The new critical approaches that have swept through literary criticism in recent years have transformed our sense of David Copperfield and Hard Times. There is now a new kind of understanding of how both novels emerge from and relate to the 1850's. In collecting together the most original and exciting, innovative work on David Copperfield and Hard Times, this New Casebook offers the reader an excellent and unique introduction to current critical thinking about Dickens.
The new critical approaches that have swept through literary criticism in recent years have transformed our sense of David Copperfield and Hard Times.
Acknowledgements.- General Editors' Preface.- Introduction; J.Peck Cookery, not Rookery: Family and Class in David Copperfield; C.R. Vanden Bossche David Copperfield: The Decomposing Self; S.Edwards.- The Man-of-Letters Hero: David Copperfield and the Professional Writer; M.Poovey.- The Lost Self: Gender in David Copperfield; M.Myers.- 'In Search of Beein': Nom/Non du Pere in David Copperfield; V.Carmichael.- Self-Conflict in David Copperfield; J.Kucich.- Deconstructing Dickens: Hard Times; S.Connor.- Family and Society in Hard Times; C.Gallagher.- Writing as a Woman: Dickens, Hard Times, and Feminine Discourses; J.Ferguson Carr Wonderful.- No-Meaning: Language and the Psychopathology of the Family in Hard Times; R.Fabrizio.- Further Reading.- Notes on Contributors.- Index.
JOHN PECK lectures in English at the University of Wales, Cardiff.