Dickens and the Popular Radical Imagination
By (author) Sally Ledger
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Dickens and the Popular Radical Imagination by Sally Ledger
Book DescriptionThe relationship between the work of Charles Dickens and popular literature has often been noted, but the extent to which his fiction and journalism were rooted in, and continued to respond to, the popular radical culture of his time had so far been unexplored. Sally Ledger traces the influence of Regency radicals, such as William Hone and William Cobbett, and mid-century radical writers, such as Douglas Jerrold and the Chartists Ernest Jones and G. W. M. Reynolds. She offers substantial readings of works from Pickwick to Little Dorrit, arguing that Dickens's populism bridged eighteenth- and nineteenth-century conceptions of the 'popular', the first identified with the political idea of 'the People', the second identified with a mass-market 'populace' that emerged during Dickens's career. Richly illustrated, this study also uncovers the resonance between Dickens's writings and popular graphic art by George Cruikshank, Robert Seymour, C. J. Grant and others.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521845779
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sally Ledger
Charles Dickens in Context, Paperback (October 2013)
This book illuminates the worlds - social, political, economic and artistic - in which Dickens lived and worked.
Dickens and the Popular Radical Imagination, Paperback (March 2010)
Sally Ledger offers substantial readings of the influences of radical writers on works from Pickwick to Little Dorrit.
Fin de Siecle, Paperback (October 2000)
Dealing with the cultural history of the Fin de Siecle, this is an anthology of non-literary writings from 1880-1900. It includes sections on Degeneration, Outcast London, The Metropolis, The New Woman, Literary Debates, The New Imperialism, Socialism, Anarchism, Scientific Naturalism, Psychology, Psychical Research, Sexology, and Racial Science.
Cultural Politics at the Fin de Siecle, Paperback (February 1995)» View all books by Sally Ledger
This book considers the ways in which current conflicts of 'race', class, and gender have their roots in the 1890s.
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Author Biography - Sally Ledger
Sally Ledger is Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at Birkbeck, University of London.
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