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Charles Dickens - Great Expectations

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 202
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Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism

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01 April 2000

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Charles Dickens is the most famous and popular English author of the 19th century, and Great Expectations is often regarded as his finest work. A compelling and superbly constructed novel, it combines Dickens's gifts for...

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Charles Dickens is the most famous and popular English author of the 19th century, and Great Expectations is often regarded as his finest work. A compelling and superbly constructed novel, it combines Dickens's gifts for masterly prose and for the creation of memorable characters with his penetrating capacity for psychological and social analysis. The dramatic story of Pip's journey from high hopes to devastating disappointment offers profound insights into Victorian society and into the workings of human desire. In this Readers' Guide, Nicolas Tredell introduces and sets in context the key debates about a novel which has provoked an immensely rich critical response. The extracts and essays included here examine Great Expectations in structural, symbolic, political, psychological, social and sexual terms, relating it to its own time and to a range of 20th century critical and theoretical perspectives. Exploring secondary sources from the first reviews in the 1860s to the most up-to-date critiques of the 1990s, the Guide is an essential resource for the study of one of Dickens's most complex novels.

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Includes a comprehensive collection of critical essays, reviews and articles, so providing the student with the most important secondary material on the text
Accessibly written editorial narrative links the extracts, highlighting important concepts and shifts in critical thinking
Places the secondary criticism within a cultural and historical context

Introduction.- Early Expectations: Reviews 1861-62.- Expectations Lost and Found: 1870-1949.- Expanding Expectations: The 1950s.- Consolidating Expectations: The 1960s and 1970s.- Upsetting Expectations: The 1980s.- Exceeding Expectations: The 1990s.- Appendix A: The Original Ending of Great Expectations
Appendix B: Chapter Equivalents for the Clarendon Edition
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index.
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NICOLAS TREDELL teaches American and English literature, art history, and cultural and film studies for Sussex University.

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NICOLAS TREDELL teaches American and English literature, art history, and cultural and film studies for Sussex University.

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