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Palgrave Advances in Charles Dickens Studies

  • John Bowen
  • Robert I. Patten

Part of the Palgrave Advances book series (PAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. John Bowen, Robert I. Patten
    Pages 1-10
  3. Robert I. Patten
    Pages 11-47
  4. Rosemarie Bodenheimer
    Pages 48-68
  5. Malcolm Andrews
    Pages 69-89
  6. Hilary M. Schor
    Pages 90-110
  7. John Sutherland
    Pages 111-130
  8. Catherine Waters
    Pages 155-175
  9. David Vincent
    Pages 176-197
  10. Joseph W. Childers
    Pages 198-215
  11. Carolyn Dever
    Pages 216-233
  12. Catherine Robson
    Pages 234-254
  13. John Bowen
    Pages 255-272
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 273-334

About this book


Palgrave Advances in Charles Dickens Studies is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the study of one of the most important Victorian novelists. Its editors, Robert L. Patten and John Bowen, are leading authorities on Dickens and the international team of contributors they have assembled contains some of the most exciting critics of nineteenth-century fiction writing today. The book covers the whole range of Dickens's writing and criticism about it, including biographical, theoretical and historical approaches. It is based on up-to-the-minute research and written in a lively and engaging way, and will be essential reading for all students and scholars of this canonical writer.


Charles Dickens fiction Victorian era

Editors and affiliations

  • John Bowen
    • 1
  • Robert I. Patten
    • 2
  1. 1.University of YorkUK
  2. 2.Rice UniversityUSA

About the editors

MALCOLM ANDREWS University of Kent, UK ROSEMARIE BODENHEIMER Boston College, USA JOSEPH CHILDERS University of California, Riverside, USA CAROLYN DEVER Vanderbilt University, USA HELENA MICHIE Rice University, USA CATHERINE ROBSON University of California, Davis, USA HILARY M. SCHOR University of Southern California, USA JOHN SUTHERLAND University College London, UK DAVID VINCENT Open University, UK and visiting fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford, UK CATHERINE WATERS University of New England, Australia IAN WILKINSON Keele University, UK

Bibliographic information


'Bob Patten and John Bowen's collection is a state-of-the art guide to Dickens studies. The editors have assembled a distinguished team of contributors, who clearly and succinctly set forth illuminating perspectives on crucial issues of modern scholarship. Wide-ranging, detailed, and remarkably coherent, it is the best single volume of essays since George Ford and Lauriat Lane's classic The Dickens Critics first appeared nearly half a century ago, and a must for every serious student of Dickens.' - Paul Schlicke, President of the International Dickens Fellowship and Senior Lecturer in English, University of Aberdeen, UK

'[A] volume of signal importance...a model of its kind' - Nicola Bradbury, The Dickensian