Dickens's Great Expectations

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Mai 2002



" Dickens scholar Jerome Meckier's acclaimed Hidden Rivalries in Victorian Fiction examined fierce literary competition between leading novelists who tried to establish their credentials as realists by rewriting Dicken's novels. In his new book, Meckier argues that in Great Expectations , Dickens not only updated David Copperfield but also rewrote novels by Lever, Thackeray, Collins, Shelley, and Charlotte and Emily Brontë. He parodically revised his competitors' themes, characters, and incidents to discredit their novels as unrealistic fairytales imbued with Cinderella motifs. Dickens darkened his fairytale perspective by replacing Cinderella with the story of Misnar's collapsible pavilion from The Tales of the Genii (a popular, pseudo-oriental collection). The Misnar analogue supplied a corrective for the era's Cinderella complex, a warning to both Haves and Have-nots, and a basis for Dickens's tragicomic view of the world.


Jerome Meckier, professor of English at the University of Kentucky and past president of The Dickens Society, is the author several books, including Hidden Rivalries in Victorian Fiction and Innocent Abroad. Dickens's Great Expectations completes an informal trilogy.
EAN: 9780813122281
ISBN: 0813122287
Untertitel: Misnar's Pavilion Versus Cinderella. HC gerader Rücken kaschiert. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: The University Press of Kentucky
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2002
Seitenanzahl: 298 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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