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The Resource Dickens and the business of death, Claire Wood

Dickens and the business of death, Claire Wood

Label
Dickens and the business of death
Title
Dickens and the business of death
Statement of responsibility
Claire Wood
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Charles Dickens is famous for his deathbed scenes, but these have rarely been examined within the context of his ambivalence towards the Victorian commodification of death. Dickens repeatedly criticised ostentatious funeral and mourning customs, and asserted the harmful consequences of treating the corpse as an object of speculation rather than sympathy. At the same time, he was fascinated by those who made a living from death and recognised that his authorial profits implicated him in the same trade. This book explores how Dickens turned mortality into the stuff of life and art as he navigated a thriving culture of death-based consumption. It surveys the diverse ways in which death became a business, from body-snatching, undertaking, and joint-stock cemetery companies, to the telling and selling of stories. This broad study offers fresh perspectives on death in The Old Curiosity Shop and Our Mutual Friend, and discusses lesser-known works and textual illustrations"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1984-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wood, Claire
Dewey number
823/.8
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR4592.E25
LC item number
W66 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture
Series volume
98
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Death care industry
  • Literature publishing
  • Death in literature
  • Literature and society
  • Death care industry
  • Literature publishing
  • Literature and society
  • Death in literature
  • Dickens, Charles
  • Dickens, Charles
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
  • Death care industry
  • Death in literature
  • Economics
  • Literature and society
  • Literature publishing
  • England
  • Great Britain
Label
Dickens and the business of death, Claire Wood
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction; 1. Profitable undertakings and deathly business; 2. Revaluing The Old Curiosity Shop; 3. Death and property in Bleak House; 4. Parts and parting in Our Mutual Friend; Conclusion. Stealing Dickens; Bibliography
Control code
892620406
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 225 pages
Isbn
9781107098633
Lccn
2014036460
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)892620406
Label
Dickens and the business of death, Claire Wood
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction; 1. Profitable undertakings and deathly business; 2. Revaluing The Old Curiosity Shop; 3. Death and property in Bleak House; 4. Parts and parting in Our Mutual Friend; Conclusion. Stealing Dickens; Bibliography
Control code
892620406
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 225 pages
Isbn
9781107098633
Lccn
2014036460
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)892620406

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