Dickens's villains : melodrama, character, popular culture / Juliet John

Author(s): John, Juliet, 1967-
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Subjects: Popular culture--England--History--19th century
Villains in literature
Melodrama
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870--Characters--Villains
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001
LC Classification: P, PR
Table of Contents: A Note on the Text
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. I. Melodrama, Villainy, Acting
1. Intellectual Incorrectness: Melodrama, Populism, Cultural Hierarchies 23
2. The Villains of Stage Melodrama: Romanticism and the Politics of Character 42
3. Dickens, Acting, and Ambivalence: Periodical Passions 70
Pt. II. Dickens's Novels
4. Melodramatic Poetics and the Gothic Villain: Interiority, Deviance, Emotion 95
5. Twisting the Newgate Tale: Popular Culture, Pleasure, and the Politics of Genre 122
6. Dickens and Dandyism: Masking Interiority 141
7. Byronic Baddies, Melodramatic Anxieties 171
8. Sincerely Deviant Women 199
Afterword 235
Bibliography 238
Index 253
Notes: LCCN: 00053038
ISBN: 0198184611 (acid-free paper)
Contents: Intellectual incorrectness: melodrama, populism, cultural hierarchies -- The villains of stage melodrama: romanticism and the politics of character -- Dickens, acting, and ambivalence: periodical passions -- Melodramatic poetics and the gothic villain: interiority, deviance, emotion -- Twisting the Newgate tale: popular culture, pleasure, and the politics of genre -- Dickens and dandyism: masking interiority -- Byronic baddies, melodramatic anxieties -- Sincerely deviant women
Includes bibliographical references (p. [238]-252) and index
Physical Description: xiii, 258 p. ; 23 cm
OCLC Number: 45438180
ISBN/ISSN: 0198184611

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