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Charles Dickens: David Copperfield/ Great Expectations

ISBN 9781137283238
Publication Date July 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Analysing Texts

This thought-provoking study takes a fresh look at two of Dickens' most popular texts. Part I uses carefully selected short extracts for close textual analysis, while Part II examines the historical and literary contexts and key criticism. The volume is an ideal introductory guide for those who are studying Dickens' novels for the first time.

Nicolas Tredell is a freelance writer and formerly taught Literature, Film, Drama and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. He is the series editor of Palgrave Macmillan's Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism series and the author of the Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby/Tender is the Night volume in the Analysing Texts series.

General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Note on Quotations
Introduction
PART I: ANALYSING 'DAVID COPPERFIELD' AND 'GREAT EXPECTATIONS'
1. Introduction
2. Sons and Patriarchs
3. Ladies and Gentlemen
4. Obsessives and Eccentrics
5. Moments of Truth
6. Dying in Style
7. Breakdown and Recovery
PART II: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS
8. Charles Dickens: Life and Works
9. The Historical, Cultural and Literary Context
10. A Sample of Critical Views
11. Further Reading
Index

Reviews

an excellent addition to Palgrave's Analysing Texts series … this is a very user-friendly book. Tredell is rightly enthusiastic about Dickens and brings this enthusiasm to bear on key themes and tropes in Dickens's work … as a concise guide to these novels, and their author, this would take some beating.' - Adam Hansen, Northumbria University, in The Literary London Journal, Volume 12 Number 1–2 (Spring/Autumn 2015)
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