Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 May 2022

368 Pages | 20 Illustrations

9.2 x 6.0 inches

ISBN: 9780192845405

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Dickens and Democracy in the Age of Paper

Representing the People

Carolyn Vellenga Berman

  • Contains in-depth and novel readings of some of Dickens's most politically engaged novels, including Bleak House, David Copperfield, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, Oliver Twist, Our Mutual Friend, and The Pickwick Papers, along with his journalism and specific Parliamentary Papers
  • Explores how learning shorthand as a neophyte journalist influenced Dickens's writing career
  • Studies a pivotal moment in British political history and how Dickens influenced the extension of political agency to new populations
  • Examines the relationship between Dickens's biography, his fiction, his journalism, and his political engagement
  • Connects the dots between the Victorian age of paper and our own contemporary moment of exploding social media