Dickens Quarterly

A scholarly journal devoted to the study of the life, time and works of Charles Dickens.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 2, June

Address at the Wreathlaying Ceremony to Mark the Bicentenary of the Birth of Charles Dickens, Westminster Abbey, 7 February 2012
It's difficult to tell the truth about human beings. Every novelist knows this in a special way, and when Dickens sets out to tell the truth about human beings he does it outrageously, by exaggeration, by caricature. The figures we remember most readily...
A Tale of Four Cities Conference
LONDON. Hilary Term just begun, and Robert L. Patten sitting in the Dickens Museum reflects on perhaps the most extraordinary and superbly organized of the events celebrating Dickens's bicentenary to date. In each of these cities, he comments, the...
Dickens and the Artists: 19 June-28 October 2012
"He had no doubt a strong natural instinct for art, and there are in many of his books descriptions ... which only a writer with an innate feeling for artistic effect could possibly have described, and he had also a very just and accurate eye, and...
Great Expectations: Dickens's Muscular Novel
Writing in the Edinburgh Review in October 1858, James Fitzjames Stephen found himself considering a new kind of prose fiction: ... rather a favourable specimen of a class of books which are one of the most characteristic literary products of...
Jenny Hartley, Ed.: The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens
Jenny Hartley, ed. The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens. Oxford/New York: Oxford UP, 2012. Pp. 584. $34.95. This is the book we have all been waiting for. Very few Dickensians, whether devoted general readers or specialist scholars, can afford...
Michael Allen. Charles Dickens and the Blacking Factory
Michael Allen. Charles Dickens and the Blacking Factory: Oxford-Stockley Publications: St. Leonards, 2011. Pp. 310. [pounds sterling]24.95. For a novelist given to secrecy and burdened with memories of a past he worked hard to conceal, Dickens behaved...
Mountain Thoroughfares: Charles Dickens and the Alps
Charles Dickens's interest, exploration, and treatment of Switzerland and the Alps from the 1840s through to the late 1860s coincided with a period of rapid change in the region. The newly established rail network through Europe brought the Alps within...
Natalie Cole. Dickens and Gender: Recent Studies, 1992-2008
Natalie Cole. Dickens and Gender: Recent Studies, 1992-2008. Brooklyn, NY: AMS Press, 2009. Pp. xxxii + 214. $94.50. Most readers of Natalie Cole's Dickens and Gender will likely read it as a reference guide and not, as I did, from cover to cover....
Schaffer, Talia. Novel Craft: Victorian Domestic Handicraft & Nineteenth-Century Fiction
Schaffer, Talia. Novel Craft: Victorian Domestic Handicraft & Nineteenth-Century Fiction. Oxford UP, 2011. Pp. xii + 228. $65.00 In Novel Craft, Talia Schaffer examines how handicrafts such as knitting and leather-leaf making reveal Victorian...
"[S]imply Because I Found Her Irresistible": Female Erotic Power and Feminism in Great Expectations
Great Expectations is a novel filled with mutilated women; Miss Havisham, Mrs. Joe and Estella all suffer terribly in the hands of the men. They are, as Lucy Frost argues, all tamed by violence. Energy in women appears as destructive and goodness as...
The Dickens Quarterly Checklist
Primary Sources Bleak House. New York: Vintage Classics, 2012. ISBN: 9780307947192. David Copperfield. New York: Vintage Classics, 2012. ISBN: 9780307947178. Hard Times. London: HarperPress, 2012. ISBN: 9780007449941. --. New York: Vintage...
Twists in Oliver Twist
"We name our fondlins in alphabetical order,'" Bumble informs Mrs. Mann; "'The last was an S.-Swubble, I named him. This was a T.-Twist, I named him'" (23; ch. 2). Arguably, being called "Twist" is better than being known as Swubble," (1) although...
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