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Dickens, Violence and the Modern State : Dreams of the Scaffold - Professor Jeremy Tambling

Dickens, Violence and the Modern State

Dreams of the Scaffold

Hardcover Published: 26th September 1995
ISBN: 9780333633892
Number Of Pages: 237

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In a radical reassessment of one of the greatest writers of all time, Dickens, Violence and the Modern State draws on the theories of Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, in addition to Julia Kristeva and Edward Said, to situate Dickens within the discourses circulating within his society - in particular those associated with modernity. Focussing on Dickens's novels written after 1848, his relationship to modernity can be seen in his treatment of violence, seen in two forms in his writing: that of the state (in the rationalising powers of Victorian bourgeois modernisation), and physical violence, as portrayed in Dickens's criminals and interest in masochism and corpses.

Acknowledgements - A Note on References - Introduction: Dickens and the Dream of Scaffolds - Prison Bound: Dickens, Foucault and Great Expectations - 'An Impersonation of the Wintry Eighteen-Hundred and Forty-Six': Dombey and Son - 'A Paralysed Dumb Witness': Allegory in Bleak House - The Password in Little Dorrit - Dickens and Dostoyevsky: Capital Punishment in Barnaby Rudge, A Tale of Two Cities and The Idiot - From Jane Eyre to Governor Eyre: or Oliver Twist to Edwin Drood - The Scum of Humanity: Our Mutual Friend - Index

ISBN: 9780333633892
ISBN-10: 033363389X
Series: Dreams of the Scaffold
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 237
Published: 26th September 1995
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.79  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 2