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Holly Furneaux

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566099

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566099.001.0001

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Postscript Doing Dickens: The Queer Politics of Adaptation

Postscript Doing Dickens: The Queer Politics of Adaptation

(p.243) Postscript Doing Dickens: The Queer Politics of Adaptation
Queer Dickens

Holly Furneaux (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This final brief postscript explores the ways in which Dickens's queer legacy is variously extended, revised, and disavowed. For instance, in his collection Dickens on Screen, John Glavin suggests that ‘the Dickens film now shapes Dickens's fiction’; ‘It’s these adaptations, for the big screen and the small, that generate whatever possibilities remain for reading the fiction’. Contributors Gerhard Joseph and Robert Polhemous expand this claim with reference to Freud's idea of ‘screen memory’, as viewing experiences are projected as back-formations into reading, simultaneously obscuring and illuminating aspects of Dickens's work. As Andrew Davies, prolific screen adaptor of Victorian and neo-Victorian novels, says: ‘the author doesn't necessarily completely own the book. It's an interaction between them and readers at a different time’.

Keywords:   Charles Dickens, queer legacy, films, screen memory

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