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Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities : A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook - Ruth Glancy

Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities

A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

By: Ruth Glancy (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st February 2006
ISBN: 9780415287609
Number Of Pages: 174

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Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" (1859) is often criticised for its melodramatic soap-opera plot, yet his bold treatment of the violence and terrors of the French Revolution is still widely read and enjoyed today. More complex than it first appears, "A Tale of Two Cities" demonstrates Dickens's profound understanding of human nature exemplified in mob behaviour, implacable hatred, and powerful, enduring love. It is firmly established as part of courses at undergraduate and secondary level around the world, and is especially important for students of Victorian or Nineteenth-Century Literature. It is firmly established as part of courses at undergraduate and secondary level around the world and is especially important for students of Victorian or Nineteenth-Century Literature, who will find our guide indispensible. Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Dickens's dramatic novel offers: - extensive introductory comment on the contexts and many interpretations of the text, from publication to the present - annotated extracts from key contextual documents, reviews, critical works and the text itself - cross-references between documents and sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism - suggestions for further reading. This volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of "A Tale of Two Cities" and seeking not only a guide to the novel, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Dickens' text.

List of Illustrationsp. x
Annotation and Footnotesp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Contextual Overviewp. 7
Overview of the French Revolution, 1789-93p. 7
Dickens's Sources for his Portrayal of the French Revolutionp. 12
The French Revolution and Englandp. 13
The Frozen Deep and Other Biographical Influencesp. 14
The French Revolution in Literaturep. 17
Prisons and Prisonersp. 18
Chronologyp. 21
Contemporary Documentsp. 30
From Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Confessions (1781-8)p. 30
From Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution (1837)p. 31
From Charles Dickens, "Philadelphia, and its Solitary Prison" (1842)p. 37
From [Charles Dickens], "Judicial Special Pleading" (1848)p. 39
From [Charles Dickens], "Where We Stopped Growing" (1853)p. 41
From Charles Dickens' Book of Memoranda (1855-c.1866)p. 42
From Wilkie Collins, The Frozen Deep (1857)p. 44
From Percy Fitzgerald, "The Eve of a Revolution" (1858)p. 45
From Charles Dickens, The Letters of Charles Dickens, (5 June 1860)p. 48
Critical Historyp. 53
Early Critical Receptionp. 60
From Anonymous, "Charles Dickens's New York. A Tale of Two Cities" (1859)p. 60
From Anonymous, "A Tale of Two Cities" (1859)p. 61
From [Sir James Fitzjames Stephen], "A Tale of Two Cities" (1859)p. 62
From Anonymous, "A Tale of Two Cities" (1860)p. 65
From John Forster, The Life of Charles Dickens (1872-4)p. 66
Modern Criticismp. 68
From George Orwell, "Charles Dickens" (1940)p. 68
From Taylor Stoehr, Dickens: The Dreamer's Stance (1965)p. 70
From Ana Laura Zambrano, "Charles Dickens and Sergei Eisenstein: The Emergence of Cinema" (1975)p. 76
From John P. McWilliams, Jr., "Progress without Politics: A Tale of Two Cities" (1977)p. 79
From Albert Hutter, "Nation and Generation in A Tale of Two Cities" (1978)p. 83
From Garrett Stewart, Death Sentences. Styles of Dying in British Fiction (1984)p. 87
From Chris Brooks, Signs for the Times (1984)p. 90
From Cates Baldridge, "Alternatives to Bourgeois Individualism in A Tale of Two Cities" (1990)p. 93
From Lisa Robson, "The 'Angels' in Dickens's House: Representation of Women in A Tale of Two Cities" (1992)p. 97
The Novel in Performancep. 102
From Juliet Benita Colman, Ronald Colman: A Very Private Person (1975)p. 104
From Arthur Hopcraft, "The Spirit of Revolution" (1989)p. 106
Key Passages
Introductionp. 111
Note on the Key Passagesp. 111
A Note on the Textp. 111
Synopsis of the Plotp. 111
Chronology of the Novel and the French Revolutionp. 114
Key Passagesp. 115
The Prefacep. 115
Book I, Chapter 1, "The Period"p. 116
Book I, Chapter 2, "The Mail"p. 120
Book I, Chapter 3, "The Night Shadows"p. 121
Book I, Chapter 5, "The Wine-Shop"p. 124
Book II, Chapter 3, "A Disappointment"p. 126
Book II, Chapter 6, "Hundreds of People"p. 128
Book II, Chapter 7, "Monsieur the Marquis in Town"p. 131
Book II, Chapter 9, "The Gorgon's Head"p. 134
Book II, Chapter 19, "An Opinion"p. 137
Book II, Chapter 21, "Echoing Footsteps"p. 139
Book II, Chapter 22, "The Sea Still Rises"p. 144
Book II, Chapter 23, "Fire Rises"p. 146
Book III, Chapter 2, "The Grindstone"p. 148
Book III, Chapter 9, "The Game Made"p. 149
Book III, Chapter 13, "Fifty-two"p. 151
Book III, Chapter 14, "The Knitting Done"p. 157
Book III, Chapter 15, "The Footsteps Die Out For Ever"p. 160
Further Reading
Recommended Editions of A Tale of Two Citiesp. 167
Recommended Book-Length Studies Related to A Tale of Two Citiesp. 168
Collected Essays on A Tale of Two Citiesp. 168
Recommended Reading for the French Revolutionp. 169
Selected Criticismp. 169
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9780415287609
ISBN-10: 041528760X
Series: Routledge Guides to Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 174
Published: 1st February 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.14  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1