Shakespeare and Dickens: The Dynamics of Influence

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Cambridge University Press, 1996 M06 6 - 419 pages
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Tracing Dickens' interest in Shakespeare through his own reading and performance and through numerous theatrical, literary, and artistic sources, Shakespeare and Dickens argues that imaginative transformations of Shakespeare's words and ideas enrich all aspects of Dickens' writing, including aesthetic principles, language, imagery, plot, theme, tone, structure, and characterization. The book proceeds to examine theoretical ideas about influence and allusion as aspects of style, and analyzes ways in which Dickens typically employs references to Shakespeare. The final section catalogues approximately one thousand references to Shakespeare's plays and poems drawn from Dickens' fiction, essays, letters, and speeches.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
early Shakespearean influences
25
Dickenss remarkable memory
57
Macready as Macbeth Engraved by T Sherratt from
74
W C Macready and Daniel Maclise
83
Two untitled illustrations from A Journal Kept by Richard
84
Hamlet Act 3 Scene 1 from George Scharf Recollections
90
Dickens as actormanager
109
Sir John Everett Millais Ophelia 18512 Courtesy of
169
typical functions of Dickenss
189
Shakespeareana in Dombey and Son
212
Hablot Knight Browne Our Pew at Church Chapter
223
Hablot Knight Browne The Friendly Waiter and
230
Preface to the catalogue
247
Appendix A John Forsters authorship of The Restoration
371
Appendix B DickensShakespeare chronology
378

Dickens as theatre critic
120
Dickenss aesthetic principles
155

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