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Dickens and Gender:
Recent Studies, 1992–2008

By Natalie B. Cole

LC 2009026840
ISBN-10: 0-404-64474-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-404-64474-1

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Dickens in the context of contemporary gender studies in general, Cole’s survey concludes with descriptions of as yet unpublished papers on Dickens and gender and suggests areas still in need of further exploration.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” on Gender
2. Families
     Marriage, Spousal Abuse, and the Law
     Mothers and Surrogates
     Fathers and Surrogates
3. Sexualities
     Lesbian Erotics and Queer Theory
     Homoerotics and Queer Theory
     Bachelor Masculinities
     “Odd Women” and “Fallen Women”
     Relational Femininities and Masculinities
     Victorian Bodies
4. Work
     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
     Cultural Authorities
     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
Works Cited
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.
     I. Title.
PR4592.S47C65 2009
823'.8—dc22                                                       2009026840