Dickens, Novel Reading, and the Victorian Popular Theatre

Deborah Vlock (Author)
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Description

In this study Deborah Vlock shows that characters, dialogue, and plots from many of Charles Dickens' novels can be traced to the Victorian stage, and that contemporary readers and writers of fiction were strongly influenced by what they saw at the theater. Through an examination of theatrical and popular-cultural sources--including accounts of noted actors and actresses, and of popular theatrical characters of the time--Vlock uncovers unexpected precursors for some popular Dickensian characters, and throws new light on the conditions in which Dickens' novels were initially received.

Product Details

Price
$41.99
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
November 02, 2006
Pages
244
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.55 inches | 0.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780521026888

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Reviews

"[Vlock] has shown why explanations of the cultural context of novel-reading that emphasize privacy and domesticity are unsatisfactory. She has pointed to a more promising direction for research." D.G. Paz, Albion
"ÝVlock¨ has shown why explanations of the cultural context of novel-reading that emphasize privacy and domesticity are unsatisfactory. She has pointed to a more promising direction for research." D.G. Paz, Albion