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‘Awaiting the death blow’: gendered violence and Miss Havisham’s afterlives

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posted on 2020-06-08, 10:39 authored by Claire O'CallaghanClaire O'Callaghan
The 20th and 21st centuries have continued the quest, so aptly described by G. K. Chesterton in 1906, to ‘find’ Charles Dickens and recapture the characteristically Dickensian. From research attempting to classify and categorise the nature of his popularity to a century of film adaptations, Dickens’s legacy encompasses an array of conventional and innovative forms.

Dickens After Dickens includes chapters from rising and leading scholars in the field, offering creative and varied discussion of the continued and evolving influence of Dickens and the nature of his legacy across the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Its chapters show the surprising resonances that Dickens has had and continues to have, arguing that the author’s impact can be seen in mainstream cultural phenomena such as HBO’s TV series The Wire and Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch, as well as in diverse areas such as Norwegian literature, video games and neo-Victorian fiction. It discusses Dickens as a biographical figure, an intertextual moment, and a medium through which to explore contemporary concerns around gender and representation.

The new research represented in this book brings together a range of methodologies, approaches and sources, offering an accessible and engaging re-evaluation that will be of interest to scholars of Dickens, Victorian fiction, adaptation, and cultural history, and to teachers, students, and general readers interested in the ways in which we continue to read and be influenced by the author’s work.



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O’Callaghan, C. 2020. ‘Awaiting the death blow’: Gendered Violence and Miss Havisham’s Afterlives. In: Bell, E. (ed.), Dickens After Dickens, pp. 83–100. York: White Rose University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.22599/DickensAfterDickens.e.


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This is an open access chapter from an open access book. It is published by White Rose University Press under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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Dr Claire O'Callaghan. Deposit date: 4 June 2020

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