Texts, Contexts and Intertextuality
Dickens as a Reader
Lennartz, Norbert (editor)
Koch, Dieter (editor)
CollectionKnowledge Unlatched (KU)
While Dickens used to be seen as a writer of shallow and sentimental children’s literature, as the prolific caterer to the new market of mass literature, this collection of essays shows that Dickens was not only a reader of high-brow literature, but also expected his readers to understand them in the context of contemporary scientific and economic debates. Covering a wide range of writers – from Sidney, Shakespeare, Cervantes to Swift, Smollett and Bulwer-Lytton – Dickens’s novels reveal a multi-layered cosmos and supply their readers with richly woven nets of intertextuality.
KeywordsLiterary Collections; European; English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Publication date and place2014