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Parentage and Inheritance in the Novels of Charles Dickens : European Studies in English Literature - Anny Sadrin

Parentage and Inheritance in the Novels of Charles Dickens

European Studies in English Literature

Paperback Published: 9th December 2010
ISBN: 9780521172325
Number Of Pages: 184

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Dickens' plots have often been dismissed as conventional or cheaply sensational: Anny Sadrin argues that they should rather be seen as the embodiment of one of Dickens's central preoccupations: dramatised rituals of succession. Through readings of individual texts Professor Sadrin shows how the simple pattern of quest for father which characterises Oliver Twist develops in Dickens's later novels into an extended exploration of the triple inheritance of looks, name and property. Increasing intricacies of plot represent growing tension between conflicting forces in the parent child relationship: the wish to belong and the wish to break free, the quest for identity and the fear of shameful identification, the filial piety of Telemachus and the patricidal yearnings of Oedipus. Throughout, Dickens is using plot to account for the complex process of reinstatement and revaluation which enables rightful heirs to take their rightful place in the family and society."

Introduction: to have or not to be
Parentage and inheritance: in the name of the father, mothers and daughters, fathers in heaven, sons on earth
Domestic and national: Dickens and son, the holy family
The parish boy's progress: a pilgrimage to origins
The sons of Dombey: a daughter after all? The sons of Dombeyism
Nemo's daughter and her inheritance of shame
'Nobody's fault' or the inheritance of guilt: nobody, everybody, somebody
Dickens's disinherited boy and his great expectations: bastard or foundling? From tale to fable
Inheritance or death: money and origins, death in effigy, the holy sacricifice, the alchemist
Conclusion: Oedipus or Telemachus?
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ISBN: 9780521172325
ISBN-10: 0521172322
Series: European Studies in English Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 9th December 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.16