Tuesday, May 22 2012
Critical discourse on Charles Dickens – especially late Dickens, most especially of all Bleak House – has gotten out of hand, and finds itself concentrating on virtues that Dickens doesn’t actually possess in a bid to shoehorn him into our notion of what a great writer is and what his writing does.
Thursday, February 23 2012
Where we are now, in 2012, is on a darker plain especially for the large "Underclass". Perhaps Dickens can light our way?
Tuesday, June 21 2011
The spoonful of sugar that The Wire employs in relating its harsh theme is all wrapped up in that medicine's themes of fatalism. The humor employed in Oliver Twist highlights the opposite: the needlessness of the system that allows orphans to starve to death.
Thursday, January 26 2012
Clare Tomalin's timely biography focuses on how the man who wrote both heroes and villains so well found elements of both in himself.
Wednesday, January 25 2012
Charles Dickens is a national, if not international, cultural figure. Is it such a problem that the London museum dedicated to him will be closed for the bicentenary?
Thursday, February 9 2012
When Ruth Schuldiner reads Charles Dickens, she is transported back in time. Schuldiner, 27, of Akron, Ohio, is working on her doctorate in English literature…