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Dickens and the Grown-Up Child - M. Andrews

Dickens and the Grown-Up Child

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1994
ISBN: 9780333594353
Number Of Pages: 214

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The child who stops growing, infantile senility, the "old-fashioned" child, child-wives and child-mothers, the rejuvenated adult - Dickens's writings parade before readers a gallery of bizarre hybrids. This study focuses on the complicated and unresolved relationship between childhood and adulthood in Dickens's fictional and non-fictional work. In challenginig the familiar view that the source of such anomalies lies in Dickens's own childhood experiences, Malcolm Andrews explores the extent to which Dickens was heir to an older cultural debate about primitivism and progressivism - a debate which Dickens adapted to his own preoccupations with the tensions between childhood and maturity. In examining these issues, he concentrates on the fiction of Dickens's middle years, particularly "David Copperfield" and on some of the journalistic essays. The book combines original critical insight with a new examination of socio-political and educational theory in the 19th century. Malcolm Andrews is the author of "Dickens on England and the English" and "The Search for the Picturesque".

Acknowledgements - Introduction - PART 1: CHILDHOOD AND MATURITY - The Idea of Childhood: A Genealogy - The Savage, the Child and the Caves of Ignorance - 'The Birthplace of his Fancy' - 'Where We Stopped Growing' - PART 2: THE GROWN-UP CHILD - Grown-up Children in the Novels - Christmas and Rejuvenation - Dombey and Son: The New-Fashioned Man and the Old-Fashioned Child - David Copperfield: I: Children and the Childlike - David Copperfield: II: The Trials of Maturity - Childhood as Counter-Culture - Appendix A: 'Dullborough Town' - Appendix B: 'Where We Stopped Growing' - Notes - Index

ISBN: 9780333594353
ISBN-10: 0333594355
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 1st April 1994
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.5  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 3