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Dickens, Religion and Society

Author: Robert Butterworth
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Dickens's social criticism is one of the most famous and important aspects of his works. This book explores the centrality of his religious attitudes to his attacks on the social ills of his day. After discussing how deeply engaged Dickens was with his religion, the author links him to a group of political and religious campaigners who were pioneering the application of Christian moral precepts to social issues.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Butterworth
ISBN: 9781137558725 1137558725
OCLC Number: 934936394
Description: 1 online resource (246 pages)
Contents: <P>Acknowledgements 1. Dickens's Engagement with Religion 2. Dickens and Early Victorian Christian Social Criticism 3. <span style="font-style:italic;">Oliver Twist</span> and Fagin's Jewishness 4. Christian Social Vision in the Novels of the 1850s: <span style="font-style:italic;">Bleak House</span>, <span style="font-style:italic;">Hard Times</span> and <span style="font-style:italic;">Little Dorrit</span> 5. <span style="font-style:italic;">Bleak House</span>: Law, Religion and Civilization 6. 'Oh friends and brothers': Industrialism and Trade Unionism in <span style="font-style:italic;">Hard Times</span> 7. <span style="font-style:italic;">Little Dorrit</span>: Serving Mammon 8. Dickens and Politics: Temporary and Permanent Revolution 9. <span style="font-style:italic;">Barnaby Rudge</span> and the Struggle for Brotherhood 10. <span style="font-style:italic;">A Tale of Two Cities</span> and the Persistence of Evil 11. A Note on Dickens and Sentimentality Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index.
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"Dickens's social criticism is one of the most famous and important aspects of his works. This book explores the centrality of his religious attitudes to his attacks on the social ills of his day. After discussing how deeply engaged Dickens was with his religion, the author links him to a group of political and religious campaigners who were pioneering the application of Christian moral precepts to social issues. The perspective this gave him on society is examined in detailed studies of several novels. Looking at his works from this angle sheds important new light on a number of cruxes and controversies in Dickens's oeuvre, including the portrayal of Fagin as a villainous Jew, the hostile depiction of trade unions in Hard Times, the apparent weakness of Dickens's remedy of a 'change of heart' to society's ills, and the presence of sentimentality in his novels"--

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