Going Astray: Dickens and London (Paperback)Professor Jeremy Tambling (author)
Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 13/10/2008
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Ã Among the numerous books on DickensÃ s London, Going Astray is unique in combining detailed topography and biography with close textual analysis and theoretically informed critiques of most of the novelistÃ s major works. In Jeremy TamblingÃ s intriguing and illuminating synthesis, the London A-Z meets Nietzsche, Benjamin and Derrida.Ã Rick Allen, author of The Moving Pageant: A Literary Sourcebook on London Street-Life, 1700-1914Dickens wrote so insistently about London Ã its streets, its people, its unknown areas Ã that certain parts of the city are forever haunted by him. Going Astray: Dickens and London looks at the novelistÃ s delight in losing the self in the labyrinthine city and maps that interest, onto the compulsion to Ã go astrayÃ in writing.Drawing on all DickensÃ published writings (including the journalism but concentrating on the novels), Jeremy Tambling considers the authorÃ s kaleidoscopic characterisations of London: as prison and as legal centre; as the heart of empire and of traumatic memory; as the place of the uncanny; as an old curiosity shop. His study examines the relations between narrative and the city, and explores how the metropolis encapsulates the problems of modernity for Dickens Ã as well as suggesting the limits of representation. Combining contemporary literary and cultural theory with historical maps, photographs and contextual detail, Jeremy TamblingÃ s book is an indispensable guide to Dickens, nineteenth- century literature, and the city itself.
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 638 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 22 mm
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