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Dickens and the grown-up child

Author: Malcolm Andrews
Publisher: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We see it all now in one blinding flash. We see the mightiness of the genius and its limitations. We see why, less than almost any great author, Dickens changed with advancing culture ... It may seem putting the case too strongly, but Charles Dickens, having crushed into his childish experience a whole world of sorrow and humorous insight, so loaded his soul that he never grew any older. He was a great, grown-up,
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Andrews, Malcolm, 1942-
Dickens and the grown-up child.
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)624476182
Named Person: Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Malcolm Andrews
ISBN: 0877454493 9780877454496
OCLC Number: 31232631
Description: ix, 214 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. Childhood and Maturity. 1. The Idea of Childhood: A Genealogy. 2. The Savage, the Child and the Caves of Ignorance. 3. 'The Birthplace of his Fancy'. 4. 'Where We Stopped Growing' --
pt. II. The Crown-up Child. 5. Grown-up Children in the Novels. 6. Christmas and Rejuvenation. 7. Dombey and Son: The New-Fashioned Man and the Old-Fashioned Child. 8. David Copperfield --
1: Children and the Childlike. 9. David Copperfield --
2: The Trials of Maturity. 10. Childhood as Counterculture --
Appendix A: 'Dullborough' --
Appendix B: 'Where We Stopped Growing'.
Responsibility: Malcolm Andrews.

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"We see it all now in one blinding flash. We see the mightiness of the genius and its limitations. We see why, less than almost any great author, Dickens changed with advancing culture ... It may seem putting the case too strongly, but Charles Dickens, having crushed into his childish experience a whole world of sorrow and humorous insight, so loaded his soul that he never grew any older. He was a great, grown-up, dreamy, impulsive child, just as much a child as little.

Paul Dombey or little David Copperfield. He saw all from a child's point of view - strange, odd, queer, puzzling. He confused men and things, animated scenery and furniture with human souls ... Child-like he commiserated himself, with sharp, agonizing introspection. Child-like he rushed out into the world with his griefs and grievances, concealing nothing, wildly craving for sympathy. And just as much as little Paul Dombey was out of place at Dr. Blimber's, where they.

Tried to cram him with knowledge, and ever pronounced him old-fashioned, was Charles Dickens out of place in the cold, worldly circle of literature, in the bald bare academy of English culture." This contemporary review of John Forster's Life of Charles Dickens (1872) believed that the revelations about Dickens's childhood hardships provided the key to understanding the bizarre nature of his genius, a view that has been a critical commonplace ever since. It has been used.

To account for Dickens's peculiar sympathy with orphaned children and his remarkable ability to render the child's-eye view of the world. It has led critics to see Dickens's work as essentially a sustained attempt, in novel after novel, to exorcise the restless ghosts of his childhood past. In Dickens and the Grown-up Child Malcolm Andrews explores in Dickens's writings the unresolved relationship between childhood and adulthood and the problems in constructing a.

Coherent idea of maturity. The issue is far broader than might be expected, because Dickens projects these tensions into certain aspects of Victorian culture. Far from being just another book on the children in Dickens's fiction, Dickens and the Grown-up Child is a provocative examination of the tangled relationship between childhood and adulthood as Dickens imaginatively renegotiates it in his novels, short stories and essays.

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