By Juliet John

ISBN-10: 1843843269

ISBN-13: 9781843843269

the dimensions of the 2012 bicentenary celebrations of Dickens's beginning is testimony to his prestige as probably the most globally well known literary authors the realm has ever visible. but Dickens has additionally develop into linked within the public mind's eye with a specific model of the Victorian earlier and with respectability. His persevered cultural prominence and the "brand acceptance" accomplished by means of his photograph and pictures recommend that his imaginative and prescient reaches out past the Victorian interval. but what's the dating among Dickens and the trendy global? Do his works supply a consoling model of the previous or are they attuned to that country of uncertainty and instability we go along with the nebulous yet resonant inspiration of modernity?
This quantity positions Dickens as either a literary and a cultural icon with acomplex dating to the cultural panorama in his personal interval and because. It seeks to illustrate that oppositions that have pervaded ways to Dickens - Victorian vs sleek, artist vs entertainer, tradition vs trade - are fake, by way of exploring the range and multiplicity of Dickens's textual and extra-textual lives. A especially commissioned Afterword through Florian Schweizer, Director of theDickens 2012 celebrations, bargains a desirable perception into the shaping of this year-long public programme of commemoration of Dickens. just like the quantity as an entire, it asks us to think about the natureof our reference to "this quintessentially Victorian author" and what it's approximately Dickens that also appeals to humans round the world.

Professor Juliet John holds the Hildred Carlile Chair of English Literature, Royal Holloway, collage of London.

members: Jay Clayton, Holly Furneaux, John Drew, Michaela Mahlberg, Juliet John, Michael Hollington, Joss Marsh, Carrie Sickmann, Kim Edwardes Keates, Dominic Rainsford, Florian Schweizer

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The size of the 2012 bicentenary celebrations of Dickens's delivery is testimony to his prestige as some of the most globally renowned literary authors the realm has ever obvious. but Dickens has additionally develop into linked within the public mind's eye with a specific model of the Victorian prior and with respectability.

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