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Dickens's Villains: Melodrama, Character, Popular Culture

Juliet John

Abstract

This book studies Dickens's villains. They embody, the book argues, the crucial fusion between the ‘deviant’ and ‘theatrical’ aspects of his writing. Though there have been many studies of both the macabre and the dramatic Dickens, this book sets up a dialogue between these two main strands. The book's wider reappraisal of Dickensian character stems from a belief that post-Romantic criticism and theory has been permeated by an anti-theatrical privileging of the mind. Dickens's characters, by contrast, are commonly modelled on passional prototypes from 19th-century melodrama. The book's interdi ... More

Keywords: villains, 19th-century, Charles Dickens, post-Romantic criticism, melodrama, melodramatic aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184614
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184614.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juliet John, author
University of Liverpool
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