Dickens and Popular Entertainment

Dickens and Popular Entertainment

by Paul Schlicke

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First published in 1985. Dickens was a vigorous champion of the right of all men and women to carefree amusements and dedicated himself to the creation of imaginative pleasure. This book represents the first extended study of this vital aspect of Dickens’ life and work, exploring how he channelled his love of entertainment into his artistry. This study offers a challenging reassessment of Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop and Hard Times. It shows the importance of entertainment to Dickens’ journalism and presents an illuminating perspective on the public readings which dominated the last twelve years of his life. This book will be of interest to students of literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317233367
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/28/2016
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Paul Schlicke, lecturer in English at the University of Aberdeen, brings a lifetime's love of Dickens and many years of research to this book. Its importance will be evident not only to students of literature but to anyone interested in the dynamic social transformation of nineteenth-century England and in the history of popular culture.

Table of Contents

Preface; List of Illustrations; References and Abbreviations; Chapter 1 Introduction: Dickens and the Changing Patterns of Popular Entertainment Chapter 2 Popular Entertainment and Childhood Chapter 3 Nicholas Nickleby The Novel as Popular Entertainment Chapter 4 The Old Curiosity Shop The Assessment of Popular Entertainment Chapter 5 Hard Times The Necessity of Popular Entertainment Chapter 6 Popular Entertainment in Dickens’s Journalism Chapter 7 Dickens’s Public Readings: the Abiding Commitment; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index

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