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Dickens and the Children of Empire - W. Jacobson

Dickens and the Children of Empire

By: W. Jacobson (Editor)

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"Dickens and the Children of Empire" examines the themes of childhood and empire throughout Dickens' ouevre. The prestigious group of contributors initiate and extend debates on the subjects of post-colonialism, literature of the child, and present childhood as an apt metaphor for the colonized subject in Dickens' work.

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'In their many and varied ways, the articles in Dickens and the Children of Empire interrogate modern constructions of childhood and empire, as espoused or subverted in works by writers such as Dickens, and examine the relationship between images of infantilism and imperialism. All of the articles in this diverse and imaginative collection will prove an invaluable resource for any student, researcher, or lecturer interested in Dickens, imperialism, and images of childhood...' - Jonathan Taylor, Loughborough University, MLR

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Notes on the Contributorsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Spirit and the Allegorical Child: Little Nell's Mortal Aestheticp. 13
Dickens and the Construction of the Childp. 29
Suppressing Narratives: Childhood and Empire in The Uncommercial Traveller and Great Expectationsp. 43
The Imperial Child: Bella, Our Mutual Friend, and the Victorian Picturesquep. 54
Dickens and 'Gold Rush Fever': Colonial Contagion in Household Wordsp. 67
Floating Signifiers of Britishness in the Novels of the Anti-Slave-Trade Squadronp. 78
Dickens and the Native Americanp. 94
Nationalism and Violence: America in Charles Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewitp. 105
Girls Underground, Boys Overseas: Some Graveyard Vignettesp. 116
'What the waves were always saying': Dombey and Son and Textual Ripples on an African Shorep. 128
Savages and Settlers in Dickens: Reading Multiple Centresp. 153
Dickens in Africa: 'Africanizing' Hard Timesp. 173
Primitive and Wingless: the Colonial Subject as Childp. 184
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780333770443
ISBN-10: 0333770447
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 211
Published: 11th October 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1