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Dickens's Style


Part of Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Daniel Tyler, John Bowen, Matthew Bevis, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Clare Pettitt, Freya Johnston, Philip Horne, Rebekah Scott, Jennifer Gribble, Bharat Tandon, Garrett Stewart, Helen Small
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  • Date Published: July 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107028432

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  • Charles Dickens, generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian age, was known as 'The Inimitable', not least for his distinctive style of writing. This collection of twelve essays addresses the essential but often overlooked subject of Dickens's style, with each essay discussing a particular feature of his writing. All the essays consider Dickens's style conceptually, and they read it closely, demonstrating the ways it works on particular occasions. They show that style is not simply an aesthetic quality isolated from the deepest meanings of Dickens's fiction, but that it is inextricably involved with all kinds of historical, political and ideological concerns. Written in a lively and accessible manner by leading Dickens scholars, the collection ranges across all Dickens's writing, including the novels, journalism and letters.

    • First comprehensive and accessible investigation into Dickens's writing and the idea of style as a critical tool
    • Contains essays by eminent Dickens scholars from the UK, Australia and the US
    • Ranges widely across all Dickens's writing, including his novels, short stories, travel writing and his journalism
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    'Recommended to scholars and students who are interested in the perils and pleasure of Dickensese.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'Anyone seriously interested in Dickens, especially anyone who cares about his language, will welcome the publication of Dickens's Style. The thirteen essays collected here bring a fresh and consistently illuminating perspective to bear on an aspect of Dickens that has largely been neglected or undervalued in most recent studies of his work … Dickens's Style marks a valuable return to consideration of Dickens's language. As such, it is a useful reminder both of what makes Dickens distinctive and of how close reading at its best remains fundamental to an understanding of his work.' Dickens Quarterly

    '… offers Dickens readers unprecedented insights … Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.' N. Lukacher, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107028432
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Daniel Tyler
    1. Dickens's umbrellas John Bowen
    2. Dickens by the clock Matthew Bevis
    3. Dickens's rhythms Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
    4. Spectres of style Daniel Tyler
    5. Dickens and the form of the historical present Clare Pettitt
    6. 'Gigantic domesticity': the exaggeration of Charles Dickens Freya Johnston
    7. Style and the making of character in Dickens Philip Horne
    8. Snarling Charles: a Saxon style of restraint Rebekah Scott
    9. Compound interest: Dickens's figurative style Jennifer Gribble
    10. Reading the book of himself: the uncommercial traveller and 'Dickensian' style Bharat Tandon
    11. Lived death: Dickens's rogue glyphs Garrett Stewart
    12. Dispensing with style Helen Small
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  • Editor

    Daniel Tyler, University of Oxford
    Daniel Tyler is a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellow in English at Oxford University and a lecturer in English at Lincoln College, Oxford.


    Daniel Tyler, John Bowen, Matthew Bevis, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Clare Pettitt, Freya Johnston, Philip Horne, Rebekah Scott, Jennifer Gribble, Bharat Tandon, Garrett Stewart, Helen Small

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