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Byronic Baddies, Melodramatic Anxieties

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/9780198184614.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses Byronic baddies and melodramatic anxieties. The Byronic hero appears to symbolise the kind of Romantic individualism Dickens despised. He is a self-destructive role-player, ... More


Intellectual Incorrectness: Melodrama, Populism, Cultural Hierarchies

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/9780198184614.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses intellectual incorrectness in melodrama, populism, and cultural hierarchies. The history of the academic study of English literature provides ample explanation for the ... More


Dickens's Villains: Melodrama, Character, Popular Culture

Juliet John

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198184614
eISBN:
9780191714214
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184614.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book studies Dickens's villains. They embody, the book argues, the crucial fusion between the ‘deviant’ and ‘theatrical’ aspects of his writing. Though there have been many studies of both the ... More


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