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Shakespeare and Dickens
The Dynamics of Influence

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521031516

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  • Tracing Dickens' interest in Shakespeare through his own reading and performance and through numerous theatrical, literary, and artistic sources, Shakespeare and Dickens argues that imaginative transformations of Shakespeare's words and ideas enrich all aspects of Dickens' writing, including aesthetic principles, language, imagery, plot, theme, tone, structure, and characterization. The book proceeds to examine theoretical ideas about influence and allusion as aspects of style, and analyzes ways in which Dickens typically employs references to Shakespeare. The final section catalogues approximately one thousand references to Shakespeare's plays and poems drawn from Dickens' fiction, essays, letters, and speeches.

    • Examines Dickens' textual relationship with Shakespeare
    • Illuminates Dickens' interest in and patronage of the theatre in Victorian England
    • Provides a catalogue of Dickens' references to Shakespeare's sonnets and plays
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    "On all factual matters, it is excellent." Modern Philology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521031516
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    A note on the text and acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. 'A Shakespearean Lot':
    1. 'Treading in the steps': early Shakespearean influences
    2. 'At his tongue's end': Dickens's remarkable memory
    3. 'Eloquent associations': W. C. Macready and Daniel Maclise
    4. 'As if I had been another man': Dickens as actor-manager
    5. 'The noblest of all dramatists': Dickens as theatre critic and editor
    Part II. 'All the Removes and Definitions of Shakespeare's Touchstone':
    6. 'Of imagination all compact': Dickens's aesthetic principles
    7. Definition of critical concepts
    8. Verbal 'fireworks': typical functions of Dickens's Shakespearean references
    9. 'The web I have spun': Shakespeareana in Dombey and Son and David Copperfield
    Part III. 'Signs and Tokens' of Shakespeare: Preface to the catalogue
    Catalogue of Dickens's references to Shakespeare

  • Author

    Valerie L. Gager, Carroll College, Montana

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