Dickens's Dialogue: Margins of Conversation (BOK)

Dickens's Dialogue: Margins of Conversation (BOK)

George Goodin

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Dickens's Dialogue: Margins of Conversation explores the rhetoric of Dickens's characters and its place in his work. Drawing on Victorian conversation manuals and more recent philosophical, sociological, and linguistic insights into the nature of conversations, Goodin describes three major character types whose rhetorical strategies exemplify the conflicting forces of cooperation and violation that shape many conversations.

Bullies such as Eugene Wrayburn (Our Mutual Friend) marshal interruption, interrogation, inattention, silence, and other devices to compete for conversational power. Con artists such as Sam Weller (The Pickwick Papers) seek intimacy or reduced social distance through what they say, whether flattering or self-deprecating, as well as what they do, like whispering or shaking hands. And muddlers such as Cousin Feenix (Dombey and Son) often consciously avoid the perils of clarity by introducing various forms of incoherence--not least by inserting parentheses within parentheses.

These strategies also work together in individual novels to further Dickens's own purposes, as an extended treatment of Dombey and Son shows in Goodin's concluding chapter.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Forfatter George Goodin Forlag
ISBN 9780404644703 Antall sider 277
Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2,8cm Vekt 605 gram
Emner og form Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900