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- DescriptionDickens scholar Jerome Meckier's acclaimed Hidden Rivalries in Victorian Fiction examines fierce literary competition between leading velists who tried to establish their credentials as realists by rewriting Dickens's vels. In his new book, Meckier argues that in Great Expectations, Dickens t only updated David Copperfield but also rewrote vels by Lever, Thackeray, Collins, Shelley, and Charlotte and Emily Bronte. He parodically revised his competitors' themes, characters, and incidents to discredit their vels as unrealistic fairytales imbued with Cinderella motifs. Dickens darkened his fairytale perspective by replacing Cinderella with the story of Misnar's collapsible pavilion from The Tales of the Genii (a popular, pseudo-oriental collection). The Misnar analogue supplied a corrective for the era's Cinderella complex, a warning to both Haves and Have-ts, and a basis for Dickens's tragicomic view of the world.
- Author BiographyJerome Meckier, professor of English at the University of Kentucky and past president of The Dickens Society, is the author several books, including Hidden Rivalries in Victorian Fiction and Innocent Abroad. Dickens's Great Expectations completes an informal trilogy.
- Author(s)Jerome Meckier
- PublisherKent State University Press
- Date of Publication31/03/2002
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationKent, OH
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintKent State University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight612 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine24 mm
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