Themes in Dickens

Seven Recurring Concerns in the Writings


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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

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.

Bibliographic Details

Peter J. Ponzio
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7257-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3135-6
Imprint: McFarland