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Recent Dickens Studies: 2007

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The following is a review of articles, book chapters, and books of literary criticism on Charles Dickens published in 2007. It shows that Dickens scholarship continues to thrive, that most if not all of it makes worthwhile contributions to the field, and that new historicism continues to predominate as a critical approach. I've organized the review around the following headings: (1) Influences on Dickens/Dickens's Influence; (2) Science, Medicine, and Technology; (3) Gender Studies; (4) PostColonial Studies; (5) Other Interdisciplinary Approaches: Performances/TV/Film, Art, Social Science, Philosophy/Theology, Cultural Studies, Journalism; (6) Travel Writing; (7) Language, Style, Structure, and Genre; (8) Studies of Individual Works; and (9) Bibliographic, Biographic and General Reference Works. The review ends with a few summary comments about the quality of the year's publications on Dickens. While I tried to be as comprehensive as possible, I apologize in advance to anyone whose work I inadvertently left out.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2009

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  • Founded in 1970, the centennial anniversary of Dickens's death, DSA has been published since 1980 by AMS Press in cooperation with the Ph.D. program in English of the City University of New York and in association with the Graduate Center, CUNY and Queens College, CUNY. Besides presenting articles exploring the wide range of Dickens''s interests and talents, DSA also includes essays on other mid- and late- nineteenth-century authors and on the history and aesthetics of the period's fiction. In addition, each volume contains a substantial review article examining a prior year's scholarship on Dickens, and DSA occasionally publishes surveys of work on other Victorian writers, as well as review essays considering specialized studies of subjects in Victorian fiction. The editors seek to offer essays of "the most diverse kinds," those employing innovative as well as traditional approaches.
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