- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; New edition edition (August 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1443820741
- ISBN-13: 978-1443820745
- Package Dimensions: 8 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
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Contingencies and Masterly Fictions: Countertextuality in Dickens, Contemporary Fiction and Theory Hardcover – Unabridged, August 1, 2010
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In bringing together certain unlikely figures, and placing them in unexpected juxtaposition, Lauren Watson has done Dickensians everywhere an inestimable service with Contingencies and Masterly Fictions : Contextuality in Dickens, Contemporary Fiction and Theory. This adventurous intertextual study of Charles Dickens demonstrates with verve and commitment the extent to which Dickens was an experimental and profoundly engaged writer, whose practices destabilise repeatedly the reader's relationship with the text and the worlds the text constructs. Illuminating the ways in which Dickens anticipates various critical and authorial discourses of the late twentieth century, Lauren Watson offers us a fascinatingly different Dickens, a Dickens of difference. Producing a countersignature to the Dickensian text, Contingencies and Masterly Fictions : Contextuality in Dickens, Contemporary Fiction and Theory traces Dickens's own countersignatures to the institutions and cultures of his times. --Julian Wolfreys, Professor of Modern Literature and Culture, Loughborough University
This is a wonderful and, in many ways, monumental study. It is intellectually ambitious in the very best possible sense, developing a very original triangular way with the work of Charles Dickens, as each of its four long chapters places one Dickens novel alongside not only a major literary theorist of the late-20th century but also a novel from this same era. The result is a hugely demanding project, requiring a sophisticated grasp of such complex thinkers as Derrida, Kristeva and Bhabha as well such demanding meta-fictions as Ackroyd's Dickens, Carey's Jack Maggs, and Swift's Waterland. Juggling so many texts and writers, Lauren Watson produces a wonderfully impressive labour of intellectual love in which she proves herself more than equal to the enormous challenge she sets herself. Watson's grasp of the theory is outstanding; and just as strong is her capacity for the closest of reading. The interpretive riches that flow from this combination are very considerable, as time and again the very specific juxtapositions and collisions that arise from each chapter's experiment in triangular reading issue in exhilarating moments of close reading. --John Schad, Professor of Modern Literature, Department of English and Creative Writing, University of Lancaster
About the Author
Lauren completed a B.A at St. Martin's College (University of Cumbria) and a M.A at Liverpool University, before gaining her doctorate at Lancaster University in 2007. Her main research interests are Victorian culture, the relationship between 19th and 20th century literature and literary theory. This is her first book. In addition to her research, Lauren has also taught at Lancaster University since 2008.
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