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Dickens and Gender:
Recent Studies, 1992–2008
By Natalie B. Cole
AMS Studies in the Nineteenth Century, No. 44
This lively and carefully considered survey details scholarly writings on Dickens and gender published between 1992 and 2008. Cole analyzes nearly 200 books and essays to give students and advanced researchers a sense of the range, richness, and complexity of the work being done in this vital field. Introduced with an essay situating work on Dickens in the context of contemporary gender studies in general, Cole’s survey concludes with descriptions of as yet unpublished papers on Dickens and gender and suggests areas still in need of further exploration.
1. Review Essays and “Quick Takes”
Marriage, Spousal Abuse, and the Law
Mothers and Surrogates
Fathers and Surrogates
Lesbian Erotics and Queer Theory
Homoerotics and Queer Theory
“Odd Women” and “Fallen Women”
Relational Femininities and Masculinities
Masculinities and Work
Femininities and Work
Redefinitions of Domesticity and Domestic Space
5. Victorian and Other Cultural Contexts
Intertextual Readings of Dickens
Empire and Nationalism
Industrialism and Urban Contagion
Archetypes, Icons, and Myths
6. Gender, Genre, and Narrative
Genre and Gender
Gender and Narration in Dombey and Son and David Copperfield
Gender and Narration in Bleak House
Appendix of Works Cited listed under Novel/Text by Dickens
Secondary Works Cited
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Cole, Natalie B.
Dickens and gender : recent studies, 1992–2008 / Natalie B. Cole.
p. cm. — (AMS studies in the nineteenth century, ISSN 0196-657X ; no. 44)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-0-404-64474-1 (cloth : alk. paper)
1. Dickens, Charles, 1812–1870—Criticism and interpretation.
2. Sex role in literature.
3. Gender identity in literature.
4. Literature and society—Great Britain—History—19th century.