Dickens and the Spirit of the Age

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byAndrew Sanders

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Dickens and the Spirit of the Age considers the extent to which Dickens and his work reflect the vibrant novelty of the middle third of the nineteenth century, an age in which the modern world was shaped and determined. It looks at the culture from which Dickens sprang - a mechanized andincreasingly urbanized culture - and it sees his rootlessness and restlessness as symptomatic of what was essentially new: the period's political and technological enterprise; its urbanization; its new definitions of social class and social mobility; and, finally, its dynamic sense of distinctionfrom the preceding age. Although his fiction was rooted in traditions established and evolved in the eighteenth century, Dickens was uniquely equipped to remould the English novel into a new and flexible fictional form, as a direct response to the social, urban, and political challenges of histime.

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Dickens and the Spirit of the Age considers the extent to which Dickens and his work reflect the vibrant novelty of the middle third of the nineteenth century, an age in which the modern world was shaped and determined. It looks at the culture from which Dickens sprang - a mechanized andincreasingly urbanized culture - and it sees his ...

Charles Dickens (1812-70) is one of England's greatest novelists. Born into a poor family (his father was once imprisoned for debt), Dickens became both rich and famous in his lifetime.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198183542

ISBN - 13:9780198183549

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Man from Nowhere2. Signs of the Times3. Telling of Two Cities4. Simple Faith and Norman Blood: Dickens and Class5. 'So Far Like the Present': Dickens and the Immediate PastSelect BibliographyIndex

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`Sander's book convincingly illustrates Dickens's qualifications for representing and engaging with the novelty of his own age.' Tore Rem, Notes and Queries, Vol.47, No.3, Sept. 00.