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Dickens and the Unreal City

Searching for Spiritual Significance in Nineteenth-Century London

Authors: Smith, K.

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About this book

Dickens's London often acts as a complex symbol, composed of numerous sub-symbols, such as crowd, river, railway networks and police systems. This book is particularly interested in how Dickens's treatment of the city allows him to re-examine traditional Christian discourses on the issues of revelation, renunciation and regeneration.

About the authors

KARL SMITH studied at St Andrews University, UK. He held a teaching fellowship at the University of Dundee for six years and is currently involved in educational work in Malawi. He has published articles in Dickens Studies Annual and Dickensian, and an introduction and notes to Dombey and Son.

Reviews

'Taking his cue from T. S. Eliot, Karl Smith explores the spiritual values of Dickens's symbolic city through the lens of The Waste Land. Combining alert attention to detail with wide range of reference, Dickens and the Unreal City offers judicious discussion of the complex relationship between the mundane and the transcendent in Dickens's world view.' - Paul Schlicke, University of Aberdeen, UK

'This is a judicious study which fully recognises that 'any position of overview from which Dickens's London can be seen in its totality is an artificial construct' ...Rather like the novelist's writing about the city perhaps, this study also serves to revivify a reading of the novels and is a further reminder of their layered richness and complexity and of a spiritual dimension which goes beyond simple ideas of human charity.' The Use of English


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: ‘A heap of broken images’

    Smith, Karl Ashley

    Pages 1-7

  • ‘A revelation by which men are to guide themselves’: Dickens and Christian Theology

    Smith, Karl Ashley

    Pages 8-33

  • ‘The debilitated old house in the city’: London as Haunted House

    Smith, Karl Ashley

    Pages 34-62

  • ‘A great (and dirty) city’: London’s Dirt and the Terrors of Obscurity

    Smith, Karl Ashley

    Pages 63-90

  • ‘Angel and devil by turns’: The Detective Figure in Bleak House

    Smith, Karl Ashley

    Pages 91-117

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $110.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-230-54523-6
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Softcover $105.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-36074-1
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  • This title is currently reprinting. You can pre-order your copy now.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dickens and the Unreal City
Book Subtitle
Searching for Spiritual Significance in Nineteenth-Century London
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Karl Ashley Smith
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-58325-2
DOI
10.1057/9780230583252
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-54523-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-36074-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 244
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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