Dickens and Landscape Discourse

Peter Lang, 2007 - 188 páginas
Dickens and Landscape Discourse is a contextual study, offering valuable insights into the significance of geographical and social placement in nineteenth-century literature. Jane H. Berard considers landscape contexts available to Dickens, such as topographical poetry, antiquarianism, tourism, John Britton's Beauties of Wiltshire, and the landscape discourse in Dickens' other works to open up a reading of Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-44), set in Wiltshire. Though Dickens can be seen reflecting or resisting the value-laden discourses embedded in his landscapes, he communicates to his readers of Martin Chuzzlewit through an interactive, oppositional, and subversive social discourse to expose a landscape of death and the Victorians' struggle for control over their situation.

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The Author: Jane H. Berard teaches English at the University of Rhode Island, where she was Coordinator of Arts and Sciences and Online Learning. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Rhode Island and was Associate Professor of English at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. Her research interests include the Victorians, the long eighteenth century, women writers, and landscape studies.

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