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Daniel Hack

in Reaping Something New: African American Transformations of Victorian Literature

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196930
eISBN:
9781400883745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196930.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter illustrates how the African Americanization of Charles Dickens' Bleak House makes newly visible and meaningful certain aspects of the novel even as it calls into question the power of ... More


Victorian Literature, Utility, Political Economy: The Case of

Kathleen Blake

in Pleasures of Benthamism: Victorian Literature, Utility, Political Economy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199563265
eISBN:
9780191721809
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563265.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Chapter 1 introduces stakes for Victorian literary‐cultural studies of attention to Utilitarianism and political economy, locating reasons for their widespread neglect and repudiation. Reading ... More


Dickens: Transformist

Ian Duncan

in Human Forms: The Novel in the Age of Evolution

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691175072
eISBN:
9780691194189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691175072.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter explores Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and Charles Dickens's Bleak House. Dickens brings to a head the Romantic intuition about urban life developed by Walter Scott and Victor Hugo in ... More


Network

Caroline Levine

in Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691160627
eISBN:
9781400852604
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160627.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter begins with an investigation of encounters between unified wholes and networked connections, a set of relations that has been absolutely fundamental to cultural studies, from early ... More


Amelia’s Bloomers: Bleak House Refashioned

Sarah Meer

in American Claimants: The Transatlantic Romance, c. 1820-1920

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198812517
eISBN:
9780191894695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812517.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter draws on the discussions in chapter 4 (illegitimacy, links with British editors, Julia Griffiths’s role), to read the reprinting of Bleak House in Frederick Douglass’ Paper. This brings ... More


From Udolpho to Spitalfields: Mapping Gothic London

Mighall Robert

in A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction: Mapping History's Nightmares

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199262182
eISBN:
9780191698835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262182.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the influence of Charles Dickens and G. W. M. Reynolds on the changes in the Gothic fiction landscape in England during the mid-Victorian period. It suggests that the works of ... More


Social Bodies: Dickens and the Disabled Narrator in Bleak House

Kylee-Anne Hingston

in Articulating Bodies: The Narrative Form of Disability and Illness in Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620757
eISBN:
9781789629491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620757.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Dickens makes disability central to his social condition novel Bleak House (1851–53) by revealing exactly midway through its serial publication that Esther Summerson, one of its two narrators, has ... More


Narrative form and Social Sense in Bleak House and The French Revolution

Jonathan Arac

in Impure Worlds: The Institution of Literature in the Age of the Novel

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231782
eISBN:
9780823241149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231782.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter points to one of the major institutional facts of literature in the years around 1830, what Bulwer defined as the “revolution” that has been affected by Periodical Literature. The ... More


Dickensian Realism and Telescopic Philanthropy

Frank Christianson

in Philanthropy in British and American Fiction: Dickens, Hawthorne, Eliot and Howells

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625086
eISBN:
9780748652068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625086.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter provides readings of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Bleak House that responds to a critical tradition which sees philanthropy as a failed effort to transform the system, ... 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


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


Introduction

Jill Rappoport

in Giving Women: Alliance and Exchange in Victorian Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199772605
eISBN:
9780199919000
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772605.003.0000
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Women's Literature

“Giving women” were more than the altruistic subjects of philanthropy or passive objects of heterosexual exchange that they often become in anthropological traditions, or the literary criticism based ... More


Bleak House and the Curious Secrets: “Who Copied That?”

Hilary M. Schor

in Curious Subjects: Women and the Trials of Realism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199928095
eISBN:
9780199980550
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928095.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Women's Literature

From its first chapter, Bleak House provides a short history of realist fiction, not just for the sheer pleasure of showing off, but to suggest the myriad ways information reaches readers of the ... More


Paperwork and Philanthropy: Dickens’s Involvement in Metropolitan Improvement

Joanna Hofer-Robinson

in Dickens and Demolition: Literary Afterlives and Mid-Nineteenth Century Urban Development

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474420983
eISBN:
9781474453738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420983.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter analyses Dickensian afterlives in nineteenth-century philanthropic works alongside an investigation of Dickens’s personal involvement in a scheme to improve London’s provision of housing ... More


A Parliament of Monsters: Romantic Nonhumans and Victorian Erasure

Ted Geier

in Meat Markets: The Cultural History of Bloody London

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474424714
eISBN:
9781474434522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424714.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Shows the robust nonhuman concern in Romantic works through new readings of Mary Shelley, Burns, Wordsworth, Clare, and Coleridge. The chapter traces these themes and forms of threatened, abject life ... More


Proposals and Performative Utterance in the Nineteenth-Century Novel: The Professional Man's Plight

Robert A. Ferguson

in Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812042
eISBN:
9780199315888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812042.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the ubiquitous plot device of the marriage proposal. It argues that the marriage plot provides resolution in the novel of manners for the same reason that comedy has used the ... More


Dying like a Dog in Dickens

Ivan Kreilkamp

in Minor Creatures: Persons, Animals, and the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226576237
eISBN:
9780226576404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226576404.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter finds in both Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, and in Dickens’ several depictions of the slaughterhouses of London’s Smithfield Market, a concern with the possibility that whole, ... More


Organizing Things in Dickens: Comprehension and Narrative Form

Elaine Auyoung

in When Fiction Feels Real: Representation and the Reading Mind

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190845476
eISBN:
9780190845506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190845476.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter demonstrates how the organization of narrative information can shape a reader’s impression of what is represented. It focuses on two ways in which concrete objects are arranged in ... More


Vividness in Mathematics and Narrative

Timothy Gowers

in Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149042
eISBN:
9781400842681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149042.003.0007
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter examines vividness in mathematics and narrative. It first gives two presentations of the mathematical notion of a group before explaining how to calculate highest common factors. It then ... More


Dickens: Three Notes {1994}

Irving Howe

in A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300203660
eISBN:
9780300210583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0024
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1994 essay “Dickens: Three Notes,” in which he talks about the problem of rendering goodness in fiction by focusing on Charles Dickens. According to Howe, Dickens, ... More


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