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Charles Dickens, a man so representative of his age as to have become considered synonymous with it, demands to be read in context. This book illuminates the worlds - social, political, economic and artistic - in which Dickens worked. Dickens's professional life encompassed work as a novelist, journalist, editor, public reader and passionate advocate of social reform. This volume offers a detailed treatment of Dickens in each of these roles, exploring the central features of Dickens's age, work and legacy, and uncovering sometimes surprising faces of the man and of the range of Dickens industries. Through 45 digestible short chapters written by a leading expert on each topic, a rounded picture emerges of Dickens's engagement with his time, the influence of his works and the ways he has been read, adapted and re-imagined from the nineteenth century to the present.

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Further reading
Lives of Dickens
Ackroyd, Peter, Dickens (London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1990; New York: HarperCollins, 1990).
Allen, Michael, Charles Dickens' Childhood (New York: St Martin's Press, 1988).
Andrews, Malcolm, Charles Dickens and his Performing Selves: Dickens and the Public Readings (Oxford University Press, 2006).
Benton, Michael, Literary Biography: An Introduction (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).
Dolby, George, Charles Dickens as I Knew Him: The Story of the Reading Tours in Great Britain and America, 1866–1870 (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1885).
Fielding, K. J., Charles Dickens (London: British Council, 1960).
Forster, John, The Life of Charles Dickens, 3 vols (London: Chapman & Hall, 1872–4).
Slater, Michael, Charles Dickens (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009).
Slater, Michael, ed., Dickens and Fame, special issue of Dickensian, 66:2 (1970).
Storey, Graham and Tillotson, Kathleen et al., eds, The Letters of Charles Dickens, 12 vols. (Oxford University Press, 19652002).
Tomalin, Claire, The Invisible Woman (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1991).
VICTORIAN ADAPTATIONS
Booth, Michael, Theatre in the Victorian Age (Oxford University Press, 1963).
James, Louis, Fiction for the Working Man (Oxford University Press, 1963).
Nicholl, Allardyce, A History of English Drama 1600–1900, vol. 4 (Cambridge University Press, 1960).
Pemberton, Thomas E.Charles Dickens and the Stage (London: G. Redway, 1888).
Powell, Kerry, ed., Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Schlicke, Paul, ed., The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens (Oxford University Press, 1999).
Vlock, Deborah, Dickens, Novel Reading, and Victorian Popular Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 1998).
Reviews in Victorian Periodicals
Chittick, Kathryn, The Critical Reception of Charles Dickens, 1833–1841 (New York: Garland, 1989).
Collins, Philip, ed., Dickens: The Critical Heritage (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1971).
Ford, George H., Dickens and his Readers (Princeton University Press, 1955).
Ford, George H. and Jnr, Lauriate Lane, eds, The Dickens Critics (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1961).
Gross, John, The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters (Harmondsworth: Pelican Books, 1973 [1969]).
Mazzeno, Larry W., The Dickens Industry: Critical Perspectives 1836–2005 (New York: Camden House, 2008).
THE EUROPEAN CONTEXT
Fanger, Donald, Dostoevsky and Romantic Realism (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1965).
MacPike, Loralee, Dostoevsky's Dickens: A Study of Literary Influence (London: George Prior Publishers, 1981).
MAJOR TWENTIETH-CENTURY CRITICAL RESPONSES
Connor, Steven, ed., Charles Dickens (London: Longman, 1996).
Ford, George, Dickens and his Readers (Princeton University Press, 1955).
Mazzeno, Laurence W., The Dickens Industry: Critical Perspectives, 1836–2005 (New York: Camden House, 2008).
Pykett, Lyn, Charles Dickens (Houndmills:Palgrave, 2002).
Slater, Michael, ed., Dickens and Fame, special issue of Dickensian, 66:2 (1970).
Westland, Ella and Trezise, Simon, ‘Dickens and Critical Change’, Dickens Quarterly, 9 (1992), 170–81; 10 (1993), 161–70 and 208–18; 11 (1994), 26–35, 127–37 and 187–96.
Modern stage adaptations
The Dickensian, published by the Dickens Fellowship from 1905 onwards, is a valuable source of review material on both professional and amateur productions.
Bolton, H. Philip, Dickens Dramatized (London:Mansell Publishing, 1987).
Edgar, David, ‘Adapting Nickleby’, Dickensian, 76 (1983), 21–30. This essay also appears in Robert Giddings (ed.), The Changing World of Charles Dickens (London: Vision Press, 1983), 135–47.
Fawcett, F. Dubrez, Dickens the Dramatist (London:W. H. Allen, 1952).
Glavin, John, After Dickens: Reading, Adaptation and Performance (CambridgeUniversity Press, 1999).
Rubin, Leon, The Nicholas Nickleby Story (London:Heinemann, 1981).
MOdern screen adaptations
Glavin, John (ed.), Dickens on Screen (Cambridge University Press, 2003).
Pointer, Michael,Charles Dickens on the Screen (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1996).
Smith, Grahame,Dickens and the Dream of Cinema (Manchester University Press, 2003).
The Heritage Industry
Boswell, David and Jessica, Evans, eds, Representing the Nation: A Reader. Histories, Heritage and Museums (London: Routledge, 1999).
Gardiner, John, The Victorians: An Age in Retrospect (London: Hambledon & London, 2002).
Gardiner, John, ‘Theme-Park Victoriana’, in The Victorians since 1901: Histories, Representations and Revisions, ed. Taylor, Miles and Wolff, Michael (Manchester University Press, 2004), 167–80.
Herbert, David T., ‘Heritage as Literary Place’, in Heritage, Tourism and Society, ed. Herbert, David T. (London: Mansell, 1995), 32–48.
John, Juliet, Dickens and Mass Culture (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Lowenthal, David, The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History (Cambridge University Press, 1998).
Swenson, Astrid, The Rise of Heritage Industry: France, Germany and England, 1789–1946 (Cambridge University Press, in press).
Neo-Victorian Dickens
Gribble, Jennifer, ‘Portable Property: Postcolonial Appropriations of Great Expectations’, in Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture, ed. Gay, Penny, Johnston, Judith and Waters, Catherine (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2008), 182–92.
Joyce, Simon, The Victorians in the Rearview Mirror (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007).
Kaplan, Cora, Victoriana: Histories, Fictions, Criticism (Edinburgh University Press, 2007).
Kucich, John and Sadoff, Dianne F., eds, Victorian Afterlife: Postmodern Culture Rewrites the Nineteenth Century (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000).
Savu, Laura E., ‘The “Crooked” Business of Storytelling: Authorship and Cultural Revisionism in Peter Carey's Jack Maggs’, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, 36:3–4 (2005), 127–63.
POPULAR CULTURE
Altick, Richard, The Shows of London: A Panoramic History of Exhibitions 1600–1862 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1978).
Andrews, Malcolm, Dickens and his Performing Selves: Dickens's Public Readings (Oxford University Press, 2006).
Assael, Brenda, The Circus and Victorian Society (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2005).
Bailey, Peter, Leisure and Class in Victorian England: Rational Recreation and the Contest for Control, 1830–1885 (London: Routledge, 1978).
Collins, Philip, ‘Dickens and Popular Amusements’, Dickensian 61 (1965), 7–19.
Malcolmson, Robert, Popular Recreations in English Society 1700–1850 (Cambridge University Press, 1973).
Schlicke, Paul, Dickens and Popular Entertainment (London: Allen & Unwin, 1985).
Strutt, Joseph, The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England from the earliest period, including the rural and domestic recreations, May games, mummeries, pageants, processions and pompous spectacles, illustrated by reproductions from ancient paintings in which are represented most of the popular diversions (Bath: Firecrest, 1969 [1801]).
The Rise of Celebrity Culture
Braudy, Leo, The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and its History (Oxford University Press, 1986).
Dames, Nicholas, ‘Brushes with Fame: Thackeray and the Work of Celebrity Author(s)’, Nineteenth-Century Literature, 56:1 (2001), 23–51.
Fisher, Judith L., ‘“In the Present Famine of Anything Substantial”: Fraser's “Portraits” and the Construction of Literary Celebrity’, Victorian Periodicals Review, 39:2 (2006), 97–135.
Hargreaves, Roger and Hamilton, Peter, The Beautiful and Damned: The Creation of Identity in Nineteenth-Century Photography (London: Lund Humphries in association with the National Portrait Gallery, 2001).
Rojek, Chris, Celebrity (London: Reaktion, 2001).
Salmon, Richard, ‘Signs of Intimacy: The Literary Celebrity in the “Age of Interviewing”’, Victorian Literature and Culture, 25:1 (1997), 159–77.
Yates, Edmund, Celebrities at Home, 2 vols. (London: Office of The World, 1877–9).
THE NEWSPAPER AND PERIODICAL MARKET
Barker, Hannah, Newspapers, Politics and English Society, 1695–1855 (Harlow: Longman, 2000).
Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa, eds, The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism (London: Academia Press/British Library, 2009).
Chittick, Kathryn, Dickens and the 1830s (Cambridge University Press, 1990).
Drew, John M. L., Dickens the Journalist (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2003).
Kellett, E. E., ‘The Press’, in Early Victorian England, 1830–1865, ed. Young, G. M., 2 vols (Oxford University Press, 1934), vol. ii, 3–97.
King, Andrew and Plunkett, John, Victorian Print Media: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2006).
Patten, Robert L., Charles Dickens and his Publishers (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978).
Shattock, Joanne and Wolff, Michael, eds, The Victorian Periodical Press: Samplings and Soundings (Leicester University Press, 1982).
Sullivan, Alvin, ed., British Literary Magazines, 4 vols (Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1983–6).
Gardiner, John, Waterloo Directories of Irish, Scottish and English Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800–1900, 13 vols (Waterloo, ON: North Waterloo Academic Press, 1986–2003).
AUTHORSHIP AND THE PROFESSIONAL WRITER
Deane, Bradley, The Making of the Victorian Novelist: Anxieties of Authorship in the Mass Market (New York: Routledge, 2003).
Erickson, Lee, The Economy of Literary Form: English Literature and the Industrialization of Publishing, 1800–1850 (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996).
Patten, Robert L., Charles Dickens and his Publishers (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978).
Shillingsburg, Peter L., Pegasus in Harness: Victorian Publishing and W. M. Thackeray (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1992).
THE THEATRE
Booth, Michael, Prefaces to English Nineteenth-Century Theatre (Manchester University Press, 1976).
Booth, Michael, Theatre in the Victorian Age (Cambridge University Press, 1991).
Davis, Jim and Emeljanow, Victor, Reflecting the Audience: London Theatregoing, 1840–1880 (University of Iowa Press, 2001).
Emeljanow, Victor, Victorian Popular Dramatists (Boston: Twayne, 1987).
Fisher, Judith and Watt, Stephen, eds, When They Weren't Doing Shakespeare: Essays on Nineteenth-Century British and American Theatre (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1989).
Hays, Michael and Nikolopoulou, Anastasia, Melodrama: The Cultural Emergence of a Genre (New York: St Martin's Press, 1996).
Powell, Kerry, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Rowell, George, The Victorian Theatre: A Survey (Oxford University Press, 1956).
Vlock, Deborah, Dickens, Novel Reading, and the Victorian Popular Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 1998).
MELODRAMA
Axton, William, Circle of Fire: Dickens' Vision and Style and the Popular Victorian Theatre (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1966).
Booth, Michael R., English Melodrama (London: Jenkins, 1965).
Bratton, Jacky, Cook, Jim and Gledhill, Christine, eds, Melodrama: Stage, Picture, Screen (London: British Film Institute, 1994).
Brooks, Peter, The Melodramatic Imagination: Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama and the Mode of Excess (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1976).
Garis, Robert, The Dickens Theatre: A Reassessment of the Novels (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965).
Hadley, Elaine, Melodramatic Tactics: Theatricalized Dissent in the English Marketplace, 1800–1885 (StanfordUniversity Press, 1995).
Hays, Michael and Anastasia, Nikolopolou, eds, Melodrama: The Cultural Emergence of a Genre (Houndmills: Macmillan, 1996).
John, Juliet, Dickens's Villains: Melodrama, Character, Popular Culture (Oxford University Press, 2001).
Ledger, Sally, Dickens and the Popular Radical Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Meisel, Martin, Realizations: Narrative, Pictorial and Theatrical Arts in Nineteenth-Century England (Princeton University Press, 1983).
Worth, George, Dickensian Melodrama: A Reading of the Novels (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1978).
THE BILDUNGSROMAN
Gilmour, Robin, The Idea of the Gentleman in the Victorian Novel (London: Allen & Unwin, 1981).
Jeffers, Thomas L., Apprenticeships: The Bildungsroman from Goethe to Santayana (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).
Kontje, Todd, Private Lives in the Public Sphere: The German Bildungsroman as Metafiction (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1992).
Maynard, John R., ‘The Bildungsroman’, in A Companion to the Victorian Novel, ed. Brantlinger, Patrick and Thesing, William B. (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2002), 279–301.
Shaffner, Randolph P., The Apprenticeship Novel: A Study of the ‘Bildungsroman’ as a Regulative Type in Western Literature, with a Focus on Three Classic Representatives by Goethe, Maugham, and Mann (New York: Peter Lang, 1984).
VISUAL CULTURE
Curtis, Gerard, ‘Dickens in the Visual Market’, in Literature in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century British Publishing and Reading Practices, ed. Jordan, John O. and Patten, Robert L. (Cambridge University Press, 2003), 213–49.
Flint, Kate, The Victorians and the Visual Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
Lettis, Richard, ‘Dickens and Art’, Dickens Studies Annual, 14 (1985), 93–146.
Meisel, Martin, Realizations: Narrative, Pictorial, and Theatrical Arts in Nineteenth-Century England (Princeton University Press, 1983).
Ormond, Leonee, ‘Dickens and Painting: Contemporary Art’, Dickensian, 80 (1984), 2–25.
Ormond, Leonee, ‘Dickens and Painting: The Old Masters’, Dickensian, 79 (1983), 130–51.
Perugini, Kate, ‘Charles Dickens as a Lover of Art and Artists’, Magazine of Art, 27:1 (1903), 125–30; 27:2 (1903), 164–9.
Prettejohn, Elizabeth, The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites (Princeton University Press, 2000).
Thornton, Sara, Advertising, Subjectivity, and the Nineteenth-Century Novel: Dickens, Balzac, and the Language of the Walls (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
Wilkins, William Glyde and Matz, B. W., Charles Dickens in Cartoon and Caricature (Boston, MA: Bibliophile Society, 1924).
Wood, Christopher, Victorian Painting (London: Bullfinch Press, 1999).
THE HISTORICAL NOVEL
Bowen, John, ‘The Historical Novel’, in A Companion to the Victorian Novel, ed. Brantlinger, Patrick and Thesing, William (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), 244–59.
Chittick, Kathryn, Dickens and the 1830s (Cambridge University Press, 1990).
Duncan, Ian, Modern Romance and Transformations of the Novel: The Gothic, Scott, Dickens (Cambridge University Press, 1992).
Fleishman, Avrom, The English Historical Novel (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1971).
House, Humphry, The Dickens World (Oxford University Press, 1941).
Lukács, Gyorgy, The Historical Novel, translated by Mitchell, Hannah and Mitchell, Stanley (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983).
Maxwell, Richard, The Historical Novel in Europe, 1650–1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
Maxwell, Richard, The Mysteries of Paris and London (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1992).
St Clair, William, The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Sanders, Andrew, The Victorian Historical Novel 1840–1880 (London: Macmillan, 1978).
The Illustrated Novel
Cohen, Jane R., Charles Dickens and his Original Illustrators (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1980).
Golden, Catherine J., ed., Book Illustrated: Text, Image, and Culture, 1770–1930 (New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll, 2000).
Harvey, J. R., Victorian Novelists and their Illustrators (New York University Press, 1971).
Patten, Robert, ‘Serial Illustration and Storytelling in David Copperfield’, in The Victorian Illustrated Book, ed. Maxwell, Richard (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2002), 91–128.
Steig, Michael, Dickens and Phiz (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978).
Thomas, Julia, Pictorial Victorians: The Inscription of Values in Word and Image (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2004).
CHRISTMAS
Davis, Paul, The Lives and Times of Ebenezer Scrooge (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1990).
Parker, David, Dickensian, 89 (1993), special issue to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Carol.
Glancy, Ruth, Dickens's Christmas Books, Christmas Stories and Other Short Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography (New York: Garland, 1985).
Parker, David, Christmas and Charles Dickens (New York: AMS Press, 2005).
CHILDHOOD
Adrian, Arthur, Dickens and the Parent–Child Relationship (Ohio University Press, 1984).
Andrews, Malcolm, Dickens and the Grown-up Child (London: Macmillan, 1994).
Berry, Laura, The Child, the State and the Victorian Novel (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999).
Cunningham, Hugh, Children and Childhood in Western Society since 1500 (London: Longman, 1995).
Kosky, Jules, Mutual Friends: Charles Dickens and the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989).
Robson, Catherine, Men in Wonderland: The Lost Girlhood of the Victorian Gentleman (Princeton University Press, 2001).
Steedman, Carolyn, Strange Dislocations: Childhood and the Idea of Human Interiority, 1780–1920 (London: Virago, 1995).
Wilson, Angus, ‘Dickens on Children and Childhood’, in Dickens, 1970, ed. Slater, Michael (London: Chapman & Hall, 1970), 195–227.
WORK
Ackroyd, Peter, Dickens (London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1990; New York: HarperCollins, 1990).
Anthony, Peter D., The Ideology of Work (London: Tavistock, 1977).
Clayre, Alasdair, Work and Play: Ideas and Experience of Work and Leisure (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1974).
Lesjack, Carolyn, Working Fictions: A Genealogy of the Victorian Novel (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006).
Mitchell, Sally, ed., Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia (New York: Garland, 1988).
Rose, Sonya, Limited Livelihoods: Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century England (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992).
Europe
Anderson, Amanda, The Powers of Distance: Cosmopolitanism and the Cultivation of Detachment (Princeton University Press, 2001).
Buzard, James, The Beaten Track: European Tourism, Literature, and the Way to Culture, 1800–1918 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993).
Hollington, Michael, ed., Dickens and Italy (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009).
Jones, Colin, McDonagh, J. and Mee, J., eds, Charles Dickens, a Tale of Two Cities and the French Revolution (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2009).
Sadrin, Anny, ed., Dickens, Europe and the New Worlds (London: Macmillan, 1999).
AMERICA
Claybaugh, Amanda, The Novel of Purpose: Literature and Social Reform in the Anglo-American World (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2007).
Edgecombe, Rodney Stenning, ‘Topographic Disaffections in Dickens's American Notes and Martin Chuzzlewit’, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 93 (1994), 35–54.
Epstein, Jacob, ‘“America” in the Victorian Cultural Imagination’, in Anglo-American Attitudes: From Revolution to Partnership, ed. Leventhal, Fred M. and Quinault, Roland (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000).
John, Juliet, ‘“A body without a head”: The Idea of Mass Culture in Dickens's American Notes (1842)’, Journal of Victorian Culture, 12 (2007), 173–202.
Meckier, Jerome, Innocent Abroad: Charles Dickens's American Engagements (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1990).
Remini, Robert V., The Jacksonian Era, 2nd edn (Wheeling, IL: Harlan Davidson, 1997).
Slater, Michael, ed., Dickens on America and the Americans (Brighton: Harvester Press, 1979).
Woodward, C. Vann, The Old World's New World (New York Public Library and Oxford University Press, 1991).
EDUCATION
Collins, Philip, Dickens and Education (London: Macmillan, 1964).
Roach, John, A History of Secondary Education in England, 1800–1870 (London: Longman, 1986).
Tropp, Asher, The School Teachers: The Growth of the Teaching Profession in England and Wales from 1800 to the Present Day (London: Macmillan, 1956).
Wardle, David, English Popular Education, 1870–1970 (Cambridge University Press, 1970).
LONDON
Booth, Charles, Life and Labour in London, 2 vols (London and Edinburgh: Williams & Norgate, 1889, 1891).
Booth, Charles, Charles Dickens Encyclopedia, comp. Hardwick, Michael and Hardwick, Mollie (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973).
Jackson, Lee and Nathan, Eric, Victorian London (Enfield, London: New Holland, 2006).
Magetson, Stella, Victorian London from the Great Exhibition to the Queen's Death (London: Macdonald, 1969).
Mayhew, Henry, London Labour and the London Poor, 4 vols (London: Frank Cass, 1967).
Nead, Lynda, Victorian Babylon: People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth-Century London (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2000).
Sala, George Augustus, Twice Around the Clock: Or, the Hours of the Day and Night in London (London: Houlston & Wright, 1859).
POLITICS
Adelman, P., Victorian Radicalism: The Middle-Class Experience 1830–1914 (London: Longman, 1984).
Coleman, Bruce, Conservatism and the Conservative Party in Nineteenth-Century Britain (London: Hodder Arnold, 1988).
Jackson, Tommy A., Charles Dickens: The Progress of a Radical (London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1937).
Jenkins, T. A., The Liberal Ascendancy, 1830–1886 (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 1994).
Ledger, Sally, Dickens and the Radical Popular Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Sanders, Andrew, Dickens and the Spirit of the Age (Oxford University Press, 1999).
Wright, D. G., Popular Radicalism: The Working-Class Experience 1780–1880 (London: Longman, 1988).
POLITICAL ECONOMY
Blake, Kathleen, ‘Bleak House, Political Economy, Victorian Studies’, Victorian Literature and Culture, 25 (1997), 1–21.
Gagnier, Regenia, The Insatiability of Human Wants: Economics and Aesthetics in Market Society (University of Chicago Press, 2000).
Gallagher, Catherine, The Body Economic: Life, Death, and Sensation in Political Economy and the Victorian Novel (Princeton University Press, 2006).
Goodlad, Lauren, Victorian Literature and the Victorian State: Character and Governance in a Liberal Society (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).
Herbert, Christopher, ‘Filthy Lucre: Victorian Ideas of Money’, Victorian Studies, 44:2 (2002), 185–213.
Ledger, Sally, Dickens and the Popular Radical Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Poovey, Mary, A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society (University of Chicago Press, 1998).
Searle, G. R., Morality and the Market in Victorian Britain (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998).
THE ARISTOCRACY
Cannadine, David, Aspects of Aristocracy: Grandeur and Decline in Modern Britain (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1994).
Cannadine, David, The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1990).
Moers, Ellen, The Dandy: Brummell to Beerbohm (London: Secker & Warburg, 1960).
Sanders, Andrew, Dickens and the Spirit of the Age (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999).
THE MIDDLE CLASSES
Davidoff, Leonore and Hall, Catherine, Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780–1850 (University of Chicago Press, 1987).
Kidd, Alan and Nicholls, David, eds, The Making of the British Middle Class? (Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 1998).
Morris, R. J., Class, Sect and Party: The Making of the British Middle Class, Leeds 1820–1850 (Manchester University Press, 1990).
Neale, R. S., ‘Class and Class Consciousness in Early Nineteenth-Century England: Three Classes or Five?’, in History and Class: Essential Readings in Theory and Interpretation, ed. Neale, R. S. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1983), 143–64.
Poovey, Mary, Making a Social Body: British Cultural Formation 1830–1864 (University of Chicago Press, 1995).
Wahrman, Dror, Imagining the Middle Class: The Political Representation of Class in Britain, c. 1780–1840 (Cambridge University Press, 1995).
URBAN MIGRATION AND MOBILITY
Anderson, Michael, ‘Urban Migration in Victorian Britain: A Problem of Assimilation?’, in Immigration et société urbaine en Europe occidentale, XVIe–XXe, sous la direction d'Etienne François (Paris: Recherche sur les Civilisations, 1985).
Feldman, David, ‘Migration’, in The Cambridge Urban History of Britain, ed. Clark, Peter, 3 vols, (Cambridge University Press, 2001) vol. iii, 1840–1950, ed. Martin Daunton, 185–206.
McDonagh, Josephine, ‘On Settling and Being Unsettled: Legitimacy and Settlement around 1850’, in Legitimacy and Illegitimacy in Nineteenth-Century Law, Literature and History, ed. Finn, Margot, Lobban, Michael and Taylor, Jenny Bourne (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Moretti, Franco, The Atlas of the European Novel (London: Verso, 1998).
Pooley, Colin and Turnbull, Jean, Migration and Mobility since the Eighteenth Century (London: UCL Press, 1998).
Samuel, Raphael, ‘Comers and Goers’, in The Victorian City, ed. Dyos, H. J. and Wolff, Michael, 2 vols. (London: Routledge, 1973), vol. i, 123–60.
Sheppard, Francis, London: A History (Oxford University Press, 1998).
Tambling, Jeremy, Going Astray: Dickens and London (London: Pearson, 2009).
Williams, Raymond, The Country and the City (London: Chatto & Windus, 1973).
FINANCIAL MARKETS AND THE BANKING SYSTEM
Blake, Kathleen, The Pleasures of Benthamism: Victorian Literature, Utility, Political Economy (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Delany, Paul, Literature, Money and the Market from Trollope to Amis (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2002).
Hack, Daniel, The Material Interests of the Victorian Novel (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2005).
O'Gorman, Francis, ed., Victorian Literature and Finance (Oxford University Press, 2007).
Poovey, Mary, ed., The Financial System in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Oxford University Press, 2003).
Rose, Jonathan, ‘Was Capitalism Good for Victorian Literature?’, Victorian Studies, 46 (2004), 489–501.
Russell, Norman, The Novelist and Mammon: Literary Responses to the World of Commerce in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986).
EMPIRES AND COLONIES
Brantlinger, Patrick, Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830–1914 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1988).
Fiske, Shanyn, ‘Sati and Great Expectations: Dickens in the Wake of the Indian Mutiny’, Victorians Institute Journal, 36 (2007), 31–52.
Jacobson, Wendy S., Dickens and the Children of Empire (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2000).
MacDonald, Tara, ‘“Red-headed animal”: Race, Sexuality and Dickens's Uriah Heep’, Critical Survey, 17:2 (2005), 48–62.
Moore, Grace, Dickens and Empire: Discourses of Class, Race and Colonialism in the Works of Charles Dickens (Farnham: Ashgate, 2004).
Nayder, Lillian, ‘Catherine Dickens and her Colonial Sons’, Dickens Studies Annual, 37 (2006), 81–93.
Nayder, Lillian, ‘Class Consciousness and the Indian Mutiny in Dickens's “The Perils of Certain English Prisoners”’, Studies in English Literature, 32:4 (1992), 689–705.
Oddie, William, ‘Dickens and the Indian Mutiny’, Dickensian, 68 (1972), 3–17.
Perera, Suvendrini, ‘Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation: Empire and the Family Business in Dombey and Son’, Victorian Studies, 33:4 (1990), 603–20.
Peters, Laura, Orphan Texts: Victorian Orphans, Culture and Empire (Manchester University Press, 2000).
Rajan, Rajeswari Sunder, ‘“The shadow of that expatriated prince”: The Exorbitant Native of Dombey and Son’, Victorian Literature and Culture, 19 (1991), 85–106.
RACE
Bolt, Christine, Victorian Attitudes to Race (London: Routlege & Kegan Paul, 1971).
Curtin, Philip, The Image of Africa: British Ideas and Action, 1780–1850 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1964).
Moore, Grace, Dickens and Empire: Discourses of Class, Race and Colonialism in the Works of Charles Dickens (Aldershot & Vermont: Ashgate, 2004).
Stocking, George, Victorian Anthropology (New York: Free Press, 1987).
West, Shearer, ed., The Victorians and Race (Aldershot & Vermont: Ashgate, 1996).
CRIME
Alber, Jan and Lauterbach, Frank, eds, Stones of Law, Bricks of Shame: Narrating Imprisonment in the Victorian Age (University of Toronto Press, 2009).
Altick, Richard D., Victorian Studies in Scarlet (New York: W. W. Norton, 1970).
Collins, Philip, Dickens and Crime, 2nd edn (London: Macmillan, 1965).
Emsley, Clive, Crime and Society in England 1750–1900, 2nd edn (London: Longman, 1996).
Gatrell, V. A. C., The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People 1770–1868 (Oxford University Press, 1994).
Grass, Sean, The Self in the Cell: Narrating the Victorian Prisoner (London: Routledge, 2003).
Miller, D. A., The Novel and the Police (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988).
Schwarzbach, F. S., ‘“All the hideous apparatus of death”: Dickens and Executions’, in Executions and the British Experience from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century: A Collection of Essays, ed. Thesing, William B. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1990), 93–110.
Tambling, Jeremy, Dickens, Violence and the Modern State: Dreams of the Scaffold (Houndmills: Macmillan, 1995).
Zedner, Lucia, Women, Crime, and Custody in Victorian England (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991).
THE LAW
Brantlinger, Patrick, The Reading Lesson: The Threat of Mass Literacy in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998).
Dolin, Kieran, Fiction and the Law: Legal Discourse in Victorian and Modernist Literature (Cambridge University Press, 1999).
Grossman, Jonathan, The Art of Alibi: English Law Courts and the Novel, (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002).
Holdsworth, William, Charles Dickens as a Legal Historian (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1929).
Hollingsworth, Keith, The Newgate Novel 1830–1847: Bulwer, Ainsworth, Dickens, and Thackeray (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1963).
John, Juliet, Dickens's Villains (Oxford University Press, 2001).
Rodensky, Lisa, The Crime in Mind: Criminal Responsibility and the Victorian Novel (Oxford University Press, 2003).
Schramm, Jan-Melissa, Testimony and Advocacy in Victorian Law, Literature and Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
Thomas, Ronald, Detective Fiction and the Rise of Forensic Science (Cambridge University Press, 1999).
Welsh, Alexander, Strong Representations: Narrative and Circumstantial Evidence in England (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992).
RELIGION
Larson, Janet, Dickens and the Broken Scripture (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1985).
Mason, Emma and Knight, Mark, Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2006).
Oulton, Carolyn, Literature and Religion in Mid-Victorian England: From Dickens to Eliot (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2003).
Schad, John, Queer Fish: Christian Unreason from Darwin to Derrida (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2004).
Walder, Dennis, Dickens and Religion (London: Allen & Unwin, 1981).
SCIENCE
Beer, Gillian, Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 1983).
Cantor, Geoffrey et al., Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical: Reading the Magazine of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Levine, George, Darwin and the Novelists: Patterns of Science in Victorian Fiction (University of Chicago Press, 1991).
Shuttleworth, Sally, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Science: The Make-Believe of a Beginning (Cambridge University Press, 1984).
TRANSPORT
Bagwell, Philip S., The Transport Revolution (London: Routledge, 1988).
Buzard, James, The Beaten Track: European Tourism, Literature, and the Ways to Culture, 1800–1918 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993).
Culler, Jonathan, ‘The Semiotics of Tourism’, in Framing the Sign: Criticism and its Institutions (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1988).
Freeman, Michael, Railways and the Victorian Imagination (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1999).
Schivelbusch, Wolfgang, The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the 19th Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986).
Wallace, Anne D., Walking, Literature, and English Culture: The Origins and Uses of Peripatetic in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993).
ILLNESS, DISEASE AND SOCIAL HYGIENE
Bailin, Miriam, The Sickroom in Victorian Fiction: the Art of Being Ill (Cambridge University Press, 1994).
Gilbert, Pamela, The Citizen's Body: Desire, Health, and the Social in Victorian England (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2007).
Poovey, Mary, Making a Social Body: British Cultural Formation, 1830–1864 (University of Chicago Press, 1995).
Sontag, Susan, Illness as Metaphor (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1978).
Sontag, Susan, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, Dickens and Medicine, exhibition catalogue (Old Woking, Surrey: Gresham Press, 1970).
Wohl, Anthony, Endangered Lives: Public Health in Victorian Britain (London: J. M. Dent, 1983).
DOMESTICITY
Calder, Jenni, The Victorian Home (London: Batsford, 1977).
Chase, Karen and Levenson, Michael, The Spectacle of Intimacy: A Public Life for the Victorian Family (Princeton University Press, 2000).
Lane, Margaret, ‘Dickens on the Hearth’, in Dickens 1970: Centenary Essays, ed. Slater, Michael (London: Chapman & Hall, 1970), 153–71.
Langland, Elizabeth, Nobody's Angels: Middle-Class Women and Domestic Ideology in Victorian Culture, (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995).
Waters, Catherine, Dickens and the Politics of the Family (Cambridge University Press, 1997).
SEXUALITY
Foucault, Michel, The History of Sexuality, vol. i, trans. Hurley, Robert (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1998 [1976]).
Furneaux, Holly, Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Marcus, Sharon, Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton University Press, 2007).
Mason, Michael, The Making of Victorian Sexual Attitudes (Oxford University Press, 1994).
Mason, Michael, The Making of Victorian Sexuality (Oxford University Press, 1994).
Porter, Roy and Hall, Lesley, The Facts of Life: The Creation of Sexual Knowledge in Britain, 1650–1950 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1995).
Sweet, Matthew, Inventing the Victorians (London: Faber, 2001).
Tomalin, Claire, The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1991).
Weeks, Jeffrey, Sex, Politics and Society: The Regulation of Sexuality since 1800 (London: Longman, 1981).
GENDER IDENTITIES
Cole, Natalie, ‘Dickens and Gender: Recent Studies 1992–2007’, Dickens Studies Annual: Essays on Victorian Fiction, 39 (2008), 303–96.
Furneaux, Holly, Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Poovey, Mary, Uneven Developments: The Ideological Work of Gender in Mid-Victorian England (University of Chicago Press, 1988).
Sussman, Herbert, Victorian Masculinities: Manhood and Masculine Poetics in Early Victorian Literature and Art (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

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