The Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens

ISBN : 9780198743415

Robert L. Patten; John O. Jordan; Catherine Waters
832 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Sep 2018
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The Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens is a comprehensive and up-to-date collection on Dickens's life and works. It includes original chapters on all of Dickens's writing and new considerations of his contexts, from the social, political, and economic to the scientific, commercial, and religious. The contributions speak in new ways about his depictions of families, environmental degradation, and improvements of the industrial age, as well as the law, charity, and communications. His treatment of gender, his mastery of prose in all its varieties and genres, and his range of affects and dramatization all come under stimulating reconsideration. His understanding of British history, of empire and colonization, of his own nation and foreign ones, and of selfhood and otherness, like all the other topics, is explained in terms easy to comprehend and profoundly relevant to global modernity.


Time Line
Dickens Family Tree
Part I: Personal and Professional Life
1 Rosemarie Bodenheimer: Biographical Dickens
2 Leon Litvack: Dickens's Lifetime Reading
3 John Bowen: Dickens as Professional Author
4 Tony Williams: Dickens as a Public Figure
Part II. The Works
5 Paul Schlicke: Dickens's Early Sketches
6 Jeremy Tambling: Pickwick Papers: The Posthumous Life of Writing
7 Galia Benziman: Oliver Twist: Urban Aesthetics and the Homeless Child
8 Jon Varese: Nicholas Nickleby: Equity vs. Law
9 Sarah Winter: 6IThe Old Curiosity Shop and Master Humphrey's Clock
10 Mark Eslick: Barnaby Rudge and the Jesuit Menace
11 Logan Delano Browning: Martin Chuzzlewit
12 Michal P. Ginsburg: Dombey and Son and the Question of Reproduction
13 Ruth Glancy: Christmas Books and Stories
14 Philip Davis: David Copperfield
15 Kate Flint: Bleak House
16 Grahame Smith: Hard Times for Our Times
17 Francesca Orestano: Little Dorrit
18 Nathalie Vanfasse: A Tale of Two Cities
19 Mary Hammond: Great Expectations
20 Ian Duncan: Our Mutual Friend
21 Peter Orford: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
22 Michael Hollington: 'Milestones on the Dover Road': Dickens and Travel
23 Hazel Mackenzie: Journalism and Correspondence
24 Molly Clark Hillard: Charles Dickens and the 'Dark Corners' of Children's Literature
Part III: The Socio-Historical Contexts
25 James Eli Adams: The Trouble with Angels: Dickens, Gender, and Sexuality
26 Holly Furneaux: Domesticity and Queer Theory
27 Tyson Stolte: Psychology, Psychiatry, Mesmerism, Dreams, Insanity, and Psychoanalytic Criticism
28 Jonathan Smith: Dickens and Astronomy, Biology, and Geology
29 David Vincent: Social Reform
30 Richard Menke: Dickens, Industry, and Technology
31 Claire Wood: Material Culture
32 Wendy Parkins: Dickens and Affect
33 David Paroissien: History and Change: Dickens and the Past
34 Chris Vanden Bossche: Class and its Distinctions
35 James Buzard: Race, Imperialism, Colonialism, Post-Colonialism, and Cosmopolitanism
36 Ayse Celikkol: Dickens, Political Economy, and Money
37 Jennifer McDonell: Dickens and Animal Studies
38 Allen MacDuffie: Dickens and the Environment
39 Jennifer Gribble: Dickens and Religion
40 Helena Michie: Drinking in Dickens
41 Chip Badley and Kay Young: Cognitive Dickens
Part IV: The Literary and Cultural Contexts
42 Daniel Tyler: Dickens's Language
43 Robert Tracy: Genres: Auctor Ludens, or Dickens at Play
44 John Glavin: Dickens and the Theatre
45 Helen Groth: Dickens' Visual Mediations
Part V: Dickens Re-Visioned
46 Paul Young: Dickens's World System: Globalized Modernity as Combined and Uneven Development
47 Regenia Gagnier: Dickens's Global Circulation
48 Sharon Aronofsky Weltman: Adopting and Adapting Dickens Since 1870: Stage, Film, Radio, Television
49 Juliet John: Adopting and Adapting Dickens in the Internet Age

About the author: 

Robert L. Patten writes primarily about Victorian literature, graphic arts, and print culture. He has co-edited volumes of essays on Dickens with John O. Jordan (Literature in the Marketplace, Cambridge, 1995) and John Bowen (Palgrave Advances in Charles Dickens Studies, Palgrave, 2006). His books on Dickens include Charles Dickens and His Publishers (Oxford, 1978; 2nd edn. enlarged, 2017) and the Colby prize winning Charles Dickens and Boz: The Birth of the Industrial-Age Author, Cambridge, 2012). His two-volume biography, George Cruikshank's Life, Times, and Art (Rutgers, 1992, 1996) was named the best biography of the 1990s by the Guardian. And for the Ashgate Library of Essays on Charles Dickens, a 6-volume series edited by Catherine Waters, he edited the volume on Dickens and Victorian Print Culture (2012).; John O. Jordan is Research Professor of Literature and Director of the Dickens Project at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of Supposing Bleak House (U if Virginia Press, 2011). He edited The Cambridge Companion to Charles Dickens (2001) and has co-edited several essay collections on Victorian Literature and on Dickens, most recently Global Dickens (Ashgate 2012).; Catherine Waters is Professor of Victorian Literature and Print Culture at the University of Kent. She is the author of Dickens and the Politics of the Family (Cambridge UP 1997) and Commodity Culture in Dickens's Household Words: The Social Life of Goods (Ashgate 2008). She is series editor of the 6-volume collection, A Library of Essays on Charles Dickens (Ashgate 2012) and has co-edited several essay collections devoted to Dickens, the most recent being Dickens and the Imagined Child, co-edited with Peter Merchant (Ashgate 2015). She is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Dickens Journals Online project and a vice-president of the Canterbury branch of the Dickens Fellowship.

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