New PDF release: Dickens and Modernity (Essays and Studies)

By Juliet John

the size of the 2012 bicentenary celebrations of Dickens's delivery is testimony to his prestige as some of the most globally renowned literary authors the area has ever obvious. but Dickens has additionally develop into linked within the public mind's eye with a selected model of the Victorian earlier and with respectability. His persisted cultural prominence and the "brand attractiveness" accomplished via his photograph and pictures recommend that his imaginative and prescient reaches out past the Victorian interval. but what's the dating among Dickens and the fashionable international? Do his works supply a consoling model of the prior or are they attuned to that country of uncertainty and instability we go together with the nebulous yet resonant suggestion of modernity?
This quantity positions Dickens as either a literary and a cultural icon with acomplex dating to the cultural panorama in his personal interval and because. It seeks to illustrate that oppositions that have pervaded techniques to Dickens - Victorian vs glossy, artist vs entertainer, tradition vs trade - are fake, by way of exploring the variety and multiplicity of Dickens's textual and extra-textual lives. A specifically commissioned Afterword through Florian Schweizer, Director of theDickens 2012 celebrations, bargains a desirable perception into the shaping of this year-long public programme of commemoration of Dickens. just like the quantity as an entire, it asks us to think about the natureof our reference to "this quintessentially Victorian author" and what it really is approximately Dickens that also appeals to humans round the world.

Professor Juliet John holds the Hildred Carlile Chair of English Literature, Royal Holloway, college of London.

participants: Jay Clayton, Holly Furneaux, John Drew, Michaela Mahlberg, Juliet John, Michael Hollington, Joss Marsh, Carrie Sickmann, Kim Edwardes Keates, Dominic Rainsford, Florian Schweizer

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