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Dickens and Creativity, 1st edition

  • Barbara Hardy

Published by Continuum (September 24th 2008) - Copyright © 2008

1st edition

Dickens and Creativity

ISBN-13: 9781847064592

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Charles Dickens's experience and imagining of creativity is at the heart of his self-awareness, subject-matter and narrative. His intelligence works intuitively rather than conceptually and ideas about imagination often emerge informally in personal letters and implicitly through characters, language and story. His self-analysis and reflexive tendency are embedded in his styles and forms of narrative and dialogue, images of normality, madness, extremity, subversion and disorder, poetry and inter-textuality, anticipating and shaping the languages of modernism, influencing James Joyce and Virginia Woolf as well as traditionalists like H.G. Wells and Evelyn Waugh.¿
Discussing Dickens's novels and some of his letters, sketches, essays and stories, Barbara Hardy offers a fascinating demonstration of creativity.

Table of contents

Editions and Works Cited
1. A Career and its Context
2. Dickens discusses Creativity
3. Awareness of Art in Sketches By Boz, Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Barnaby Rudge, The Old Curiosity Shop, A Christmas Carol and The Chimes
4. The Artist as Narrator in Doctor Marigold, David Copperfield, Bleak House and Great Expectations
5. Talkative Men and Women
6. Imaginative Extremes, Norms and Negations
7. Subversions and Oppositions
8. Crises of Imagination
9. Forecast and Fantasy in Little Dorrit
10. Creative Conversation in Hard Times, Great Expectations and Our Mutual Friend
11. Assertions of Style: Rhythm and Repetition in A Tale of Two Cities and Our Mutual Friend
12. Dialogues with Shakespeare in David Copperfield and Great Expectations
13. Dickens in the Twentieth Century

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