No 14 (2012)

Dickens and Feeling

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This issue, guest edited by Bethan Carney and Catherine Waters, re-examines the notorious Trollopian critique of Charles Dickens as ‘Mr Popular Sentiment’, investigating both the complex affective power of his writing and the strong and divided emotional responses it has elicited. As well as essays exploring fiction, journalism, letters, memoirs, portraits and a range of other forms of material culture, it includes a Forum on ‘Bicentennial Sentiment: Dickens and Feeling Now’. The contributions to this issue invite us to reconsider how we feel about Dickens and about Dickensian feeling 200 years after his birth.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: ‘Mr Popular Sentiment’: Dickens and Feeling Abstract PDF HTML
Bethan Carney
Materializing Mourning: Dickens, Funerals, and Epitaphs Abstract PDF HTML
Catherine Waters
Popular Sentiments and Public Executions Abstract PDF HTML
Gail Marshall
‘Wot larx!’: William Morris, Charles Dickens, and Fatherly Feelings Abstract PDF HTML
Wendy Parkins
‘Joyful convulsions’: Dickens’s Comings and Goings Abstract PDF HTML
Valerie Sanders
Feeling for the Future: The Crisis of Anticipation in Great Expectations Abstract PDF HTML
Daniel Tyler
‘A man of great feeling and sensibility’: The Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi and the Tears of a Clown Abstract PDF HTML
Jonathan Buckmaster
‘A veritable Dickens shrine’: Commemorating Charles Dickens at the Dickens House Museum Abstract PDF HTML
Catherine Malcolmson


Thinking Feeling at the Dickens Bicentenary Abstract PDF HTML
Gail Marshall, Ian Higgins, Catherine Malcolmson, Kris Siefken, Holly Furneaux
Stardust, Modernity, and the Dickensian Brand Abstract PDF HTML
Juliet John
‘Should I feel a moment with you?’: Queering Dickensian Feeling Abstract PDF HTML
Ben Winyard
‘Mr Popular Sentiment’ Conducts … Dickensian Journalism Then and Now Abstract PDF HTML
John Drew, Tony Williams
Dickens and goodbye Abstract PDF HTML
John O. Jordan

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