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“WHAT THE WAVES WERE ALWAYS SAYING”: Voices, Volumes, Dombey and Son

John M. Picker

in Victorian Soundscapes

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195151916
eISBN:
9780199787944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151916.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Charles Dickens's anguish about writing Dombey and Son, his own need to satisfy his increasingly stringent standards of expression in fiction, is reflected in the novel's preoccupation with the ... More


‘The spirit of craft and money-making’: The Indignities of Literature in the 1850s

Clare Pettitt

in Patent Inventions - Intellectual Property and the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199253203
eISBN:
9780191719172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253203.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Both Charles Dickens and William Thackeray supported Sir Henry Cole's aim to publicise the benefits to the consumer of free international trade through the Great Exhibition of 1851 held in London, ... More


Dickens and the Spirit of the Age

Andrew Sanders

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183549
eISBN:
9780191674068
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183549.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book considers the extent to which Dickens and his work reflects the vibrant novelty of the middle third of the 19th century, an age in which the modern world was shaped and determined. It looks ... More


Romanticism and Utopia: Quatrevingt-Treize and Endless Revolution

Kathryn M. Grossman

in The Later Novels of Victor Hugo: Variations on the Politics and Poetics of Transcendence

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199642953
eISBN:
9780191739231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642953.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Chapter 4 turns to Hugo’s Quatrevingt-Treize (1874), a meditation on the French Revolution composed in the wake of the bloody Paris Commune. Set in both Paris and Brittany during the Reign of Terror, ... More


‘Oh, ’tis love, ’tis love …’: Privileged Partnership in Dickens

Michiel Heyns

in Expulsion and the Nineteenth-Century Novel: The Scapegoat in English Realist Fiction

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182702
eISBN:
9780191673870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182702.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Since the manifest design of a Charles Dickens novel is directed at redemption and restoration, the heroine is most often and most overtly the agent of such. In accordance with a simple compulsion or ... More


Victorian Soundscapes

John M. Picker

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195151916
eISBN:
9780199787944
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151916.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book shows how, in more ways than one, Victorians were hearing things. The chapters cover the railway that tore with a shriek, roar, and rattle through an eminent novelist's city and ... More


Telling of Two Cities

Andrew Sanders

in Dickens and the Spirit of the Age

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183549
eISBN:
9780191674068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183549.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

One subsequently highly influential commentator on 19th-century England, Friedrich Engels, found the London of the 1840s, Dickens's London, at once an exhilarating and a profoundly disturbing place. ... More


Simple Faith and Norman Blood: Dickens and Class

Andrew Sanders

in Dickens and the Spirit of the Age

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183549
eISBN:
9780191674068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183549.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Dickens came to America as a celebrity and he showed himself to be supremely happy in being celebrated as such. Yet Dickens was always somewhat ill at ease in America and with American institutions. ... More


Introduction

Juliet John

in Dickens's Villains: Melodrama, Character, Popular Culture

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198184614
eISBN:
9780191714214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184614.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter introduces the book's purpose and scope to the reader. The author aims to illuminate the crucial symbiosis that exists between the ‘deviant’ and the ‘theatrical’ aspects of Dickens's ... More


Serial Bachelorhood and Counter‐Marital Plotting

Holly Furneaux

in Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199566099
eISBN:
9780191721915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566099.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Dickens supplements his attention to bachelor parenting with a commitment to counter-marital plotting, articulating male resistance to marriage through diverse modes, ranging from the comic to the ... More


Dickens, Acting, and Ambivalence: Periodical Passions

Juliet John

in Dickens's Villains: Melodrama, Character, Popular Culture

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198184614
eISBN:
9780191714214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184614.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses Dickens, acting, and ambivalence in relation to periodical passions. Dickens's thoughts on villainy are in no way simplistically schematic, or even consistent. Throughout his ... More


Expulsion and the Nineteenth-Century Novel: The Scapegoat in English Realist Fiction

Michiel Heyns

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182702
eISBN:
9780191673870
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182702.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book examines the notion that the realist novel reinforces existing social structures through its techniques of representation. It depicts the 19th-century literary scapegoat — the ostensible ... More


Introduction Telling it Straight: Dickens in a Queer Context

Holly Furneaux

in Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199566099
eISBN:
9780191721915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566099.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This introductory chapter begins with a description of the case of James Pratt and John Smith, who were convicted under a sodomy law only fully repealed in England in 1967. It then outlines main ... More


The Critic as Polemicist, 1904–6: G. F. Watts; Blatchford II; Heretics; The Ball and the Cross; Charles Dickens

William Oddie

in Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC, 1874-1908

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199582013
eISBN:
9780191702303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582013.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter focuses on Chesterton's life and works from 1904–6. Shortly after The Napoleon of Notting Hill was published in March 1904, Chesterton produced what, though it is one of his least ... More


The Man from Nowhere

Andrew Sanders

in Dickens and the Spirit of the Age

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183549
eISBN:
9780191674068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183549.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Dickens struck most of his first readers as someone which blazed on to the early-Victorian literary firmament like a meteor. The ambitious but still tentative writer who signed himself with the ... More


‘So Far Like the Present’: Dickens and the Immediate Past

Andrew Sanders

in Dickens and the Spirit of the Age

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183549
eISBN:
9780191674068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183549.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Dickens's response to the historic past was, for the most part, antipathetic. At their best, his retrospects suggest a large degree of ambiguity; at their worst they indicate a profound and restless ... More


The Pleasures of Memory: Learning to Read with Charles Dickens

Sarah Winter

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233526
eISBN:
9780823241132
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233526.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

What are the sources of the commonly held presumption that reading literature should make people more just, humane, and sophisticated? Rendering literary history responsive to the cultural histories ... More


THE SOUNDPROOF STUDY: Victorian Professional Identity and Urban Noise

John M. Picker

in Victorian Soundscapes

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195151916
eISBN:
9780199787944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151916.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter argues that later 19th-century Londoners' deliberations over street music serve as a gauge of that urban community's explicit demands and entrenched biases. It shows how fights for ... More


A Different Context for Sensation: Serialization, Celebrity Culture, and the Feminist Press

Beth Palmer

in Women's Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture: Sensational Strategies

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199599110
eISBN:
9780191725371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599110.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The first chapter explores the new conditions of the press in the 1850s and 1860s that made it possible for Braddon, Wood and Marryat to become successful author-editors. The trends in the periodical ... More


The Woman in White, Great Expectations, and the Limits of Medicine

Helen Small

in Love's Madness: Medicine, the Novel, and Female Insanity, 1800-1865

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184911
eISBN:
9780191674396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184911.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

For Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens, writing at a time when powerful sectors of the medical profession were increasingly insisting that knowledge of human life would be grounded in physiology ... More


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