Title Themes in Dickens
Author Peter J. Ponzio
ISBN 9781476672571
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 196
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher McFarland (Eurospan Group)
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The Victorian age is often portrayed as an era of repressive social mores. Yet this simplified view ignores the context of Great Britain’s profound shift, through rapid industrialization, from rural to metropolitan life during this time.

Throughout his career, Charles Dickens addressed the various changes occurring in Victorian society. His portrayals of organized religion, class distinction, worker’s rights, prison reform and rampant poverty resonated with readers experiencing social upheaval. Focusing on his novels, nonfiction writing, speeches and personal correspondence, this book explores Dickens’s use of these themes as both literary devices and as a means to effect social progress.




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Chapter One—Class and Class Distinctions

Chapter Two—Naming, Identity and Self

Chapter Three—Dreams and Dreaming

Chapter Four—Society and Social Pretension

Chapter Five—Ineffective Institutions

Chapter Six—Prison


Appendix: Suggested Reading

Chapter Notes

Works Cited

Additional Sources


About the Author:

Peter J. Ponzio teaches at Loyola University of Chicago. He has published a number of works on Charles Dickens and presented at the 200th anniversary of Dickens’s birth at the University of Kent in 2012. He recently served as the editor of the Humanities Directory, an online database of articles relating to the humanities.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of English Literature.


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