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  • ISBN: 9780312174279
  • ISBN10: 0312174276

Dickens and New Historicism

by William J. Palmer

  • List Price: $135.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publish date: 12/01/1997
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Throughout the body of his work, Charles Dickens focused upon the definition, composition, and democratizing of the process of writing history. In Dickens and New Historicism, William J. Palmer takes as his point of departure the New Historicist critical theories articulated by Michel Foucault, Mikhail Bakhtin, Hayden White, Dominick LaCapra and others, and offers a critical analysis of Dickens' complete body of work. Palmer reveals that not only did Dickens give voice to the marginalized participants in the history of the eighteenth century and of his own contemporary Victorian age, but evolved a philosophy of history composed from the perspective of those marginalized voices. He explores Dickens' use of philosophical, economic, and literary history as generators for plot, theme and character in his novels. As a result, Palmer proves that Dickens' philosophy of history places him at the fulcrum of a history of ideas which emanates from eighteenth-century source and prefigures the existentialist history of the twentieth century. Written by a celebrated novelist of Dickensian mysteries, Dickens and New Historicism is a fresh look at one of the canon's literary giants.
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