Freedgood

in The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226261553
eISBN:
9780226261546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226261546.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Repressed horror circulates in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations in many forms, including domestic abuse, state violence, slavery, and cannibalism. This chapter analyzes fetishism, realism, ... More


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