Dickens and the Grown-Up Child

  • Authors
  • Malcolm Andrews

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Malcolm Andrews
      Pages 1-5
  3. Childhood and Maturity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-8
    2. Malcolm Andrews
      Pages 9-26
    3. Malcolm Andrews
      Pages 41-56
    4. Malcolm Andrews
      Pages 57-70
  4. The Grown-Up Child

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-72
    2. Malcolm Andrews
      Pages 73-96
    3. Malcolm Andrews
      Pages 97-111
    4. Malcolm Andrews
      Pages 149-171
    5. Malcolm Andrews
      Pages 172-181
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 183-214

About this book

Introduction

The child who stops growing, infantile senility, the 'old-fashioned' child, child-wives and child-mothers, the rejuvenated adult - Dickens's writings parade before us a gallery of bizarre hybrids. Dickens and the Grown-up Child focuses on the complicated and unresolved relationship between childhood and adulthood in Dickens's fictional and non-fictional work. In challenging the familiar view that the source of such anomalies lies in Dickens's own childhood experiences, Malcolm Andrews explores the extent to which Dickens was heir to an older cultural debate about primitivism and progressivism, a debate which Dickens adapted to his own preoccupations with the tensions between childhood and maturity. In examining these issues, Malcolm Andrews concentrates on the fiction of Dickens's middle years, particularly David Copperfield, and on some of the journalistic essays.

Keywords

Charles Dickens fiction novel

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