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Dickens and the Spirit of the Age

Andrew Sanders


This book considers the extent to which Dickens and his work reflects the vibrant novelty of the middle third of the 19th century, an age in which the modern world was shaped and determined. It looks at the culture from which Dickens sprang — a mechanized and increasingly urbanized culture — and it sees his rootlessness and restlessness as symptomatic of what was essentially new: the period's political and technological enterprise; its urbanization; its new definitions of social class and social mobility; and, finally, its dynamic sense of distinction from the preceding age. Although his ficti ... More

Keywords: Charles Dickens, mechanization, urbanization, rootlessness, restlessness, technological enterprise, social class, social mobility, English novel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183549
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Sanders, author