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- DescriptionThis study sets out to recover and illuminate the Victorian culture and allusive verbal worlds that inform Charles Dickens's vel Great Expectations . How distinctive are the story's temporal and topographical settings? How carefully has Dickens integrated Pip's life story with the embedded histories of a mad, jilted spinster, a beautiful orphan girl, an unscupulous con man, a fierce yet tender convict and a brilliant criminal lawyer? What relevance does the then of Pip's childhood and the w when he relates the story of his evolution into gentleman have to the revised controversial ending Dickens adopted on the advice of a fellow velist? David Paroissien draws on a range of 19th century sources to illuminate the vel's late Georgian and mid-Victorian contexts: the brutal punishments that characterized Haverian England's legal system; the transportation of felons and their rough lives in Australia's first penal colony; the social mobility a public school education conferred on a swindler and forger; the struggle to gain the desired status of gentleman among brewers, bakers and a raw yound blacksmith from the country igrant of the ways of society and its social graces; the genteel city of Rochester, whose quiet oks and stately historic houses excercised a powerful hold over Dickens's imagination; the nearby Hoo peninsular, with its lonely marsh villages and picturesque churchyards; and the changing face of early 19th century London, with its Inns of Chancery and Inns of Court, the vibrant life of the Thames, where watermen struggle against steamers as techlogical changes brought the old and the new face to face; and the river's lower, deserted reaches, bound by mists, marshes and tidal flats, which serve as background for the vel's brilliant menacing opening.
- Author BiographyDavid Paroissien is also the author of 'The Companion to Oliver Twist ', also in this series. He co-edits the series with Susan Shatto and until his retirement in 2001 taught English literature at the University of Massachusetts, USA.
- Author(s)David Paroissien
- PublisherHelm Information Ltd
- Date of Publication22/06/2000
- SubjectLiterary Studies: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleThe Dickens Companions
- Series Part/Volume Numberv.7
- Place of PublicationHastings
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHelm Information Ltd
- Content Note28 black & white illustrations, 9 maps
- Width163 mm
- Height239 mm
- Spine36 mm
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