Dickens and the Politics of the Family: DICKENS & THE POLITICS OF THE by Catherine WatersDickens and the Politics of the Family: DICKENS & THE POLITICS OF THE by Catherine Waters

Dickens and the Politics of the Family: DICKENS & THE POLITICS OF THE

byCatherine Waters

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The fictional representation of the family has long been regarded as a Dickensian speciality; yet any close examination of his novels reveals a remarkable disjunction between his image as the quintessential celebrant of the hearth, and his interest in fractured families. Drawing on feminist and new historicist methodologies, Catherine Waters argues that Dickens' novels record a shift in notions of the family away from stress on the importance of lineage and blood toward a new ideal of domesticity assumed to be the natural form of the family.
Title:Dickens and the Politics of the Family: DICKENS & THE POLITICS OF THEFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:October 20, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521021154

ISBN - 13:9780521021159

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the making and breaking of the family; 2. Fractured families in the early novels: Oliver Twist and Dombey and Son; 3, Dickens, Christmas and the family; 4. Little Dorrit; 5. A Tale of Two Cities; 6. Great Expectations; 7. Our Mutual Friend; Postscript; Select bibliography.

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"...Waters's deft handling of the context of the novels' production and her succinct, yet careful, readings make this book a solid contribution to Dickens scholarship." Joseph W. Childers