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Dickens, Journalism, and Nationhood

Mapping the World in Household Words

By Sabine Clemm

Routledge – 2009 – 248 pages

Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

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Description

Dickens, Journalism, and Nationhood examines Charles Dickens’ weekly family magazine Household Words in order to develop a detailed picture of how the journal negotiated, asserted and simultaneously deconstructed Englishness as a unified (and sometimes unifying) mode of expression. It offers close readings of a wide range of materials that self-consciously focus on the nature of England as well as the relationship between Britain and the European continent, Ireland, and the British colonies. Starting with the representation and classification of identities that took place within the framework of the Great Exhibition of 1851, it suggests that the journal strives for a model of the world in concentric circles, spiraling outward from the metropolitan center of London. Despite this apparent orderliness, however, each of the national or regional categories constructed by the journal also resists and undermines such a clear-cut representation.

Reviews

"This carefully researched study will interest both scholars of 19th-century history and Dickens spcialists." - J.D. Vann, emeritus, University of North Texas

Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One: ‘Amidst the heterogeneous masses’: Household Words and the Great Exhibition of 1851

Chapter Two: (Un-)Englishness and National Character in Household Words

Chapter Three: Household Words’ Treatment of Ireland

Chapter Four: ‘Continental ways and means’: Europe in Household Words

Chapter Five: ‘Interlopers in the East’: Household Words and India

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Author Bio

Sabine Clemm lectures on the nineteenth-century novel, culture, and poetry at the University of Southampton.

Name: Dickens, Journalism, and Nationhood: Mapping the World in Household Words (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Sabine Clemm. Dickens, Journalism, and Nationhood examines Charles Dickens’ weekly family magazine Household Words in order to develop a detailed picture of how the journal negotiated, asserted and simultaneously deconstructed Englishness as a unified (and...
Categories: Literary/Critical Theory, Literary History, Literature & Culture, 19th Century Literature