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Dickens and Mass Culture

Juliet John


That the idea of Dickens and the adjective ‘Dickensian’ continue to have a cultural resonance which extends beyond the book‐buying public almost two centuries after Dickens's birth is testimony to his sense of himself as a mass cultural artist. This book contends that Dickens's popularity is unique, different even from that of Shakespeare because, writing in ‘the first age of mass culture’, Dickens was instinctively aware of the changed context of art, or of the need for popular art to find its place in an age of mechanical reproduction. The book describes the ways in which he envisioned and e ... More

Keywords: Dickens, mass culture, screen, journalism, public readings, America, machine, money, Dickens World, heritage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199257928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juliet John, author
Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature, University of Liverpool
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