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Temporizing Dickens

Bevis, M. (2001) Temporizing Dickens. Review of English Studies, 52 (206). pp. 171-191. ISSN 0034-6551

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Abstract

This essay shows how Dickens's experiences as a parliamentary and newspaper reporter influenced the style of his early fictional work. Drawing on reports in Hansard, The Times, and the Morning Chronicle, it explores how representations of public speaking in Dickens's fiction attempt to negotiate between party-political topicality and a satire which looks beyond the author's immediate political commitments. In particular, it examines Dickens's interest in addresses to the moment in political oratory, and shows how this interest leads to a consideration of how time should be depicted and clocked in ‘A Parliamentary Sketch’ and The Pickwick Papers.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > English and Related Literature (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2009 12:14
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2009 12:14
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/res/52.206.171
Status: Published
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Identification Number: 10.1093/res/52.206.171
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7433

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