Authors in Context: Charles Dickens

Paperback | May 23, 2009

byAndrew Sanders

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Authors in Context examines the work of major authors in relation to their own times and to the present day. Combining history with lively literary discussion, each volume provides comprehensive insight into texts in their context. Charles Dickens was both a representative Victorian and an artist who is quintessentially a 'Post-Romantic'. He was the most popular author of his age and the one who most vividly reflected the contradictory impulses of Victorian society, its energy and invention as much as its social and politicalanomalies. This book explores Dickens's interest in the urban phenomenon which so marks nineteenth-century culture, and it looks at the vital interconnection between his life and his art. Like his character, David Copperfield, Dickens lived his life and pursued his career 'thoroughly in earnest',but he was also a great comic writer whose work resonates well beyond his own age and continues to be recontextualized on the stage, on film, and on television.

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Authors in Context examines the work of major authors in relation to their own times and to the present day. Combining history with lively literary discussion, each volume provides comprehensive insight into texts in their context. Charles Dickens was both a representative Victorian and an artist who is quintessentially a 'Post-Romant...

Andrew Sanders has edited David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities for OWC. He is the author of Dickens and the Spirit of the Age (1999) and The Short Oxford History of English Literature (1994, 2000). He was formerly Editor of The Dickensian.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.58 inPublished:May 23, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199556091

ISBN - 13:9780199556090

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Table of Contents

1. Dickens's Life2. 'These Times of Ours': Dickens, Politics, and Society3. The Literary Context4. Urban Society: London and Class5. Utilitarianism, Religion, and History6. Science and Technology7. Recontextualizing Dickens