Dickens and New Historicism

Dickens and New Historicism

by William J. Palmer




Throughout 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's 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312174279
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 12/28/1997
Pages: 203
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii(1)
List of Abbreviations ix
1. Dickens and New Historicism
2. Dickens and the Eighteenth Century
3. Dickens and Shipwreck
4. Dickens and George Barnwell
5. The Movement of History in Our Mutual Friend
6. Dickens's Philosophy of History
Notes 173(10)
Selected Bibliography 183(4)
Index 187

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Magie J. McKnight

"William Palmer's 'Dickens & New Historicism' provides a provocative, timely, and challenging perspective on Dickens as New Historian. Palmer supports this theme throughout the book with insightful close readings and fascinating historical details that reveal both the breadth and depth of his knowledge of 18th and 19th century literary history."

Trey Philpotts

"William Palmer's 'Dickens & New Historicism' is clearly-written, well-researched and frequently stimulating examination of the context of Charles Dickens. Especially impressive is Palmer's introductory survey of New Historicist theory..."

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