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Dickens and Democracy in the Age of Paper

Representing the People

Carolyn Vellenga Berman

Dickens and Democracy in the Age of Paper

Dickens and Democracy in the Age of Paper

Representing the People

Dickens and Democracy in the Age of Paper

 

Studies Victorian parliamentiary literature in tandem with the novels of Charles Dickens as a means to explore the complex interaction of commercial literature with state experiments in publication.


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Beschrijving Dickens and Democracy in the Age of Paper

This book examines Charles Dickens's fiction alongside publications emanating from Parliament. It argues that Dickens and Parliament were engaged in competitive efforts to represent the People at a crucial moment in the history of representative democracy—when the British government was under enormous political pressure to expand the franchise beyond a narrow band of male landowners. Contending that fiction and the literature of Parliament interacted at a host of
levels—jostling one another in the same bookshops—it reads Dickens's novels in tandem with blue books, the practice texts of shorthand manuals, and Dickens's journalism. It shows how his fiction mocks parliamentary form (as in Pickwick Papers), canvasses the history of parliamentary representation
(as in Bleak House), and depicts the relation of the People to the state as well as commerce (as in Little Dorrit). It thus rethinks the history of the Victorian novel by examining its rivalry with Parliament in the expanding world of print publication.


ISBN
9780192845405
Pagina's
368
Verschijnt
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

Literaire non-fictie