Title Charles Dickens as an Agent of Change
Author Joachim Frenk, Lena Steveker
ISBN 9781501736285
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 264
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Cornell University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“This book will delight Dickens scholars and prove an asset to any university library.... It is one that will inspire readers to consider the changes the great writer has wrought in them, and that they, in their turn, may bring to Dickens scholarship.”

—The Modern Language Review


“An enjoyable and wide-ranging collection of articles exploring Dickens and change.”

—English Studies


“Excellent discussions of condition-of-England novels.”



Sixteen scholars from across the globe come together in Charles Dickens as Agent of Change to show how Dickens was (and still is) the consummate change agent. His works, bursting with restless energy in the Inimitable’s protean style, registered and commented on the ongoing changes in the Victorian world while the Victorians’ fictional and factional worlds kept (and keep) changing. The essays from notable Dickens scholars—Malcolm Andrews, Matthias Bauer, Joel J. Brattin, Doris Feldmann, Herbert Foltinek, Robert Heaman, Michael Hollington, Bert Hornback, Norbert Lennartz, Chris Louttit, Jerome Meckier, Nancy Aycock Metz, David Paroissien, Christopher Pittard, and Robert Tracy—suggest the many ways in which the notion of change has found entry into and is negotiated in Dickens’ works through four aspects: social change, political and ideological change, literary change, and cultural change. An afterword by the late Edgar Rosenberg adds a personal account of how Dickens changed the life of one eminent Dickensian.



List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Changing Dickens (Joachim Frenk and Lena Steveker)

Part I. Dickens and Social Change

Repetitions and Reversals: Patterns for Social Change in Pickwick Papers (Jerome Meckier)

Three Revolutions: Alternate Routes to Social Change in Bleak House (Joel J. Brattin)

Dickens, Society, and Art: Change in Dickens’s View of Effecting Social Reform (Robert Heaman)

The World Changing Dickens, Dickens Changing the World (Bert Hornback)

Part II. Dickens and Changes of Power

Parrots, Birds of Prey, and Snorting Cattle: Dickens’s Whig Agenda (David Paroissien)

“The Tremendous Potency of the Small”: Dickens, the Individual, and Social Change in a Post-America, Post-Catastrophist Age (Nancy Aycock Metz)

Money, Power, and Appearance in Dombey and Son (Michael Hollington)

Part III. Dickens and Literary Change

The Passing of the Pickwick Moment (Malcolm Andrews)

The Chimes and the Rhythm of Life (Matthias Bauer)

Radical Dickens: Dickens and the Tradition of Romantic Radicalism (Norbert Lennartz)

Modern Characters in the Late Novels of Charles Dickens (Herbert Foltinek)

Part IV. Dickens and Changes in Popular Culture and in the Theater

The Cultural Politics of Dickens’s Hard Times (Doris Feldmann)

Conjuring Dickens: Magic, Intellectual Property, and The Old Curiosity Shop (Christopher Pittard)

Popular Dickens: Changing Bleak House for the East End Stage (Chris Louttit)

The Frozen Deep: Gad’s Hill, June-July 1857 (Robert Tracy)

How to Read Dickens in English: A Last Retrospect (Edgar Rosenberg)


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People interested in English literary studies and especially those interested in Charles Dickens.

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