eBook Charles Dickens In Context, 1st Edition

  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 1139136194
  • ISBN-13: 9781139136198
  • DDC: 823.8
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 405 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released January 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011
  • Price:  Sign in for price



Charles Dickens, a man so representative of his age as to have become considered synonymous with it, demands to be read in context. This book illuminates the worlds - social, political, economic and artistic - in which Dickens worked. Dickens’s professional life encompassed work as a novelist, journalist, editor, public reader and passionate advocate of social reform. This volume offers a detailed treatment of Dickens in each of these roles, exploring the central features of Dickens’s age, work and legacy, and uncovering sometimes surprising faces of the man and of the range of Dickens industries. Through 45 digestible short chapters written by a leading expert on each topic, a rounded picture emerges of Dickens’s engagement with his time, the influence of his works and the ways he has been read, adapted and re-imagined from the nineteenth century to the present.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Charles Dickens in Context.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Notes on References.
1: Life and Afterlife.
2: The Life of Dickens 1: Before Ellen Ternan.
3: The Life of Dickens 2: After Ellen Ternan.
4: Dickens's Lives.
5: Victorian Stage Adaptations and Novel Appropriations.
6: Reviewing Dickens in the Victorian Periodical Press.
7: The European Context.
8: Major Twentieth-Century Critical Responses.
9: Modern Stage Adaptations.
10: Modern Screen Adaptations.
11: The Heritage Industry.
12: Neo-Victorian Dickens.
13: Social and Cultural Contexts.
14: Popular Culture.
15: The Rise of Celebrity Culture.
16: The Newspaper and Periodical Market.
17: Authorship and the Professional Writer.
18: The Theatre.
19: Melodrama.
20: The Bildungsroman.
21: Visual Culture.
22: The Historical Novel.
23: The Illustrated Novel.
24: Christmas.
25: Childhood.
26: Work.
27: Europe.
28: The Victorians and America.
29: Educating the Victorians.
30: London.
31: Politics.
32: Political Economy.
33: The Aristocracy.
34: The Middle Classes.
35: Urban Migration and Mobility.
36: Financial Markets and the Banking System.
37: Empires and Colonies.
38: Race.
39: Crime.
40: The Law.
41: Religion.
42: Science.
43: Transport.
44: Illness, Disease and Social Hygiene.
45: Domesticity.
46: Sexuality.
47: Gender Identities.
Further Reading.