Dickens and the Popular Radical Imagination
Cambridge University Press, 22.03.2007 - 295 Seiten
The relationship between the work of Charles Dickens and popular literature has often been noted, but the extent to which his fiction and journalism were rooted in, and continued to respond to, the popular radical culture of his time had so far been unexplored. Sally Ledger traces the influence of Regency radicals, such as William Hone and William Cobbett, and mid-century radical writers, such as Douglas Jerrold and the Chartists Ernest Jones and G. W. M. Reynolds. She offers substantial readings of works from Pickwick to Little Dorrit, arguing that Dickens's populism bridged eighteenth- and nineteenth-century conceptions of the 'popular', the first identified with the political idea of 'the People', the second identified with a mass-market 'populace' that emerged during Dickens's career. Richly illustrated, this study also uncovers the resonance between Dickens's writings and popular graphic art by George Cruikshank, Robert Seymour, C. J. Grant and others.
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Anne Anon bibliography Bohn British Library British Museum C.J. Grant Cambridge University Press Charles Dickens Museum Chartist Christmas Books colleagues Department of Prints Dickens and popular Dickens’s Douglas Jerrold Dzelzainis earlier form editions and abbreviations Ernest Jones Figaro in London Fin de Sie`cle Gentleman’s Pocket Magazine George Cruikshank Henry G Holly Furneaux House That Jack Humorous Sketches Isobel Armstrong Jack Built London John Cahuac Killed Cock Robin List of illustrations Literature and Culture Little Dorrit Magazine 18 January Matrimonial Ladder London McDonagh Michael Slater Nineteenth-Century Literature Nineteenth-Century Studies Note on editions np by permission Pilgrim Letters Pocket Magazine 18 Political House Poor Law Popular radical culture POPULAR RADICAL IMAGINATION Porteous postgraduate student Prints and Drawings Queen’s Matrimonial Ladder Regency repr reproduced by courtesy Robert Seymour Roger Luckhurst SALLY LEDGER Satirical Tragedy London Scott McCracken students at Birkbeck University of California University of London Victorian Literature William Hone Winyard