Recent Dickens Studies: 2010

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This review surveys over a hundred articles, book chapters, and books comprising the year's scholarship on Dickens studies published in 2010. In addition, I consider two recent fictionalizations of the Dickens biog raphy—a novel and a play. Where scholarly materials are concerned, I aimed to be comprehensive. I have not, however, attempted to examine the full range of Dickens adaptations and representations in popular cul ture. Throughout the review, my goal has been to serve readers engaged in their own scholarly projects by suggesting what could prove valuable to them in the methods, insights, and subjects of this impressive and wide-ranging—but dauntingly voluminous—body of research. The article is organized under the following headings: Biography, History, and Refer ence; Dickens the Writer/Dickens and His Readers; Sources, Influence, Intertextual Engagements; Language, Structure, Style, and Genre; Gender, Family, Children, Education; Social Class, Economics, Politics, and the Law; Urban and Cosmopolitan Contexts; Science, Technology, and the Arts; Ethical and Philosophical Approaches; Adaptation.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7756/dsa.043.012.261-358

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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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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