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Published: 01 May 2019

232 Pages | 11 b&w illustrations

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474406956

Bookseller Code (06)

Dickens's Clowns

Charles Dickens, Joseph Grimaldi and the Pantomime of Life

Jonathan Buckmaster

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Culture

  • Provides a new reading of one of Dickens's most neglected texts, and firmly re-establishes it within the Dickens canon as both part of a wider project alongside his other major works of the period and an important influence on later work
  • Identifies the pantomime routines of the Regency clown as a key cultural influence on Dickens's work, tracing significant new sources for his comical treatment of violence and his comedy more generally
  • Offers important new perspectives on two other key themes in Dickens's work - the use of food and drink within Dickens's articulation of the bodily grotesque and Dickens's use of clothing as a radical signifier of individual liberty