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Sensation and sublimation in Charles Dickens, John Gordon

Label
Sensation and sublimation in Charles Dickens
Title
Sensation and sublimation in Charles Dickens
Statement of responsibility
John Gordon
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"My book sets out to explore three crucial stages in Dickens' ongoing voyage of discovery into what has been called the "hidden springs" of his fiction. The three novels under examination are Oliver Twist, Dombey and Son, and Bleak House. (Other Dickens writings are considered when pertinent.) I argue that in all three we can witness Dickens responding to some identifiable force represented as coming from underneath the ground plan (plot, character interaction, development of themes, stylistic effects) of the book in question. In Oliver Twist, it is the ancient story of the blood libel; in Dombey and Son, it is the power of language as an independent agent; in Bleak House, it is a pre-verbal array of desires and interdicts. I also explore the question of Dickens' self-awareness, at these different stages: to what extent did he see himself as a medium of forces beyond his conscious control, and what did he think the psychological mechanisms at work might be? The issues raised have certainly been considered before but have not gone in the directions taken here. Many critics, for instance, have commented on anti-Semitism in Oliver Twist, and some have mentioned the blood libel; no one has argued that Oliver Twist is a blood libel. Previous considerations of ideas of the subconscious have been overwhelmingly Freudian and have concentrated on Dickens' biography; mine, by contrast, relies on pre-Freudian concepts common in Dickens' time and concentrates on the evidence of the writings"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gordon, John
Dewey number
823/.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR4592.S43
LC item number
G67 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dickens, Charles
  • Senses and sensation in literature
  • Sublimation (Psychology) in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / General
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading
Label
Sensation and sublimation in Charles Dickens, John Gordon
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
Control code
669751255
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
226 pages
Isbn
9780230110885
Lccn
2010043431
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)669751255
Label
Sensation and sublimation in Charles Dickens, John Gordon
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
Control code
669751255
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
226 pages
Isbn
9780230110885
Lccn
2010043431
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)669751255

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