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Shakespeare and Dickens : the dynamics of influence /
Valerie L. Gager.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
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xx, 419 p. : ill.
ISBN
052145526X (hc)
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
isbn
052145526X (hc)
catalogue key
1830020
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"On all factual matters, it is excellent."Modern Philology
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This book traces Dickens's own interest in Shakespeare from childhood, not only through his own reading and performance but also through numerous theatrical, literary and artistic sources.
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Tracing Dickens' interest in Shakespeare through his own reading and performance and through numerous theatrical, literary and artistic sources, Shakespeare and Dickens discusses the use of Shakespeare's words and ideas to enrich all aspects of Dickens' writing. Included is a catalogue of one thousand references to Shakespeare's plays and poems taken from the full corpus of Dickens' work.
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Tracing Dickens' interest in Shakespeare through his own reading and performance and through numerous theatrical, literary, and artistic sources, Shakespearean Dickens argues that imaginative transformations of Shakespeare's words and ideas enrich all aspects of Dickens' writing, including aesthetic principles, language, imagery, plot, theme, tone, structure, and characterization. The book proceeds to examine theoretical ideas about influence and allusion as aspects of style, and analyses ways in which Dickens typically employs references to Shakespeare. The final section catalogues approximately one thousand references to Shakespeare's plays and poems drawn from Dickens' fiction, essays, letters, and speeches.
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Tracing Dickens' interest in Shakespeare through his own reading and performance and through numerous theatrical, literary and artistic sources, this 1996 book discusses the use of Shakespeare's words and ideas to enrich all aspects of Dickens' writing. Included is a catalogue of one thousand references to Shakespeare's plays and poems taken from the full corpus of Dickens' work.
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Shakespeare and Dickens traces Dickens’ own interest in Shakespeare through his own reading and performance and through numerous theatrical, literary and artistic sources. It argues that imaginative transformations of Shakespeare’s words and ideas enrich all aspects of Dickens’ writing, including aesthetic principles, language, imagery, plot, theme, tone, structure and characterization. The book proceeds to examine theoretical ideas about influence and allusion as aspects of style and analyses ways in which Dickens typically employs references to Shakespeare. The final section contains approximately one thousand references to Shakespeare’s plays and poems drawn from Dickens’ fiction, essays, letters and speeches.
Main Description
Tracing Dickens' interest in Shakespeare through his own reading and performance and through numerous theatrical, literary, and artistic sources, Shakespeare and Dickens argues that imaginative transformations of Shakespeare's words and ideas enrich all aspects of Dickens' writing, including aesthetic principles, language, imagery, plot, theme, tone, structure, and characterization. The book proceeds to examine theoretical ideas about influence and allusion as aspects of style, and analyzes ways in which Dickens typically employs references to Shakespeare. The final section catalogues approximately one thousand references to Shakespeare's plays and poems drawn from Dickens' fiction, essays, letters, and speeches.
Main Description
Shakespeare and Dickens, first published in 1996, traces Dickens' own interest in Shakespeare from childhood, not only through his own reading and performance but also through numerous theatrical, literary and artistic sources. The book proceeds to examine theoretical ideas about influence and allusion as aspects of style and analyses ways in which Dickens typically employs references to Shakespeare. It is argued that imaginative transformations of Shakespeare's words and ideas enrich all aspects of Dickens' writing, including aesthetic principles, language, imagery, plot, atmosphere, theme, tone, structure, foreshadowing and characterization. Dombey and Son and David Copperfield are examined to demonstrate the sophisticated manner in which Dickens engages the reader in a continuous process of reassessment by creating a dense network of quotations, allusions and echoes and integrating successive references to comment upon, modify, or amplify prior usage. The final section contains an annotated catalogue of approximately one thousand references to Shakespeare's plays and poems drawn from Dickens' fiction, essays, letters and speeches.
Main Description
Shakespeare and Dickens traces Dickens' own interest in Shakespeare from childhood, not only through his own reading and performance but also through numerous theatrical, literary and artistic sources. The book proceeds to examine theoretical ideas about influence and allusion as aspects of style and analyses ways in which Dickens typically employs references to Shakespeare. It is argued that imaginative transformations of Shakespeare's words and ideas enrich all aspects of Dickens' writing, including aesthetic principles, language, imagery, plot, atmosphere, theme, tone, structure, foreshadowing and characterization. Dombey and Son and David Copperfield are examined to demonstrate the sophisticated manner in which Dickens engages the reader in a continuous process of reassessment by creating a dense network of quotations, allusions and echoes and integrating successive references to comment upon, modify, or amplify prior usage. The final section contains an annotated catalogue of approximately one thousand references to Shakespeare's plays and poems drawn from Dickens' fiction, essays, letters and speeches.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Preface
A note on the text and acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
'A Shakespearean Lot'
'Treading in the steps': early Shakespearean influences
'At his tongue's end': Dickens's remarkable memory
'Eloquent associations': W. C. Macready and Daniel Maclise
'As if I had been another man': Dickens as actor-manager
'The noblest of all dramatists': Dickens as theatre critic and editor
'All the Removes and Definitions of Shakespeare's Touchstone'
'Of imagination all compact': Dickens's aesthetic principles
Definition of critical concepts
Verbal 'fireworks': typical functions of Dickens's Shakespearean references
'The web I have spun': Shakespeareana in Dombey and Son and David Copperfield
'Signs and Tokens' of Shakespeare: Preface to the catalogue
Catalogue of Dickens's references to Shakespeare
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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