Dickens, Novel Reading, And The Victorian Popular Theatre by Deborah VlockDickens, Novel Reading, And The Victorian Popular Theatre by Deborah Vlock

Dickens, Novel Reading, And The Victorian Popular Theatre

byDeborah VlockEditorGillian Beer

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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In this study Deborah Vlock shows that characters, dialogue, and plots from many of Charles Dickens' novels can be traced to the Victorian stage, and that contemporary readers and writers of fiction were strongly influenced by what they saw at the theater. Through an examination of theatrical and popular-cultural sources--including accounts of noted actors and actresses, and of popular theatrical characters of the time--Vlock uncovers unexpected precursors for some popular Dickensian characters, and throws new light on the conditions in which Dickens' novels were initially received.
Title:Dickens, Novel Reading, And The Victorian Popular TheatreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521026881

ISBN - 13:9780521026888

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. Dickens and the 'imaginary text'; 3. Theatrical attitudes: performance and the English imagination; 4. Patter and the politics of standard speech in Victorian England; 5. Charles Mathews, Charles Dickens, and the comic female voice; 6. Patter and the problem of redundancy: odd women and Little Dorrit; 7. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"[Vlock] has shown why explanations of the cultural context of novel-reading that emphasize privacy and domesticity are unsatisfactory. She has pointed to a more promising direction for research." D.G. Paz, Albion